Monthly Archives: October 2014

Nippon Girls 2

When news of¬†a possible¬†second volume of Nippon Girls reached my inbox, I was genuinely worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with anything¬†as good as the first compilation. I couldn’t bear the thought of using half-decent songs just to fill space or having to go on a mad hunt for more top-of-the-line material. With ’60s Japanese girl-pop, you’re dealing with quite a lot of mind-numbing and generic beat ballads, and I had no desire to include¬†songs that were anything less than awesome.¬†I can spot a bottom-of-the-barrel-scraping compilation from miles away, and I wasn’t about to succumb to it myself. No siree, Bob! So… I decided to return to the very first “dream list” I put together when I first came up¬†with the idea for Nippon Girls. It’s the list you compile when you have all the freedom in the world‚ÄĒbefore record labels and master rights owners and publishers and address-unknown e-mails get in the mix and crush your hopes. It’s a list of 50+ titles that are the cream of the crop. And as the music business wheels begin to spin, that list slowly, painfully gets whittled down. … Read more