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Shiina Ringo?

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Any fans of Shiina Ringo around? Shiina Ringo is my favourite Japanese musician, and one of my favourite artists overall. Yeah, her voice can be an aquired taste (Though I can't imagine her songs being sung well by anyone else), but her music is unique and has this funky jazziness to it which is awesome. My inability to describe music beyond 'it's great!' and 'it's terrible!' is showing here, and I feel guilty for not starting some large hundred thousand word tribute thread covering every single song of hers, but I wanted to know if she has a few fans on GAF.

I'm not a huge fan of Tokyo Jihen, the band that she's currently in. The songs are OK, but not amazing like her solo work.

Favourite Shiina Ringo/Tokyo Jihen songs, in no particular order:

1. Yami ni Furu Ame
2. Yattsuke Shigoto (album version),
3. Shuraba (Tokyo Jihen. Both Adult version and single version)
4. Kabukichou no Jyoou
5. Maru no uchi sadistic
6. Honnou
7. Tsumi no Batsu
8. Pretty much the entire Karuki Zamen Zuri no Hana album

Like her? Loathe her? Favourite songs? Least favourite songs?
 

RevenantKioku

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I have one album 平成風俗 (Heisei Fuuzoku) and honestly, she just kinda freaks me the fuck out.
 

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Pretty nice.

It's like gogo7188 with electrical violin thrown in there, and more melodic.

Her voice is kinda odd, but I like it. Very enka-ish.
 

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I like Shiina Ringo too, got the album with "Yami ni Furu Ame" on it and I love it :D

About her voice, it's indeed a bit odd but the way she does the R's is grrrreat!
 

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I like "Temporary Virgin" and her duet with Utada. Her English seems pretty good, and she was more subdued in that song. I think I prefer her that way.
 

Ferrio

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Hmm, I didn't know Shiina had something to do with I-No (or Guilty Gear)?

I-no was designed based on Shiina Ringo. If you didn't know Guilty Gear is nothing but a collection of musical references.
 

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Ferrio said:
I-no was designed based on Shiina Ringo. If you didn't know Guilty Gear is nothing but a collection of musical references.

I knew about the music references, but noticed the mole and the same guitar just now D:
 

Srider

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Oh god, I love Shiina...


Her live concert Dynamite Out! Is probably one of the best live performances I've seen by a Japanese artist. Highly recommended.
 

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Listened to her a hell of a lot a few years ago. Kinda got tired though. I felt that the second Tokyo Jihen album didn't really click with me and after that I kinda got fazed out of her stuff. Oh, and I cleaned out my music library so I killed her off instantly.

Honnou, Sounan, Gunjo Biyori, Meisai, Gips and Yer Blues are probably my faves.
 

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I was in Japan when Honnou came out, I was smitten. That song was motherfucking *everywhere*.


edit: she also has that 'I'm so crazy that I'll kill you while we're fucking' thing that makes her hot as hell. I wish she hadn't gotten the mole removed.
 

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shoplifter said:
I was in Japan when Honnou came out, I was smitten. That song was motherfucking *everywhere*.


edit: she also has that 'I'm so crazy that I'll kill you while we're fucking' thing that makes her hot as hell. I wish she hadn't gotten the mole removed.

I'm pretty sure she didn't get the mole removed. Probably just photoshopped out in some of the pics.

Yeah, she's hot as hell in a crazy kind of way. I love it.
 

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She's so great.

My favs:
Toumei Ningen (Dynamite IN ver.)
Toki ga Bousou Suru (Dynamite IN ver.)
Souretsu ('DOMESTIC! Virgin Line' concert)
Gunjou Biyori ('DOMESTIC! Virgin Line' concert)
Oiran
Akanesasu kiro terasaredo
Izonshou
Senko Shoujo
Koufukuron
Blackout

It'd be awesome if she'd go back and record the songs she did for Tomosaka Rie (Cappuccino and Shoujo Robot).

ChryZ said:
Himitsu FOR DJ, love the song. Shiina is especially magnificent in that PV.
She is stunning in it, isn't she?
 

Srider

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shoplifter said:
Nope, its been gone for like five years.

Eh, I'm not trying to argue... I have a ton of Shiina's live performances...

I just checked through some of them up to '06 and '07, and the mole is clearly there.

These are from 06




It's even there in her newer videos, from '07

 

Human_Shield

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Srider said:

I think you're arguing about two different moles. The one she had removed in 2003 was above her lip near her nose.
 

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I like her style. I'm a big Go!Go!7188 fan and her style has similarities so it was easy for me to get into her music.

One other artist who is like Shiina Ringo and Go!Go!7188 is Kojima Mayumi. I recently discovered Kojima's music after she did the Ghost Hound OP.

Anyhow, I checked out her 2001-2007 greatest hits album:
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=PCCA-2521

And it was really good. Here's some youtube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOz7xI3jFPs&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNI1BYGqOm4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYI27cXk18&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wViIav3cKRo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXV9-2T-nUY&feature=related
 

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Reviving this thread for a bit, to see if there are any more fans. But mainly: I just obtained the Watashi to Houden B-Side collection, and as I haven't listened to 90 per cent of her B-Sides, it's like listening to a whole new solo album! Suberidai and Memai are awesome.

(See Below)
 

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Giving this another bump, because her 10th Anniversary Show is this weekend.

The alleged setlist for the show (Found this on SR forums, translated from 2ch):

Hatsukoi Shoujo
Sid to Hakuchuumu (single version... from Mayonaka?)
Koko de Kiss shite
Honnou
Gamble (from HH (HF?))
Gibs
Yami ni Furu ame
Suberidai
Yokushitsu (SS ver.)
Sakuran
Tsumi to Batsu
Kabukichou no Joou
Blackout
Kuki
Tsumiki Asobi
Kono yo ni kagiri (w/ Junpei)
Onion Song (w/ Junpei)
Yume no Ato
Omatsuri Sawagi
Karisome Otome Death Jazz
(encore)
Tadashii Machi
Koufukuron Etsuraku-en
(encore 2)
Mikan no Kawa (new song)
 

DOBERMAN INC

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I used to love her a few years back,Now I still think she's great but I'm not as addicted as I used to be.I think its because of Tokyo Jihen and there style being different.

She's beautiful and I love her strange voice. I know a few people that absolutely hate her voice though.

I remember reading an interview with her a while ago when she stated 3 people she would like to kill. Very strange
 

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DOBERMAN INC said:
I used to love her a few years back,Now I still think she's great but I'm not as addicted as I used to be.I think its because of Tokyo Jihen and there style being different.

I can totally understand why people would lose interest in her. Instead of evolving from the SS and KZK albums, she continued with the relatively safe Tokyo Jihen route. It's a pity, because I thought that those two albums were masterpieces. I enjoy her newer music, but man...


I remember reading an interview with her a while ago when she stated 3 people she would like to kill. Very strange

I wonder if that was during the whole Honnou/Shouso Strip crazy nurse phase.
 

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Ferrio said:
I-no was designed based on Shiina Ringo. If you didn't know Guilty Gear is nothing but a collection of musical references.
is there a place I can read about all these references...
 

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OK, just so I have an excuse to bump the thread, the queen of Japanese music is releasing a new single and album on June 24. Before that, on May 27, she'll be releasing a new single, Ariamaru Tomi containing the A-Side Ariamaru Tomi (Written for some shitty J-Drama), and B-Side, Superficial Gossip. Both songs will NOT be on the new album, and the B-Side will give us an idea as to how the album will sound.


Sanmon Gossip



1. 流行 (Ryuukou/Hayari)
2. 労働者 (Roudousha)
3. 密偵物語 (Mittei Monogatari)
4. ○地点から (○ Chiten kara)
5. カリソメ乙女 (Karisome Otome)
6. 都合の好い身体 (Tsugou no Ii Karada)
7. 旬 (Shun)
8. 二人ぼっち時間 (Futaribocchi Jikan)
9. マヤカシ優男 (Mayakashi Yasaotoko)
10. 尖った手口 (Togatta Teguchi)
11. 色恋沙汰 (Irokoizata)
12. 凡才肌 (Bonsai Hada)
13. 余興 (Yokyou)
14. 丸の内サテ゛ィスティック(EXPO Ver.) (Marunouchi Sadistic)

Allegedly, this album will be influenced by Showa Jazz, or something. And if what I heard is true, Tokyo Jihen is now on hold while she resumes her solo career. This is terrific news, as her solo work is a million times more ambitious (and better) than the Tokyo Jihen stuff.
 
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Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana is the best album i've ever heard.

Looking forward to her new solo album, should be a return to form.
 

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Hopefully this album we be a return to the old Shiina, The lack of artists like her have actually turned me away from the Japanese music scene these past few years,Hopefully she will help me become interested again.
 

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DOBERMAN INC said:
Hopefully this album we be a return to the old Shiina, The lack of artists like her have actually turned me away from the Japanese music scene these past few years,Hopefully she will help me become interested again.

Yeah.

The old Shiina's actually my favourite musician, so this is major news to me. It used to be a tad embarassing, because of what 'Japanese music' represents to some people, but she is (was?) an extremely talented musician, Japanese or not.

I hope the old Shiina is back!

This is the new A-Side, Ariamaru Tomi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c11l4YAkc00

Favourite tracks have changed a lot from the OP. This is by far my favourite SR song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOMBdbUJNqY

And my favourite Shiina Ringo (Tokyo Jihen) performance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p94d0A993g8

And here's a video from the recent anniversary show, with knives and apples. I like the 'psycho' arrangement of the song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOWyWO05tMw

And this is Yokyou, the final track of the new album performed at the show (The album version should sound siginificantly different, i.e. lack orchestra):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4b9KqyhCfQ
 

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I really like her, she's one of the best japanese artist as far as I'm concerned (I still like Aya more tho, too bad she basically disappeared).
 
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