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Tokyo ON #023: City Poppin'

Tokyo ON #023: City Poppin'

Playing tracks by

Yamashita Tatsuro, Evening Cinema, Takeuchi Mariya, Toki Asako, 一十三十一 and more.

Poppin’ in the city – Maction Planet Resident DJ Royce Leong takes you back and forth through time in an exploration of city pop, putting you into the shoes of a successful middle aged salaryman in the mid 80’s, cruising around in a drop top. You’ll hear some classic sounds from Yamashita Tatsuro and Takeuchi Mariya, as well as some of the new class of modern city pop like Evening Cinema and BLU-SWING. Royce also reflects upon Tokyo life then and now, and how the city’s music has changed with the times. So get out your palest blue jeans, pull on a luxury label sweater, and let’s get it poppin’ in The World’s Greatest Metropolis!


Chris Steele

I really enjoy the way you link the music of Tokyo to the culture and lifestyle of now and times gone by in the City. Thanks Royce.

Maction Planet

Thank you always for your comments Chris. The 80's in Japan is especially a cultural goldmine compared to the lost decades we are currently going through.
Personally I always find listening to music much more interesting when you can imagine an accompanying situation or environment, and I think knowing the cultural background allows you to tap into the feelings of the artist and audience.

Maction Planet

The link for the Coca-Cola commercial from 1987 I was talking about: