Judy and Mary: A Tribute (Album)

Being newish to the Japanese music scene, I’ll admit that I’m not as familiar with Judy and Mary as some others may be. So while I may not be the best judge of how awesome this could turn out to be, I am looking forward to an upcoming tribute album, to be released on March 18.

Reading up on their history and seeing some of the tunes they’ve produced, things did begin to click in my head and perhaps a few bits of familiarity as well. What I’ll say tho, is that I’m most excited about is the list of artists who are giving this a go.

  • Ikimono Gakari – Classic
  • Ai Otsuka – LOVER SOUL
  • Okuda Tamio – Sanpomichi
  • Kimura Kaela – Happy?
  • SHIGI – KYOTO
  • SCANDAL – DAYDREAM
  • school food punishment – Brand New Wave Upper Ground
  • SUNEOHAIR – Chiisa na Koro kara
  • Nakagawa Shouko – Sobakasu
  • PUFFY – motto
  • HALCALI – Lucky Pool
  • Takeshi Hanzawa (FreeTEMPO) – RADIO
  • Magokoro Brothers – Doki Doki
  • Midori – Music Fighter
  • mihimaru GT – Over Drive

15 artists for 15 years; a great line up, ne? Nakagawa Shouko had previously covered an opening theme from Rurouni Kenshin with 1/2, which I loved. She’s at it again similarly with Sobakasu, which I’ll definitely be looking forward to. Being familiar with a big chunk of the artists on the list is what’s really got me anticipating this, plus from my limited listening, Judy and Mary’s overall sound is great.

Hmm, so far it doesn’t look like I’m going to get my wish of fewer cover songs this year. Ah well, at least they’re breaking the resolution early and who am I to complain.

Thanks for the tip Henkka; via Tokyograph and natalie news.

5 Responses to “Judy and Mary: A Tribute (Album)”

  1. ShadowfaxSTF says:

    You know, I was just scrolling through your blog when suddenly the words HALCALI screamed out at me.

    I know, I'm awful, writing a comment about this. Fine, I'll get reading the rest of the article too… xD

    But if you don't know them, Tandem, Giri Giri Surf Rider, Look, Long Kiss Good Bye. I love Buono because something about them is different from the mainstream. That's why I love Halcali too, and I'd recommend you try them; YouTube shows all. :P

    Thus, my top 3 favorite groups at the time are Halcali, Perfume (another cute yet radically different group; Secret Secret, Dream Fighter, Seventh Heaven), and Buono!

    • solo-kun says:

      HALCALI is one on the list that I have heard of before, and I like their stuff as well. Let me say, their Lucky Pool cover is one of the better songs on the album, I'm working on a quick review, but I really enjoyed it.

  2. solo-kun says:

    A quick review and song previews can be found here:
    Judy and Mary 15th Anniversary Tribute Album

  3. tonkatsu says:

    Judy and Mary have been around for some time and while I like them, I really like some of the younger bands like Baseball Bear. Check them out they got a new single coming soon
    http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/baseballbears-new

    • solo-kun says:

      I've been going over Judy and Mary's discography and I like a lot of their stuff. They have a singles collection coming up too.

      There's some stuff of BBB's that I enjoy tho I've only been following them for a short while. I'll continue to follow them, picking out bits and pieces that I enjoy.