Artist Spotlight: Flipper's Guitar, music

Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week four)

Sadly, all good things must eventually come to an end. With this post, W. David Marx’s month-long look at the work of monumental Shibuya-kei act Flipper’s Guitar concludes – but, here at Memories of Shibuya, we swear we’ll never forget the feeling, even as we say goodbye, goodbye. (Evidence would also suggest that it’s still raining hard in the highland).

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Artist Spotlight: Flipper's Guitar, music

Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week three)

Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

Continuing his in-depth look at one of Shibuya-kei’s most vital groups, this week W. David Marx examines the inspiration behind one of Oyamada and Ozawa’s biggest hits (that would later become the lead single for their wildly ambitious and psychedelic final album, Doctor Head’s World Tower).

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Artist Spotlight: Flipper's Guitar, music

Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week two)

Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

Guest writer W. David Marx returns this week for a look at the dramatically reinvented Flipper’s Guitar of their second album Camera Talk – which found the group stripped down from its original 5-piece configuration to a duo, Ozawa’s English lyrics swapped out for Japanese, and the two musicians finding themselves becoming completely unlikely pop stars.

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Artist Spotlight: Flipper's Guitar, music

Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week one)

Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career.

Arguably the first proper Shibuya-kei group (although a very strong argument can be made that Pizzicato Five deserves that title more), Flipper’s Guitar came out of Japan’s most affluent era to become a sensation despite themselves. At Memories of Shibuya we are proud to present our Artist Spotlight on this astonishingly influential band as a four-part series guest-written by the incomparable W. David Marx of Néojaponisme.

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