Song 20 Yutaka Ozaki

Yutaka Ozaki - Freeze Moon, 198???

This is where it gets weird. But I have to know if I'm the only person on earth who remembers this. Picture it: late at night, sometime in the mid-to-late 80s, I'm half asleep in front of the TV with a video channel playing (Muchmusic), too lazy to turn off the set and go to bed, and suddenly I'm staring at...what, exactly? A guy in a basement, covered in multicoloured goo, doubled over and screaming. Then strips of colour start flying off of him while in the background an upbeat J-pop tune plays. For years I wasn't even sure if I'd dreamed it. It's a very simple effect too - they just took the singer to an empty room, dumped about a million cans of paint over him, and ran the film backwards. This is the kind of thing we did before CGI made life less interesting. The clip below is the long version: you'll have to fast forward a full minute past the soulful spoken intro to get to the flying paint action. My Japanese isn't great, but I think Yutaka is saying, 'Wow, sure hope this doesn't end up on some cheesy 80s countdown in twenty-five years.' Sorry, kiddo.

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