Since I mentioned the Beatles I thought I’d share this great cover by Japanese musician Shiina Ringo. This was the last and only good song on a mix cd someone gave me. The first time I heard it I had pretty much tuned out the substandard hipster music playing in the background when it leapt right out of the speakers and grabbed me by the balls. How often has anyone outdone The Beatles? On their heaviest song? I didn’t know anything about it or her other than it ABSOLUTELY KICKS ASS. I wiki’d her, figuring it was my job as a blogger. She was born in Saitama, Japan on November 25, 1978. She is extremely popular there, but has refused to be marketed outside of Japan. She was ranked 36 in a list of Japan’s top 100 musicians by HMV in 2003. Most of her music is not rock music. The album it’s on, “Utaite Myouri” (2002), is all covers, and ranges in style from lounge to light opera. Songs made famous by Peggy Lee, Janis Ian, Andy Williams, Marvin Gaye, and some Japanese standards I’m unfamiliar with. Entries concerning Shiina Ringo were obviously written in Japanese and translated without editing. The following disclaimer heads her page: This article may require copy-editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone or spelling. You can assist by editing it now. Here is the introduction to this album: “The songs of the musicians who had an influence on her until now is recorded on this album. She usually writes a lyrics and music, but she devoted herself to “a singer” this time. And she entrusted the arrangement to Seiji Kameda who arranged her first and second album together and Toshiyuki Mori who arranged her third album together. She selected famous songs mainly by herself from the music which had an influence on her, and ordered them to arrange these songs in their own way.”
That says it all.