Thursday, March 11, 2010

One of my favorite do-enka songs

This enka song, Roukyoku Komori Uta, was a hit for Hitofushi Taro in 1963. I love the rough, folksy feel created by the old-fashioned instruments (including what sounds like a shochu bottle being tapped with a stick):

(The "do" in do-enka, by the way, means something like "seriously," "hard-core," or "old-school.")

The song inspired a Sonny Chiba movie of the same name. Lyrics [in Japanese] here. Video of Hitofushi belting out the tune a couple of decades later on live TV here.

I can’t wait to sing this on karaoke in Japan!

Although undoubtedly many people can wait.

—Mellow Monk

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