We have already trod this ground to an extent with the awkward business with the “Winter Song” free download that wasn’t but the pretty okay Soundcloud experience. That was the B-side to GANG PARADE’s upcoming single re-release of “Plastic 2 Mercy”*; this is the real McCoy:
— GANG PARADE official (@GANG_PARADE) December 15, 2016
Hey, and maybe the download link works this time! (It does!) Or, given how they didn’t even bother to correct it the last time (unless I missed that), I guess that epic prankster Watanabe was just getting another one over on us! What a commentary on the human condition and his own oft-frustrating idol project!
Anyway. There are going to be several cohorts of reaction to this reproduction of the Pla2me classic, and I’d love for unfiltered thoughts from people who fit any of these categories:
- OG Pla2me fans
- Long-standing POP/GANG PARADE fans who didn’t hate turning Pla2me into something else after Mari left
- Newer GANG PARADE fans
- People who don’t like GANG PARADE on the whole
- That special category of humans who find in Kamiya Saki the sun and moon and stars and who can routinely be found online, agonizing in public over what her career has become
Because I’ll tell you how Maniacs fall on these things: It was a pretty good song when it was Pla2me’s, and it’s a pretty good song now that it’s GANG PARADE’s, so it is therefore a pretty good song and even the video has some nice art to it and I’d love for this to be the … (wait for it) … (ahem) parade route (I SLAY ME!) for the group moving forward. Well-done electro-pop with an artistic bent, such that you could do a joint tour with Charisma.com and everybody could go home happy? That’d be okay!
And can we just add some commentary on how (studio) good the new members sound? And how YuiGD might be my new favorite person for the 35 or so minutes until I find another one?
*I was typing even faster than usual, and I wrote “Plastic 2 Merch,” and I laughed so hard that I hurt myself. What an additional commentary!