Who are these people, and what in the world are they singing about?
April 14, 2006 10:35 AM Subscribe
This music video [YouTube link]
is...um...hard to describe. It's also entirely in Japanese, and my wife, friends and I have all been wondering for more than two years
just who these people are, and just what, exactly, they're singing about.
posted by davejay to media & arts (14 answers total)
While channel surfing with my TiVo a few years back, I stumbled across this strange music video on KXLA, a channel in Los Angeles that sometimes plays Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and other "leased access" programming (that is, another company purchases a block of airtime, and plays back whatever they want within that block.)
My wife and friends find this video as compelling as I do; we're not sure if it's because of the incessant banjo playing in the background, the unbridled enthusiam of the performers, the call-and-response exchanges at the end...or the fact that the singers appear to be granting freedom to a bunch of unfairly incarcerated mimes.
Yes, mimes. So help me god, mimes.
So far, here's what we know:
1. It aired on January 29th, probably in 2004 (it's been on my TiVo for a long, long time);
2. It aired during a block of Japanese programming, on a show called "Asian Stadium", and so is likely being sung in Japanese;
3. Based on the only english-language reference to "Asian Stadium" I could find, it was a show that featured tours of tourist attractions, followed by an interview with a musical guest -- so these performers had probably just been interviewed before this music video was played;
4. It is not Chage and Aska (J-Pop group), although we thought so for a few minutes, based on a passing resemblance between the guitarists in both groups (who wear similar sunglasses.)
We can't get enough of this video, but please, tell me who these performers are and what they're singing about!
Sorry about the video quality; it's a camcorder pointed at a television, because I don't have a video capture card on my computer (I uploaded the video to YouTube specifically for this posting.)