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Fushigi TOKYO Cinderella

Fushigi TOKYO Cinderella – Saint Four

It’s the same song as yesterday! What can be don? I could stop listening to it so much. I’ll post an encore perfromance of the same concert i posted yesterday. They let their fans sing this one.

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Fushigi TOKYO Cinderella

Fushigi TOKYO Cinderalla – Saint Four

Below is a blurry live video of this song at what must be one of Saint Four’s last outings as a group. The money isn’t coming in any more, the songs aren’t charting, support has left and gone on to other things, the production has scaled down, and one of the members has even left. But tell that to the three remaining girls and the dedicated down front, and really throughout the whole building, enraptured, screaming along, pumping their fists, and giving everything that one last time.

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Taiyou o dakishimero – Saint Four

I would make a great Wota. I find the spectacle of them incredible, and to feel things that intensely, to be moved that much, to give up and wear on my sleeve everything better social judgement would keep hidden, and to share that with a community, it all just seems the powerful and most apt reaction to music. Here’s a fancam video of Saint Four during one of their last shows in 1987. They are a three piece here, Yumiko having left the group, but you wouldn’t look and listen to the crowd and think anything was lacking. This was the greatest, most important moment of many of their lives and they give everything to it. That sea of hands and glowsticks waving in unison…

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Fushigi TOKYO Cinderalla – Saint Four

Like Onyanko Club, Saint Four had their own movie. It came as part of their debut process, blurring its own fiction and the actual recruitment and training process of the group. Titled The Audition, in it we watch Saint Four work through the fear, pain and the limits of human endurance requisite to become the best girl group the world has ever seen. Myth or reality, it hardly matters. The effect is clear – the songs, the way they move on stage, the backflips, the sweat, the breathlessness, the desperation, the all. It had to come from something incredible. Why not let it come from this?

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Taiyou o Dakishimero

Taiyou o dakishimero – Saint Four

Embracing the Sun. Ok. Saint Four began in 1984 as the result of a mail-in competition to form a girl group. Produced by Hashi Yukio and with a 4 billion yen development capital and i think two years of training, out of the 30 000 who replied, Hamada Noriko, Suzuki Yukie, Iwama Saori, and Itaya Yumiko (one of the first idols to wear glasses on stage, though apparently at the demand of the record company) were chosen and were the most excessively energetic pop group to have ever existed.

Their songs effectively demanded it, especially the upbeat ones like this, driving them on stage to some unremitting, trance-like exorcism of rhythm and tempo, but surely they could have done less. It depends. On-stage, choreographed acrobatics like backflips and aerials and non-stop movement came all at the sake of their singing ability, or even being able to breathe. But they were forsaken for something far greater: The effect of it, the frenzy they’re caught in and enrapture the audience with, is one of the most moving, most rhapsodic spells cast by any music, ever.

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