In the early 2000’s I was working in music retail and was given a sampler of hot and popular music from Japan.
It featured some amazing artists and styles. A real ear-opener. One of the artists were Pizzicato Five. This group falls under the category of things I miss, and “whatever happened to….?” This is, in many ways pop fusion music with it’s blend of soul, pop, french chanson, Burt Bacharach etc. The music is cheery, upbeat, warm and smooth retro feel which is perfect for summer. I’m not sure what happened to this group. Unfortunately they never really made a hit in the US. And their music is hard to find. But here’s to happy music may it bring a little cheer to your summer.
I found these fun videos and they really do maintain the fun vibe of the music with their own hipster cool.
PIZZICATO FIVE / イッツ・ア・ビューティフル・デイ
PIZZICATO FIVE / 恋のルール・新しいルール
Pizzicato Five – Twiggy Twiggy
PIZZICATO FIVE / ベイビィ・ポータブル・ロック
PIZZICATO FIVE / 悲しい歌