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Songs about Tokyo/Japan

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Songs about Tokyo/Japan

Postby Surly » Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:13 am

I'm building a playlist on my iPod for my upcoming trip to Tokyo, and I'm looking for suggestions. Here's what I have so far:

Classix Nouveaux - "Tokyo"
A Flock Of Seagulls - "Tokyo"
Bruce Cockburn - "Tokyo"
Thompson Twins - "Tokyo"
Elvis Costello - "Tokyo Storm Warning"
Bryan Ferry - "Tokyo Joe"
Sonic Youth - "Tokyo Eye"
The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"
Kraftwerk - "Dentaku"
Alphaville - "Big In Japan"
Japan - "Life In Tokyo"
Tom Waits - "Big In Japan"
Aneka - "Japanese Boy"
Nick Lowe - "Gai-Gin Man"
Be Bop Deluxe - "Japan"
David Bowie - "Crystal Japan" and "It's No Game (Part 1)"
Ultravox - "Western Promise" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour"
Pere Ubu - "30 Seconds Over Tokyo"
Graham Parker - "Discovering Japan"
The Tubes - "Sushi Girl"
The Cure - "The Walk" ("...I saw you look like a Japanese baby...")

Any suggestions? Trying to keep it new wave/indie/alternative.




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Postby DevoManiac101 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:25 am

Glamour Cult - Tokyo Streets
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Postby manekineko » Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:01 am

Great list! Last year I made a compilation of songs about Japan and China and I used many of the songs on your list. Other songs to include:

The following three songs all have the instrumental surf-music sound with oriental elements:
The Raybeats - B-Gas Rickshaw
Los Straitjackets - Tsunami
The Neptunas - Hai Karate

And these about samurai:
Oingo Boingo - Reptiles and Samurai
Pet Shop Boys - The Samurai in Autumn

Also on my compilation I included Japanese groups: Pizzicato Five, Shonen Knife, The 5,6,7,8's, and Thee Michelle Gun Elephant.

What are your plans for Tokyo? I used to live in a Tokyo suburb and I miss it terribly! Where are you planning to go? Have you been there before?

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Postby n/a12 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:20 am

at the moment, i can only think of "Madame Butterfly" by Malcolm McLaren.
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Postby rewind » Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:39 am

Vicious Pink Phenomenon - "My Private Tokyo"
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Postby n/a12 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:45 am

Pogues - "Pachinko", if that counts.
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Postby scramjet » Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:44 am

The Cure - Kyoto Song
Hoodoo Gurus - I was a Kamikaze Pilot

Does anything by Pearl Harbor & the Explosions count?
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Postby eight6 » Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:52 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by DevoManiac101[/i]
<br>Glamour Cult - Tokyo Streets
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Glamorcult. Let's be CC (Colourfield correct) about this.

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Postby brock » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:24 am

Translator - Everywhere That I'm Not

edit - You could always throw in Humpe-Humpe by Yama-Ha[:D]

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Postby edisonoside » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:43 am

*Tighten Up (Japanese Gentlemen Stand Up Please!) - Y.M.O.

*Okinawa song/Tokyo Joe - Ryuichi Sakamoto.

*Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto.
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Postby StormyPetrel » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:58 am

I recall a song called "Tokyo Rose". But I don't remember much about it.


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Postby scramjet » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:37 pm

The Dickies - Stuck in a Pagoda with Trisha Toyota
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Postby Surly » Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:52 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by scramjet[/i]
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Does anything by Pearl Harbor & the Explosions count?

[/quote]
Well, if I'm going to go [i]that[/i] route, I might as well put in "Enola Gay" by OMD as well!


[quote][i]Originally posted by manekineko[/i]
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What are your plans for Tokyo? I used to live in a Tokyo suburb and I miss it terribly! Where are you planning to go? Have you been there before?
[/quote]

I've never been there before. Staying in Yokohama; going to travel all over Tokyo, and also to Mt. Fuji. I'll also be doing lots and lots of CD/record shopping!!

Thanks for all of the suggestions, everyone...


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Postby Brambo » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:58 pm

How about YMO's Technopolis?
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Postby randy » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:27 pm

Saure Keller--Hiroshima
Noh Mask- Twilight in Tokyo
Flow Andrews- Japaneese Girls

and my favorite unobtainable tune...

Banzai--Tokyo Nights
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