This post is like so totally not my fault.
Another poster ( name withheld to protect the guilty) mentioned Japanese cover versions of “Western” music and I just had to go through my collection and find some of my favourites to post for your “enjoyment”.
So, as you can see, it’s really not my fault*.
* This “logic” brought to you courtesy of my daughter.
Here we go then. Into the wild world of Japanese groups covering British and American pop in their own unique way.
Let’s start with a blast of punk, shall we ? Anarchy in the J.A.P get things going with their fairly straight up cover of the Clash’s White Riot. Jolly lively and coming from a whole album of punk covers.
To follow we have the song which is stuck in my head and has been for the last week. It’s a cover of an obscure (ish) Green Day song by the splendidly named Gitogito Hustler and , IMHO, is actually better than the original. Insanely catchy of chorus and with a few nice “bonkers” touches this one really hits the spot for me.
Rather more “Old Style” are The Bunnies with their version of Hanky Panky, the old Tommy James chestnut. A wee bit “squeaky” perhaps, for our Western ears, but it has a lot of charm.
Getting a bit more “up to date” with the electronic sounds that have become pretty synonymous with certain types of Japanese pop.Lots of lovely synths etc in ..takes deep breath…4106,Yuki,Tdc, Masa(Spoony) and their version of that evergreen Disney classic Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo. I love this one, it takes the song, wrestles it to the ground and creates something totally different from the wreckage.
Speaking of which, this one not only wrestles the song to the ground, it jumps up and down on it’s head and kicks it in the nuts.
Low IQ01 featuring Martin Kin and a startlingly original take on the Clash’s Janie Jones.
To prove that old songs can sometimes still be freshened up K’Cou Chat bring us their take on Funicili Funicula , that old Italian classic we all know and love.
We round off with the Banana Erectors version of…I’m Henry the VIII I am ! Yes, just what the world needed, yet another version of this song, great as it may be. There are limits and, with this one, we may well have reached them.
Hope you like them. Don’t be put off by my descriptions, there really ares some interesting versions here.