Hey gang! Like I mentioned the other day, Phase II is actually happening all the time — think “content strategy” moreso than “obvious activity,” and always evolving — and there’s a separate little project happening right now that made me think that I may as well introduce this one component.
Terry’s started up a project of building playlists of idols for fans of other idols. So, like, if you’re into PassCode, you might also like these things, and so on. It’s a good idea!
What I had in mind, and kind of half-started a while back, is to try to find good sonic comparisons between certain notable idols and certain notable not-Japanese bands and the like. Contemporary is best, but good connections are better than no connections.
I can’t think of a really good way to organize it, so let’s just try it by word association. My only real request is that you leave out Japanese bands (or singers or whatever!) that aren’t somewhat well-known outside of Japan — Maximum the Hormone and ONE OK ROCK are probably fine to mention, for instance, but SEX MACHINEGUNS, probably not. Ironically, it is now completely okay to use Babymetal as a point of comparison as opposed to an example.
So here’s a list of notable idols, ones that we seem to like in particular; if you feel like playing along, just list your ideas next to each.
- Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da
- Screaming Sixties
- Bellring Girls Heart (last gen)
- Billie Idle
- Guso Drop
- Yanakoto Sotto Mute
- You’ll Melt More!
Do it to it. Also, feel free to suggest connections that you make in your head re: idols that aren’t on the list!