If you were to map my musical DNA, a sizable portion would be indebted to 90’s J-pop. To me, this is a truly magical time in music, but it’s rarely discussed or shared outside of Japan.
Being an aficionado of certain sounds within this era, I’ve tracked down hundreds of highlights over the years. And I think it’s time to share my carefully curated playlists with the world.
With this in mind, we have a new ongoing Bias List feature – The 90’s J-Pop Roadmap.
I’ll be writing about (and rating!) a number of singles from Japan’s 90’s pop boom, constructing a timeline of the era piece-by-piece.
Whether you’re familiar with these artists or not, I invite you to go on this journey with me and discover new classics you may have never heard before.
T.M.Revolution – Wild Rush
Released February 3, 1999
This will be the final post in “season one” of this series, mostly because I’m going to be busy writing about wall-to-wall K-pop comebacks next week! There are still plenty of great 90’s tracks to spotlight, so I’m sure I’ll kick off a “season two” eventually.
For now, it seems fitting to pause this feature with another song from my favorite 90’s J-pop act, T.M.Revolution. This time, I want to share the ridiculously fun Wild Rush. Another TMR single meant another ridiculous outfit from Nishikawa, and this time he’s dressed as a Tarzan-like king of the J-pop jungle.
The guitar riff in this one is killer, and it repeats often as a response to each line in Wild Rush’s verses. The backing vocals are also so satisfying, with a filtered texture that reminds me of Scissor Sisters (anyone remember them?) or even The BeeGees at their most falsetto. The track is stuffed with competing textures, each of which acts as a perfect foil for Nishikawa’s strong, guttural performance. And as expected, we get another clobbering chorus, propelled by insistent stabs of synth and buzzsaw guitar. Who could ask for more? Certainly not me!