Archive for January 25, 2009

Japan just pulled my ear…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2009 by pulmyears

I was just over in Tokyo between Christmas and New Years, and like so many gai-jin folks I get a kick out of the way English words and names crop up in the pop culture there. It’s probably immature or even politically incorrect, but I love a place¬† where they have a successful group with a name like Mr. Children, seen in this Tokyo HMV shop window:


Anyway, I’ve been back for three weeks now, but online I just heard a great single by a band called Winnie,

A Jpeg of Winnie (not Winnipeg).

A Jpeg of Winnie (not Winnipeg).

They have plenty of great titles, like “Ruby Tube Tail,” “Girls Like New Softly,” “Swing Teenage Records Stain” and “We’re Good Five Sounds Enough,” from their EP entitled Restock This Falling Wrong. Their new¬† single, and video, is called “First Class Speed of Light” from their new mini-album Headquarter.

Since I don’t read kanji, there is very little I could tell you about the four-piece Jpop (J-powerpop?) band, other than the fact that they have hooky songs and are comprised of three guys and one girl, and that the lead vocals seem to be shared by the front guy guitarist Okuji and the girl guitarist Lori. But thanks to their website, I know Lori and Okuji’s stage setups (???)

Lori from Winnie's setup
Okuji from Winnie's setup

Anyway, that’s all for now. Have a nice day. And may happiness come to you in the first class speed of light…

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