Hello, this is Casey Kasem, dorsum from the beyond to count downwards the 10 biggest classic-anime hits inwards the 50 states. And at ane time for our long distance dedication. Here’s ane nosotros tin all understand, whether nosotros cause got kids or pets or neither. It’s the top 10 Western popular music songs that were either written close anime characters, or are covers of anime subject songs, or inwards some means became connected to classic anime. Does that construct whatever sense, that Japanese cartoons were plenty of a business office of the popular civilization landscape to inspire musicians for decades? It does to me. Is Don on the phone? And I also desire to know what happened to the pictures I was supposed to run into this week! I desire somebody to work his freaking encephalon to non come upwards out of a gosh-darned tape that is, uh, that is up-tempo together with I gotta speak close a… um… uh… together with now, on alongside the countdown. Here’s reveal ten.
Modern power popular troubadour Matthew Sweet spent fourth dimension inwards Athens GA playing inwards a band that also featured Michael Stipe’s sis earlier recording his debut solo LP, which failed to affect the music scene. Its followup also fizzled. It took a stone retooling, an encompass of his inner fanboy, together with a brace of eye-catching videos to position Sweet on the charts, together with ane of the hits from his 3rd album ‘Girlfriend’ was this tune, “I’ve Been Waiting”. The vocal was paired to visuals from the showtime Urusei Yatsura cinema “Only You” to practice a unique music video experience, fifty-fifty amid the outlandish landscape of music videos.
As The Buggles, novel moving ridge bad boys Trevor Horn together with Geoff Downes inadvertently turned the basis on its ear when the Russell Mulcahy-directed music video for their vocal “Video Killed The Radio Star” gained fame equally the showtime e’er video broadcast on the nascent cable channel MTV. They’d afterward live on picked to cast a brusque lived iteration of prog stone legends Yes, which inwards the early on 80s would doom The Buggles equally a creative entity. Horn would teach on to make ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, together with The Art Of Noise, piece Downes would locomote out Yes to cast prog-rock supergroup Asia alongside members of ELP together with King Crimson. However nosotros tin await dorsum fondly at The Buggles’ showtime album, which featured sharp, tightly produced nervous New Wave hits similar this song, “Astro Boy (And The Proles On Parade)” Does it cause got anything to practice alongside the cartoon Astro Boy? You decide.
Moving on to reveal 8 inwards our countdown, SoCal punkers The Dickies gave the hardcore scene a swift, humorous kicking inwards the pants alongside their speedy, goofy, un-serious construct of aggressive punk rock. This led to The Dickies beingness featured equally the showtime punk band to construct an appearance on American network goggle box (on C.P.O. Sharkey) together with the showtime punk band to cause got a top 10 unmarried that was a enshroud of the subject vocal to a TV exhibit starring people inwards giant domestic dog outfits (with their enshroud of “Tra-la-la The Banana Splits Song”). Here The Dickies regale us alongside their fantabulous enshroud version of the subject to everybody’s favorite exhibit close the immature man child together with the super robot whose ability is inwards his hands, Gigantor.
Here at reveal seven, nosotros cause got the odd yet strangely plumbing equipment combination of a 1972 striking unmarried from an Irish Gaelic singer-songwriter together with a unmarried episode of a 1986 anime series. What interesting alignment of cosmic forces placed the Gilbert O’Sullivan unmarried “Alone Again (Naturally)” equally the opening credits vocal for episode 24 of Maison Ikkoku? Was the novel subject vocal – “Suki sa” yesteryear Anzen Chitai – only non cook yet? Or was at that topographic point a slip-up or a prankster at main control? O’Sullivan’s vocal would pass half-dozen weeks at the top of the charts inwards 1972 but inwards ’86 it would flash yesteryear our TV screens inwards 90 seconds, together with would never teach inwards onto American releases of the the Maison Ikkoku TV series, for obvious copyright reasons.
Coming inwards at reveal half-dozen nosotros cause got the iii or 4 squeamish girls who construct upwards the self-styled “dyke rock” combo Two Nice Girls, bridging the gap betwixt radical lesbian feminism together with sarcastic punk rock, delivering an Austin-style twang to their enshroud of the subject vocal to everybody’s favorite cartoon close the Greatest Race Car Driver In The World, immature Speed Racer. Keep an ear out for the novel lyrics!
At the other destination of the musical Speed Racer spectrum, hither at reveal v nosotros cause got Alpha Team’s techno-dance runway “Speed Racer”, which is pretty much the early on 1990s condensed into ane 4 infinitesimal headache total of drum machines together with samples, promoted yesteryear what may live on the worst music video e’er made.
Meanwhile dorsum inwards the 1980s, LA novel wavers the Gleaming Spires inquire the musical question, “Are You Ready For The Sex Girls?” Almost members of Sparks, the Gleaming Spires would cause got a KROQ striking alongside this tune. “Sex Girls” would air current upwards inwards Hollywood films together with equally music inwards ane of Pinesalad Productions’ parody dubs of goggle box episodes of seminal 80s activeness anime Dirty Pair, bringing the Gleaming Spires to an audience far beyond the accomplish of Rodney Bingenheimer. Also, the Spire’s music video for this vocal is an all-time classic.
“We never had a manager. We never had a booking agent. We never had a lawyer. We never took an advance from a tape company. We booked our ain tours, paid our ain bills, made our ain mistakes together with never had anybody shield us from either the truth or the consequences. The results of that methodology speak for themselves: Nobody e’er told us what to do, together with nobody took whatever of our money.” Steve Albini; Nirvana engineer, outspoken stone manufacture gadfly, techno-brutalist dissonance innovator, together with all exactly about tough equally nails music legend, brings us to reveal iii on our countdown equally he together with his band Big Black deliver a 1984 melody close the coolest graphic symbol to e’er walk through a 1960s Japanese cartoon close auto racing. I’m talking close Racer X, of course. Find out where he keeps his speed!
From the industrial punk of Big Black to the orchestral glam of Queen, nosotros come upwards to Queen guitarist Brian May together with HIS mid-80s EP flirtation alongside Japanese popular culture, Star Fleet Project. Enchanted yesteryear the sci-fi adventures together with thence enthralling his immature son, May institute himself fascinated yesteryear the exhibit Star Fleet, the English linguistic communication version of the Japanese puppet guide chances X-Bomber. This 1978 serial starred puppet characters designed yesteryear manga legend Go Nagai together with a space-opera aesthetic that lay somewhere betwixt Leiji Matsumoto star-romance together with George Lucas pryotechnic adventure. What could live on to a greater extent than natural than to recruit some accomplices, including Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, into the studio for some outer infinite puppet robot infinite cover-song action? Nothing, that’s what, together with the resultant takes the reveal ii slot our countdown- Brian May together with the Star Fleet Project alongside “Star Fleet”.
Of course, if y’all desire to live on similar top animation manager Hideaki Anno together with sing along to the master copy Japanese X-Bomber subject vocal yesteryear BOWWOW, you’re inwards skillful company.
And at ane time we’re downwards to the reveal ane vocal inwards the United States, if the U.S. was ane guy making an arbitrary list. The Number One vocal is… yes! It’s Matthew Sweet dorsum on the countdown alongside the championship runway from his 1991 album, Girlfriend. This driving, top-10 unmarried brought Sweet to the
attending of the music industry, stone fans, together with anime nerds alike alongside its vivid production together with clear power-pop choice stone sound, which yet plays equally fresh equally it did on college radio dorsum inwards ’91. Was the still-infant anime manufacture inwards North America boosted yesteryear seeing Space Adventure Cobra on MTV 16 times a day, intriguing audiences alongside its mix of sexy ladies together with Psycho Guns? I similar to intend so.
I’m Casey Kasem from Hollywood, together with you’ve been listening to Classic Anime Top Ten. Join us each calendar week at this same fourth dimension equally nosotros count downwards the biggest hits inwards the classic anime world. Until side yesteryear side time, locomote on your feet on the ground, together with locomote on reaching for the stars!