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Turn It Into Love

Turn it into love – Wink

Really 愛が止まらない, but i’ll keep the English title. Perhaps to have it better compared to the Kylie Minogue version, which it is superior to in every way. Kylie did a lot of things well, but conveying the totality of love, and in contrast the black void of being without it, was not one of them. It came too easily and carefree for her. Leave it to Wink and their purportedly expressionless doll demeanour to carry that everything. Expression through suppression.

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Samishii Nettaigyo

Samishii nettaigyo – Wink

Repeat day video post, because the edge they had over not only Kylie Minogue and the Nolans (…) but everything else in Japan at that time was how beautiful it all was in motion. Dig their outfits. No Hips Road pyjama ensembles for them.

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Samishii Nettaigyo

Samishii nettaigyo – Wink

The shiniest stars of the post-Onyanko landscape, leaving them a world away. In sales as well as music. Gone are the live instrumentation and retro rock feel, and in comes the Stock-Aitken-Waterman Eurobeat hit assembly line revolution. It had to it Japan, and it could have been anyone to come along and bulldoze over everything with it. Fate, timing and pop mechanics made that group Wink. In fact their first hit was a Stock, Aitken and Waterman song: a cover of Kylie Minogue’s Turn It Into Love, a definitive version of a song if there ever was one. This builds on that template and would become their biggest and most defining hit. In a matter of exchange, this song was subsequently covered by the Nolans as Tidal Wave. Again, the Wink version is the definitive.

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