J-pop is a much-maligned genre but like any genre it has its good with its hilariously bad. I try to listen to everything so it's wasn't entirely unfamiliar to me, but last year I was roped into doing a DJ set and I went with a 50/50 hip hop/J-pop theme and so I had to listen to loads of it. Here's what I think is genuinely brilliant:
Her music is incredibly creative and I think the production gives it a much deeper sound than the sci-fi-bubblegum-school-girl themes first suggest.
Check out the start to this live performance:
And this was her first single:
But I think this is her best tune:
(Knee-high girl - still looking for a vid)
This is amazing too. I looped the synthy bit from 27 seconds on over and over again and it sounded sick.
Then you have the all-conquering Perfume whom everybody sort of knows. Here's an example of an old classic:
But I think that this is their greatest older tune:
Perfect for a bracing Sunday morning drive on a colourful expressway, or listening to at the hairdressers while you take in the intoxicating beauty product fumes.
This is from their newest album:
Capsule have been around for yonks. Here's a great example of something from one of their newer albums. It's a lovely little tune.
Here's a slightly older one:
Here's Maki Goto:
The funniest/most disturbing thing about this is the bit in the official video where she's smoking a fag prompted online outrage that this Yamamoto Princess had dared foul her body. Reason no. 197234 that J-pop has such a bad rep.
And that's the main problem with J-Pop - it's a bit like metal in that i) the videos are always terrible ii) a lot of people into it refuse to listen to anything else and iii) this creates a situation where if you say you enjoy it you either get judged as some terrible weeb or you get molested by the person you're talking to who's just revealed himself/herself as a terrible weeb. But the genre has a lot to offer! I hope this post convinces at least 1 person of this, and perhaps people can post some of their favourites?
Rule: no AKB48. Please don't make this into a pedo-post.