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Again

Again – Kudo Shizuka

I’ve posted a number of Shizuka’s songs multiple times but this one only once. I can’t explain why, it’s one of my favourites. Here’s her singing it as the showstopper in a 1990 concert, which thanks to the Japanese adoption of laserdisc has been preserved pristinely for this youtube generation.

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Today: Pain – Die Kreuzen

Yesterday: Mugo n Iroppoi – Kudo Shizuka

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Mugo n Iroppoi

Mugo n Iroppoi – Kudo Shizuka

Watching Kudo Shizuka clips as i do, over and over, she tends to make mistakes a lot and it’s this song that she seems to mess up the most. I’m not sure why. I think it may have to do with the different ways it was truncated for live broadcast, and she losing her place in the mix. But no one laughs it off better than she, snapping out from her stage perfection to her goofy self and back in again.

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Kindan no Telepathy

Kindan no telepathy – Kudo Shizuka

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Koi Hitoyo

Koi hitoyo – Kudo Shizuka

Again?! To abate the pain of Bullwinkle pulling this rabbit out of his hat, here’s a nice video of Shizuka singing this song live.

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Mugo n Iroppoi

Mugo n Iroppoi – Kudo Shizuka

I also like this song a lot, despite it again sounding too much like end of the decade 80’s. Maybe i’m coming around to it. She can’t help the era she came up in, and she was perfect for it regardless.

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Koi Hitoyo

Koi hitoyo – Kudo Shizuka

Dig that fretless bass, or the synthesizer approximation thereof. I spend more time with individual pop songs than i do whatever you’d class the other music i listen to. I guess that’s their purpose. Anyway, from Shizuka lately it has been constant immersion for me in this song. It is full of those late in the decade elements and instruments (like the aforementioned fretless bass) that have stood in the way of me liking certain songs before, and it’s a power ballad on top of that, but am i ever in love with it. Research tells me this song was used as a commercial for an open air museum in Hakone, which (the town, not the museum) is on my list of places to visit someday. I can’t remember why it is on there, but it is, and this song finding me disparately as it did just makes it seem fated. One day.

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