Essential T’Pau, Essential Listening

I have done a number of posts that are book reviews related to music, a post talking about the albums have influenced me most, and there are those related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the book that I am writing about Frankie fans and Frankie’s music. But, to date, I have only done one…

Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Personal Stereo (Walkman)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done four posts (these are not in any…

‘Western Pop Acts in Japan: Putting the Cult into Culture’

I will be giving a presentation at the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) conference on 25 August 2021 about ‘Western’ pop acts in Japan. In 1995, Guy De Launey’s article ‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’ was published. It sought to explain some of the reasons why the overwhelming majority…

Presentation – ‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan’

How many times has the headline ‘Big in Japan’ been published in relation to some Western (i.e., North American or European) pop act? The reality is that, as an article by Guy De Launey’s in 1995 (‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’, Popular Music, 40:1) pointed out, very few Western acts,…

1980s Japanese Pop Magazines – First Impressions

As I discussed in a previous post – British/European/American Music in Japan – I am conducting some research about ‘Western’ music in Japan. This research began as I am working on a book related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Japan was one of the few countries outside of Europe that they toured. Japanese versions of…

フランキー・ゴーズ・トゥ・ハリウッドについての調査

フランキー・ゴーズ・トゥ・ハリウッドのファンやバンドやフランキーの音楽がについての本を書きます。私自身の経験やアイデアをもとに本を書くこともできますが、できるだけ多くのファンからアイデアやストーリーなどを集めたほうがずっと面白いと思います。 直接HoodCP@Outlook.comへのメールは結構です。Zoomなどの(日本語の)インタビューも可能ので、その倍も最初にメールで連絡してください。他に、私の本「Frankie Fans Say」は このページにあります。 Image source: https://991.com/Buy/ProductInformation.aspx?StockNumber=10757&PrinterFriendly=1

Rocket Player – The Best Music Player on Android

A bit of a different post today. Rather than discussing my academic work or novels, I’m writing about an app that I use. The app in question is called Rocket Player and it is, in my view, the best music app out there (and I’ve tried a few). To understand why I like it so…

Book Review: “A Bone in My Flute” by Holly Johnson

Despite being a fan of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, I didn’t come across this book until nearly 20 years after it was published (the lack of promotion for Holly’s works is a theme that comes up more than once in the book itself). I have recently re-read to help with writing my book Frankie Fans…

“FOUR” and its Swedish Links

In my third novel, FOUR, there are some Swedish links – this post says a bit more about this. If you look through the chapter listing you will see that one of the chapter titles is ‘Jag Älskar’. This, strictly speaking means ‘I love’ and is the title of a track on Bag of Trix…