Wota Wonderings 1

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New Year’s Resolutions

If you were someone in the Japanese music industry who could influence a change, what would your New Year’s resolution be?

So over winter break I was having a good long chat with my buddy JMI. Jamie, as she likes to be called, is a big time player in the Japanese music industry, heck you could even say that she is the Japanese music industry, from a female pop vocalist’s perspective anyway. In any case, I rarely get to talk to her anymore since she’s becoming so popular over in Japan and around the world really, so I was glad that were able to both find a little down time to reflect on the past and coming years.

At one point in our reminiscing, Jamie and I switched gears and began rattling off a list of resolutions that we’d like to stick to for the coming year. You know, loose a little weight, kicking off an image change, looking to the future and blah blah blah. We had been batting around quite a few ideas but one of hers really stuck out for me. Jamie was somewhat disappointed with some of her performances over the last year or so. Specifically, she has been releasing a lot of cover songs lately and felt that she was lacking in originality, she wasn’t singing her own voice so to speak.

On that point, I countered by admitting that covers can be fun, but in the end realized that I too was ready to move on. While we must always remember where we started, we must also push forward with great innovation. If I were in Jamie’s shoes, I’d probably have the same feeling. I mean, the list of covers wasn’t too grandiose, but a lot of  other Japanese artists had released cover songs too.

Dschinghis Khan Tarutaru Mix

WTF was that!?

Berryz Koubou – They released Dchingus Khan and then they had the nerve to offer up a crakafied remix. Well, I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it and it was kinda unique turn in the H!PSphere at the time. One has to admit tho that covering an old German Pop band is a bit odd.

°C-uteEdo no Temari Uta II didn’t feel too much like a cover really, but I guess it is what it is. Popifying an Enka song coud work I guess, but I didn’t really like the song too much.

GO!GO!7188 – Released a mini cover album, Tora no Ana 2, a sequel to Tora no Ana which they had released some time ago. There were a couple of songs that they totally made their own, while other songs were done a little bit of a disservice.

Shokotan☆Cover x2 ~Anisong ni Ai wo Kome

Anime songs desu.

Nakagawa Shouko – Another one with a mini album of nothing but covers. Released in late 2007, but it does kinda fit Shokotan’s style. Anime covers for a Seiyuu and otaku works.

Morning Musume – Pepper Keibu as a single, all right cool; it seems like Hello!Project was on a thing with each of the Wonderful Hearts releasing a cover song. Then they come out with an entire album devoted to covers… Morning Musume didn’t release a lot this year and what they did release was a bunch of covers. I’m not much of a MM fan anyway, and really wasn’t too impressed by it all. It may be an underappreciation of the source material, or rather a sort of ignorance.

Nanni mo Iwazu ni I LOVE YOU

We will remember you, always?

v-u-den – Their last song was a cover, for shame. I mean really, they should have gone out with something original, something that we would truly remember them by. Top top it off, it was a cover of a Morning Musume song, so nothing overly unique. Maybe there was some sort of significance in it all that just went over my head.

I’m sure there were a lot more out there. And again, while covers aren’t neccicarily a bad thing and can often produce entertaining results, Jamie and I both agreed that it’d be a good idea to cut back on them. We’ll see how things go, but I’m really rooting for Jamie to stick to her resolutions this year.

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