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28 August 2005 @ 05:56 am
Things I Never Knew  
Well, some time back, I got hooked on Puffy AmiYumi (or, just Puffy, as they're called in Japan). I found out later that the band was produced (and many of their best songs were written) by Andy Sturmer, who happened to be a member of my favorite short-lived U.S. band, Jellyfish. Of course, I got hooked on Puffy because of Teen Titans (not that I had any interest in the show itself, but somebody once mentioned that the theme song was sometimes sung in Japanese, and I had to check that out. I ended up thinking it was catchy -- I've always been a fan of that retro-pop sound that Puffy and Jellyfish both have different versions of -- and went looking for their other stuff). And I got hooked on J-Pop because of Puffy AmiYumi.

Well, apparently I've managed to top this in the coincidence department. You see, two of my other favorite Japanese bands happen to be The Brilliant Green and Tommy February 6 (technically, the "6" should be superscript, but I'm lazy). They sound utterly different from each other (TBG is kind of alternative rock, and TF6 is total goofball bubblegum dancepop), but, um, they're sort of exactly the same. In that Tommy February 6 was what the singer (Kawase Tomoko) did when The Brilliant Green was (apparently) taking a long break. (The name comes from the fact that Tomoko's birthday was the 6th of February, 1974.) And I had no idea whatsoever, nor would I have ever guessed.

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised to find out they were produced by Andy Sturmer.
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Eric: music basaraseattleotaku on August 28th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
And don't forget Tommy Heavenly6 (also Kawase-san, but with a hard-rock/metal band backing)... no link to Sturmer that I'm aware of, but check out the LJ community, too. :)

Now if only "revenus" would do things beyond their debut album (and couple singles) from years ago.
Douglas Triggs: girdoubt72 on August 28th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I ran across the name in the process of discovering the rest, but couldn't find any of the actual music.

You know, at some point maybe I'll post something soliciting suggestions for new bands to go check out (making a list of the ones I currently like, for comparison purposes), but not today.

And you know, your average Japanese idol doesn't do much for me, but yowsa, Kawase-san is totally cute. And not so freakin' young, either.
Douglas Triggs: girdoubt72 on August 28th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Of course, on the other hand, Andy Sturmer doesn't do much for me. :)