Japanese Song of the Day – “WINE RED no kokoro (Wine-Red Heart)” by Anzen Chitai

So I was thinking to myself, why not post about a Japanese pop or rock song I like every day? It would get me in the habit of posting regularly, and I could teach everyone something. Fun times!

This is Anzen Chitai’s late 1983 single “WINE RED no kokoro.” This is the song that made them famous, and it was the best selling single of 1984. It’s really kind of a legendary song. The sultry, dark melody by Anzen Chitai frontman Tamaki Koji is very memorable. If this version is too dated for you, it’s been covered by several artists including Visual-kei rock band MUCC, anime seiyuu (voice actress) Ogata Megumi, and 70’s pop-blues-rocker Inoue Yousui. Inoue is actually the writer of the song’s lyrics – this band, Anzen Chitai, was his backup band before they branched off on their own. I’m sure one of my daily songs will be one of his.

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