>Friday Jukebox SMAPs Nostalgic

>It seems appropriate (and well, nakedly opportunistic, pun intended) to use the Crunk Kusanagi story as a chance to have another SMAP anthology jukebox.

Here is a clip of SMAP “performing” a “Disco” medley (disco in the European sense of term, US: techno/dance) of their hits last year (including $10, which is rather funny in lieu of all this lost income) . I still find it odd and a little bit sad/pitiful that they all look a bit dead in the eyes. Then again, most of these songs they’ve been singing since at least 1996, and a bunch of Para-Para dancing girls (and annoying DJs) would make most people feel like getting out of there ASAP.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/QBebzqS60hg&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6

Going a bit back in time, here’s SMAP performing $10 as well as some other early SMAP hits back in their early days, when they had 6 members and performed in outfits from a Chippendales fire sale. (Don’t even get me started on Scarface Groove with lyrics like “ebony girl” and “sissy cop.”)

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/ukcpBjbw-So&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6

One of my favourite SMAP songs–and also one that might’ve been running through Tsuyoshi’s mind a few nights ago–is Shiyouyo (translation: Let’s Do It). Jazz fans and Cole Porter fans, guess the well-known song that Shiyouyo borrows heavily from. Serious Eurovision fans/aficinados guess which 1970s UK Eurovision entry Shiyouyo also sounds similar to. (Hint: the lyrics and title of that Eurovision entry could very well describe Tsuyoshi’s state of mind at the moment.)

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/HFL0GB6wdOg&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6

I don’t know what excuse Johnny’s had for Katori’s outfit, but he looks like a man wearing a see-through poncho.

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One comment

  1. Anonymous · April 24, 2009

    >i won’t hazard a guess at either of the two related songs, but the clips are highly entertaining.

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