Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – PonPonPon
Language – Japanese
I have put this song up today for your consideration. J-pop is a huge phenomenon in Japan, and I suppose I wanted to try and understand what it is that makes it such a popular music genre. There is a strange human / anime crossover that is quite fascinating. This song from 2011 is catchy and poppy and repetitive in a cutesy way, but it is the video that I find most interesting. The relentless bombardment of imagery, most of which is decidedly odd! I am getting John Waters and The Residents and a hint of Carmen Miranda…I am not sure whether I should just embrace its fabulous over-the-top-ness or whether I should genuinely fear for the youth of Japan. Probably best that you don’t watch this just before you go to bed…but it’s brilliant!