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MightyFlameboy
Posted: Oct 31, 2005 9:56 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Jul 2005 Posts: 117 Location: Singapore
Well, guys, today my father's in a spending mood so I couldn't let go of the opportunity to buy a CD. We had to rush off to meet my brother so I simply grabbed a CD without much deliberation. Ketsumeishi was high on the charts so I thought to myself it shouldn't be that bad and I was also looking for male Japanese artistes. But the problem is everything in the album is written in Japanese! Even the band name! I slowly searched the Internet, first in Avex Trax website but to no avail. Then I saw behind the album "All rights reserved 2005 Toy's Factory", so I searched Toy's Factory in Yahoo and finally I found JUST the band name. Any Ketsumeishi fans around can recommend fansites with romanized lyrics of their songs? Thanks in advance!
 
khafre78
Posted: Nov 02, 2005 7:52 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 34 Location: Misawa, Japan
What an excellent question! They are the greatest J-Pop band that there is. Which album did you get?

As for the meaning of their name, it is the name of a Chinese herb that is used as a laxative. In Chinese it means "the emptying out of everything" or "the mystery that is not visible." I believe that the lead singer is a certified Chinese herbalist. They didnt make it big until they were in their late 20s, so that is what he had done beforehand. Also incidentally, ketsu means ass, and meishi mean business card, so inside a CD that I bought there were cartoon stickers of a meishi in someone's ketsu.

And as for lyrics in romaji, go to: http://cherryblossom-garden.com/3/ketsumeishi.html. They also have Ootsuka Ai lyrics and others as well in japanese and romaji.

Finally someone that is talking about Ketsumeishi. I'll list for you their best songs - Tomodachi, Namida, Sakura, Natsu no Omoide, Taiyou, Kimi ni Bump, and Kachoufuugetsu.
 
MightyFlameboy
Posted: Nov 02, 2005 9:44 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Jul 2005 Posts: 117 Location: Singapore
Thanks alot!!! Yeah, I bought their newest album which is your avatar lol. I'm relatively new to the Jpop scene so I dunno much. They seem rather popular so I decided to give their music a try. Now that I have romaji lyrics, I can appreciate their music better! Laughing
 
khafre78
Posted: Nov 03, 2005 7:27 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 34 Location: Misawa, Japan
Yes, Ketsumeishi is extremely popular. Which if it were American music would be a black-eye in my book, but in Japan, not necessarily. It seems to me that popularity hasnt started to ruin the music industry over here like it has in the US. Thankfully, artists still write their own music.

Japanese music has taken a strange course over the last several years. The people here love American music, and they try to emulate it, but somehow in the process they fail and come up with something that is much better. And I dont think many people here truely appreciate that.
 
MightyFlameboy
Posted: Nov 04, 2005 8:52 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Jul 2005 Posts: 117 Location: Singapore
Japanese ppl love American music? Didn't really see that during my past few trips. Maybe some regions other from the big cities are more inclined to American music. Yes, I'm beginning to love Japanese music. It sure has evolved from the past. In the past, I used to criticise Japanese music for the cliched Japanese female squeaky chipmunk voices, boring lacklustre boyband vocals. But when I got the chance to listen to Utada Hikaru and Ken Hirai while seeing J-dramas, my impressions of Jpop improved but still wasn't really into it. Thank God for Ai. Love She made me discover the beauty of Jpop. Right now, I'm looking for good male vocals, as some ppl may know from my other topic. Ketsumeishi is good. But it is rather hip hop oriented and while I'd love to listen and dance to the music, I probably won't learn to sing the songs because it isn't my style. Well, if anyone knows anymore good male vocalist, please recommend them to me. Thanks!
 
khafre78
Posted: Nov 06, 2005 6:09 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 34 Location: Misawa, Japan
I'm surprised that you didnt see that Japanese ppl are into American music. Maybe it takes living here to see it. It is big on TV (I have to walk J-Pop exclusive countdowns and such to avoid it), and when I talk about music with them, they are always keen to talk about American music. American culture is in here. It is very popular, from music to movies to celebrities and to language.

I believe I replied to your other email about male vocalists. I am not so much into that style that you are speaking of, so I dont pay a lot of attention to it. But I can think of a few: Kobukuro, Moriyama Naotarou, maybe DEEN. There are other groups that are more rock and less hip hop that might be easier to sing to like Yuzu, Remio Romen, B'z, BUMP OF CHICKEN, SOUTHERN ALL STARS. Then I think aiko is the closest think to Ai. Also maybe 一青 窈 (Hitoto Yo) or 平原綾香 (Hirahara Ayaka).
 
MightyFlameboy
Posted: Nov 10, 2005 7:47 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Jul 2005 Posts: 117 Location: Singapore
Well, thanks alot! But it's a real trouble to find sample downloads of these artistes' songs as Japanese music isn't as widely available as Chinese music, and I dun have the money to buy all of that which you recommend. Gotta hear to a few songs to decide on 1 or 2 artistes. I guess I'll be going to try living in Japan for at least a month sometime next year and maybe I'll get what you mean. But as for language, it seems Japanese are comfortable with their own native language. I found only 1 salesperson which spoke English in my whole week of stay in Tokyo and Osaka. Which place would have more Japanese speaking English?
 
khafre78
Posted: Nov 14, 2005 6:17 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2005 Posts: 34 Location: Misawa, Japan
One place I know of where you can sample music and pay for mp3s for about 200 yen is at http://www.mora.jp/ Unfortunately, they dont have about half of the artists that I listen to including pretty much everyone that I listed. But there are a lot of artists on there. Click on the link to list Japanese artists by the 50 sounds. You can click on each of the hiragana, and the artists for each kana are listed in order of popularity, so then you can sample all the songs that they have, you can download individual songs or whole albums.

And it is true that the Japanese are not good with English at all. That is due to the fact that they only study for 6 years in school, their teachers are not that good at English, and they dont practice speaking and listening hardly at all. They really like it, though. They love putting it on T-shirts, inserting words whenever they can, and making new Japanese words out of them. I cant say that there is a difference in English ability between Tokyo and Osaka, but those places would have the best English speakers except for maybe Okinawa. And they are both fun places. But in Osaka if you know any Japanese, you will have difficulty understanding anyone. They would understand you, but they dont like to speak without their strong dialect.
 
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