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More Japanese freestyle
Remember five years ago we were talking about Japanese freestyle? [profile] davidfrazer clues me in to further developments: Fairies "HEY HEY ~Light Me Up~."

The speedbeats and basic pounding rhythm are from '90s Eurobeat, but the doleful melodies are freestyle, so are the hooks (freestyle and Italodisco), not to mention the screeching-brake intro and the "HEY hey hey-hey HEY hey hey-hey HEY— HEY hey hey-hey HEY hey hey-hey HEY" electro-stutters at the start, and the mournful chordings and the "oh oh-oh" vocal riff that come between the brakes and the heys.

Here are some vintage 1980s–early '90s freestyle tracks, to give you an idea what I mean by the term.*

New York:

Cover Girls "Inside Outside"

Judy Torres "Come Into My Arms"

Cynthia "Change On Me"

Lisette Melendez "A Day In My Life (Without You)"


Debbie Deb "When I Hear Music"

Sequal "It's Not Too Late"

Company B "Fascinated"

*The genre "freestyle" is not to be confused with "freestyle" in hip-hop, which refers to live, improvised or at least off-the-cuff raps.

[UPDATE: David Frazer has now found out that "HEY HEY ~Light Me Up~" is a cover of Vanessa's 1993 Eurobeat track "Hey Hey" (Vanessa likely being Clara Moroni under another name), the Fairies' version not straying far from the original. See David's comment below.

I learn from Wikip that, while the term "Eurobeat" has had many uses, by 1993 it was mainly referring to Italian Italodisco-derived tracks selling almost exclusively to the Japanese market. This song is still definitely, overwhelmingly freestyle, at least on top, with Eurobeat underneath. Of course, Italodisco and freestyle took on each other's characteristics.]

This entry was originally posted at https://koganbot.dreamwidth.org/368117.html. Comments still welcome here, there, and anywhere.

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Good Bye by Hong Jinyoung is Austral-Romanian trot with a hint of flamenco.

Trostriches (David Frazer links this via Twitter) and Ostriches

David Frazer informs me via Twitter that Hong Jinyoung sings "Good Bye" to the ostriches.


As you no doubt know, Lou Reed recorded "The Ostrich" in 1964 with the Primitives for Pickwick Records.


Re: Trostriches (David Frazer links this via Twitter) and Ostriches

I recommend watching the Hong Jinyoung ostrich video with English subtitles switched on,

From this review I learn that "HEY HEY ~Light Me Up~." is a cover of a 1993 Eurobeat track called "Hey Hey" by Vanessa, which was included on an Avex Super Eurobeat compilation CD. (Avex are still cranking them out and presumably single-handedly supporting the remaining Eurobeat producers.)

Anyway, Vanewssa's original has the abrupt intro, synth hooks and "doleful melodies" you mentioned, so songs classified as Eurobeat can themselves have Italodisco and freestyle influences, You might see the extended version as accelerated freestyle rather than Eurobeat as such, because it has a dreamy, expansive feel with the vocals floating over the beat.

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