Jun Mayuzumi: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 10, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

480) Jun Mayuzumi— “Black Room”

The French yé-yé girls had nothing on Japan’s Jun Mayuzumi. Sheila Burgel tells us that:

Once the [Group Sound] boom hit . . . “Koi No Hallejujah” [was] a monster hit for a little-known singer named Jun Mayuzumi. Released in February 1967, “Koi No Hallejujah” was the girl-pop manifesto. It replaced orchestras with organs and shrill electric guitars, upped the volume and vibrato, and showcased a yearning, mournful vocal that came to epitomise the girl-pop sound. Before Jun Mayuzumi became synonymous with Japanese beat girl, she cut her teeth as a pre-teen singing in Toyko’s jazz cafes, at army bases and as the house singer in a band . . . . At age 14, she signed to Victor Records under her birth name of Junko Watanabe and released half-baked Euro-pop covers. When the three singles failed to chart, she changed her name, cut all her hair off Twiggy-style, signed up with [a] talent agency . . . and landed a deal with the Capitol imprint of Toshiba Records. The success of “Koi No Hallelujah”, her first Capitol release, established Mayuzumi as the “queen of Japanese beat” . . . . [H]er two best records . . . undoubtedly [include the B-side] “Black Room” [with] booming bass lines, a tough vocal and a dancefloor readiness . . . .”

liner notes to Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-70 CD comp

“Ah, because you aren’t here, the black coffee’s grown cold. The clock’s stopped working too. Ah, because you aren’t here, the black coffee’s grown cold. The clock’s stopped working too. Ah, because you aren’t here, the lilac by the window has ended up wilting. The record’s worn itself out too. In this dark room. Rhythm and blues. Rhythm and blues.” (https://lyricstranslate.com/en/black-room-black-room.html)

ああ あなたがいないから さめてしまった ブラック・コーヒー 時計の針も 止ったの ああ あなたがいないから さめてしまった ブラック・コーヒー 時計の針も 止ったの ああ あなたがいないから 枯れてしまった 窓辺のリラも すりきれちゃった レコードも 暗い 部屋に リズム・アンド・ブルース リズム・アンド・ブルース

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