Wednesday 7 August 2013

Do You Know YUM!YUM!Orange?

I'm a little bit late with this release; I had no idea that YUM!YUM!Orange had released a new mini album called Oh! My Princess back in April earlier this year. Anyway, I ordered it July 18, and it just arrived yesterday, shipped by SAL.

They are one of my all-time favourite Japanese bands, whom I discovered back in 2003, and have continued to listen to ever since.

In case you didn't know, YUM!YUM!Orange are a six-piece ska/pop punk band, who formed in 1999, hailing from Nagoya, Japan.

Ever since their first single Letter (2002) and debut album Orange Street 33 (2002), they have consistently produced their delightful brand of feel-good and happy sounding music. To me, their songs are so infectiously catchy and upbeat, that I can't help but wear a big cheesy smile whilst listening to them!

The latest mini album features five tracks, one of which is a cover of 90's British pop group Steps' debut single "5,6,7,8". The band are known to have recorded a number of cover versions in the past; "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua, "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin, and Mexican folk song La Bamba (made famous by Ritchie Valens); all having that energetic exuberance that the band can't help but display.

Here's the tracklist of the latest mini album (followed by two short video clips for tracks 1 and 3, and two full PVs for tracks 4 and 5):

01 Oh! My Princess
02 フカシギBOY
03 5678
04 Dan!Dan!Dan!
05 Day By Day

The CD was released April 10, earlier this year. I bought mine from cdjapan.

The band were also responsible for one of the opening songs for the popular Fuji TV anime series; Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo (aka Kochikame), and here is the song from that anime, Katsushika Rhapsody:

Promo for the Oh! My Princess mini album:

All Photos by AZNPopCulture

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