Meiko Kaji is a Japanese actress who was most prominent in the 1970s. She played in a bunch of films, mostly in badass outlaw character roles. But she was also an amazing modern enka singer. Enka is a genre of music in Japan that resembles the musical style of traditional Japanese music. Modern enka came about in post-World War II context, sort of attributed to Keiko Fuji who really brought the style back into prominence in Japan. This is a great sampling of Kaji’s work, and it’s really interesting to hear the traditional Japanese style being played on Western instruments like violins, guitars, accordions, and electric organs. Oh, also you might recognize her voice as two of her songs were featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill soundtracks.
Christine and the Queens are from France, and sing in both French and English, sometimes trading off between both languages in the same song like it does here. The English chorus should sound familiar. 🙂
The title of this song translates to “Six Five Four” from Swedish to English. I know literally nothing about this band aside from the fact that they’re Swedish, and were together in the late 70’s to early 80’s. I can’t find any of their music online except for on Youtube. It’s a real shame, because this is a great punk song.
Check out this beautiful playlist created by WOBC’s outreach workgroup! These are the favorite spooky songs of the outreach team here to help you enjoy your halloween and keep the spirit up as we enter november!
Leatherface -The Final Nightmare
Sarah Jessica Parker -Come Little Children (from Hocus Pocus)
Tomasa Del Real -La Vampira
Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons – Ice Cream to God
Bobby Pickett -Monster Mash
Antsy Pants -Vampire
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Intro -This is Halloween
R.E.M and Sesame Street -Furry Happy Monsters
The Misfits -Ghoul’s Night Out
Gravediggaz -Mommy What’s A Gavedigga?
Primus -Coattails of a Deadman
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Anna Rose Greenberg, Traffic Director and DJ interviewed Gabi Delgado, best know for his work in Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft. D.A.F. was foundational for both the industrial and electronic scenes in Germany. Hear Delgado talk about the difference between East and West German music, his musical process, video games, and more!
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