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City Pop Genre

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by The Lucky Moose, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. The Lucky Moose Jul 29, 2020
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    The Lucky Moose

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    Maybe it's the summer, maybe it's because I've been reading my way through a pile of Murakami books I found in my late dad's stash, or maybe it's because bubble economy Japan sounds really good right about now, but I've been listening to a lot of City Pop recently. There should be a thread for it.

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    From Wikipedia:

    City pop (シティーポップ, shitī poppu) is a loosely defined subset of pop music that originated in Japan in the late 1970s. It was originally termed as an offshoot of Japan's Western-influenced "new music", but came to include a wide range of styles associated with the country's nascent economic boom, such as AOR, soft rock, R&B, funk, and boogie. It was also associated with new emerging technologies, such as the Walkman, cars with built-in cassette decks and FM stereos, and various electronic musical instruments.

    There is no unified consensus among scholars regarding the definition of city pop. In Japan, the tag simply referred to a broad array of artists that were considered to project an "urban" feel. In other words, "music made by city people, for city people." Most of these artists refused to embrace Japanese influences, and instead, largely drew from American soft rock, boogie, and funk. Some examples may also feature tropical flourishes or elements taken from disco, jazz fusion, Latin, Caribbean, or Polynesian music.

    The genre reached the peak of its popularity in the 1980s before losing mainstream appeal.[2] Tatsuro Yamashita, who was among the genre's pioneers and most successful artists, is sometimes called the "king of city pop".[3] Since the 2010s, city pop has gained an international online following as well as becoming a touchstone for the sample-based microgenres known as vaporwave and future funk.

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    Sadly, a lot of City Pop classics simply aren't on Spotify, but here's something to get you started:

    CITY POP (1976-1989), a playlist by Arthur on Spotify





    And a good article/guide:

    The Guide to Getting Into City Pop, Tokyo’s Lush 80s Nightlife Soundtrack

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    Don't fight it.

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  2. Fucking Dustin

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    Yesssssssssssssssss
     
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  3. Fucking Dustin

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    Am in the process of reading the article you linked and saw that the latter song is included too haha.
     
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  4. The Lucky Moose

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  5. Fucking Dustin

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    This song is perfect

    I realized I needed to hear more Mariya Takeuchi than Plastic Love (which is also perfect) and this was a good first listen

     
  6. The Lucky Moose

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    Plastic Love was actually a random album cut that wasn’t really a big song until this weird Western revival of City Pop happened, which is a fun fact to me
     
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  7. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    Hell yeah. I'm very novice when it comes to City Pop (basically only heard the Pacific Breeze comp and a handful of scattered albums) but I always want to go deeper so this thread is definitely my vibe.

    Also shout out to "a pile of Murakami books"
     
  8. justin.

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    Now this is a genre I can vibe with.
     
  9. Fucking Dustin

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    It is really interesting, when I listen to it in retrospect it makes sense that it was a random album cut but also it's so damn good that it's surprising it wasn't given more eastern acclaim at release
     
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  10. The Lucky Moose

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    Apparently it was a late single for the album, but not one of the relevant ones.

    Anyway, they put out an anniversary version of the album in 2014. I’m thinking of ordering the CD, but I don’t know how good the actual album is.
     
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  11. The Lucky Moose

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    I’ve heard the first one of those compilations and I thought a lot of it was definitely more rudimentary than the stuff I am into. Definitely cool releases though.
     
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  12. The Lucky Moose

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    I really live this life now :crylaugh:

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    hey you lil piss baby

    Gave this one a listen on a walk this morning. Big fan of "Nami Ni Naritai" and "Ame No Realize" in particular. Light in the Attic reissued it recently too, so this one is actually on streaming.

     
  14. The Lucky Moose

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    They’re doing the Lord’s work
     
  15. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    It really seems like it. Anytime I hear of one of these records getting reissued it’s usually by them. They put this incredible record out a few months back. Definitely not City Pop, but it’s great Japanese ambient.

     
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  16. FrankieThe4th

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    My favorite city pop/mandopop influenced band these days is Sunset Rollercoaster.

     
  17. Fucking Dustin

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  18. justin.

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    None of Takeuchi’s albums from that era are on Apple Music. This is some bull
     
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  19. City pop influenced Kpop done by a Japanese singer, what a ride of a sentence. Anyway, I'm sure this would be up your alley.




     
  20. The Lucky Moose

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    I got an ad for this in Instagram today calling it City Pop. It’s pretty fun.