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Alphaville — Big In Japan
Album: Forever Young
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 910









Released: 1984
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Winter's cityside, crystal bits of snowflakes
All around my head and in the wind
I had no illusions that I'd ever find
A glimpse of summer's heatwaves in your eyes
You did what you did to me
Now it's history I see
Here's my comeback on the road again
Things will happen while they can
I will wait here for my man tonight
It's easy when you're big in Japan

When you're big in Japan, tonight
Big in Japan, be tight
Big in Japan, where the Eastern sea's so blue
Big in Japan, alright
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
When you're big in Japan...

Neon on my naked skin
Passing silhouettes
Of strange illuminated mannequins
Shall I stay here at the zoo
Or shall I go and change my point of view
For other ugly scenes
You did what you did to me
Now it's history I see
Things will happen while they can
I will wait here for my man tonight
It's easy when you're big in Japan

When you're big in Japan, tonight
Big in Japan, be tight
Big in Japan, oo the Eastern sea's so blue
Big in Japan, alright
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
When you're big in Japan, tonight
Big in Japan, be tight
Big in Japan, oo the Eastern sea's so blue
Big in Japan, alright
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
When you're big in Japan

When you're big in Japan, tonight
Big in Japan, be tight
Big in Japan, oo the Eastern sea's so blue
Big in Japan, alright
Pay, then I'll sleep by your side
Things are easy when you're big in Japan
When you're big in Japan
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How about some Modern Talking on RP?
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Ohhhhhh, it's a Safety Dance!
 
I guess....
this is Likeable... Tom Wait's song of the same name is flippin glorious.
Ohhhhhh, it's a Safety Dance!
 groedi wrote:
Listen to the chord structure... It's the same on the whole album :-)
 
Uh, no, it's not actually.
I have this album! Fresh from '84. A great listen.
Strictly a Nostalgia Trip. These guys were straight up Cure Clones
hheueheheuhehejejejejjejejejdhehyehheheheh3hhehehhehdhheh JAPAN
 igor wrote:
I like Tom Waits version better. LOL.
 
Yep.  Agree with that.
Listen to the chord structure... It's the same on the whole album :-)
    Ahhhhh...an instant flashback to carrot pants, big hair & raging hormones. Good times!
 ice-9 wrote:
This androgynous techno-pop is to the 80's what disco was to the 70's.  I'm really glad that RP generally doesn't play disco and I really wish they'd steer clear of most of this drivel too.  It seems like a change of tack for the station and I have to admit that I just don't much listen to RP anymore because of it. 
 
You are to fun what rain is to a parade.
Most of this world just isn't good enough for you, huh?
memory
I like Tom Waits version better. LOL.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Perfect moment to announce that I am happily moving back to Japan, to a seafood paradise along the SetoNaiKai; the countdown's on

 
Congrats on your big move back to Japan. Your life is so much more exciting than mine {#Cheers}
Perfect moment to announce that I am happily moving back to Japan, to a seafood paradise along the SetoNaiKai; the countdown's on
Every now and again Bill amazes me with a left field choice. Excellent work, Bill! 
 ice-9 wrote:
It seems like a change of tack for the station and I have to admit that I just don't much listen to RP anymore because of it. 

 
You commented on this one 5 years ago.
This androgynous techno-pop is to the 80's what disco was to the 70's.  I'm really glad that RP generally doesn't play disco and I really wish they'd steer clear of most of this drivel too.  It seems like a change of tack for the station and I have to admit that I just don't much listen to RP anymore because of it. 
 VH1 wrote:
Ach Gottchen, olle Marian aus Münster! Geez! {#Lol}

 

Ich wohnte in Munster 2 jahren um 1968.  In Gremmendorf, eigentlich.
I feel 17 again!
Ach Gottchen, olle Marian aus Münster! Geez! {#Lol}
carumba! this is WLIR playing in my '69 Cougar as I speed home from the Woodside latenight on the practically barren LIE 
oh those were fun times  : ) 
I think this deserves a bit more than retro sympathy.

I loved when it was new and I find it holds up well. The synth and drum sounds are crap, but it's a well-constructed song.
{#Sunny}
I was 18 when this came out too. Wasn't sure if I liked it then, but do now more so now, maybe because it is nostalgic.
Yup, instant flashback to the teen years {#Music}
Flashback to 18 years old, Friday nights dancing in the bomb shelter disco on an Israeli kibbutz drunk on Sangria made with leftover Shabbat wine made by the Spanish volunteers...
Men Without Hats have a beef with this track. I like it in a throwback kind of way.
Time do some dusting and dancing!
Well from Münster Germany to RP, not bad, not bad at all! {#War}
{#Roflol} ja schau ein mal , ne deutsche gruppe bei RP
WOW! Time Travel Machine!{#Bananajam}
Where were they big again?
cool tune, and beautiful lips on that silver-leafed persona 
You played something yesterday which reminded me of this.

A token one hit wonder which ironically didnt chart in Japan, but then they didnt release a japanese version.

the second verse sticks out as well written and thought provoking 6 ish

Neon on my naked skin
Passing silhouettes
Of strange illuminated mannequins
Shall I stay here at the zoo
Or shall I go and change my point of view
For other ugly scenes
You did what you did to me
Now it's history I see
Things will happen while they can
I will wait here for my man tonight
It's easy when you're big in Japan
 enkay wrote:
Great!!!
Said no-one. Ever.
 

 rgabriel wrote:
More Alphaville, please!!! {#Bananapiano}

 
Said no-one. Ever.
7 for nostalgia, it holds up okay but still feels out of place. 
 daisky wrote:
My god! I used to listen to this in 1985! Admittedly, this is the reason for my 7 rating. I wonder if it is possible for me to look at this song objectively, cause I feel that if I do I will just dismiss it as disco crap or something.
 
Exactly the same over here!
11 !!!!
{#Bananapiano}
Surprised to hear this on RP. Not in a good way. 
 Baby_M wrote:
Who's big in Japan?  Well, there's no one bigger than....

Gojira, King of Monsters!

 
I think that Mothra might take issue with that assertion... ;-)
Rated for 80's nostalgia more than actual song quality…  :-)
 arnimf wrote:
Oh no. nonononono.
 
Oh yes yes YESSSSSSSS {#Dancingbanana_2}
Oh no. nonononono.
 andrea924 wrote:
My misspent youth returns in a Proustian rush.

 
Hash madeleines? 
More Alphaville, please!!! {#Bananapiano}
oldy. but. goldy.
Interesting blast from the past. Kinda makes me want to watch This Is Spinal Tap again; that line, "'Sex Farm' is a big hit in Japan, y'know!"
Holy smoke.   What next?  The Vapors? {#Dancingbanana}
Wow, I could not believe I am hearing this....
 forizzle dogg
dig wrote:
This would have been great montage music for The Karate Kid.

 


{#Wall}Listening from Kyoto,
haiku for this song, the sound of one hand clapping, haven't you heard?
Godzilla!
This would have been great montage music for The Karate Kid.
7.
Who's big in Japan?  Well, there's no one bigger than....

Gojira, King of Monsters!
 Der_Hamburger wrote:
Makes me feel like 18 again..Thanks for that, RP!
 
Me, 23. Be nice, to go back!
Makes me feel like 18 again..Thanks for that, RP!
Good song, but it would be great to follow this with Ane Brun's fantastic version of this!
Wow - this takes me back...... not sure that's a good thing!
Some 80's fits the RP.

Not this one. 
 AliGator wrote:
At least BillG isn't playing "Forever Young." Right? 

 
And what exactly is wrong with "Forever Young", especially the extended version from this album?
 ice-9 wrote:
I'm not into bashing songs on here - I appreciate and respect the eclecticism - but this sounds like Duran Duran meets Men Without Hats meets Dead or Alive meets ... I don't know ... maybe Satan?

I'm sorry, but the 80's sound defined a legitimate musical genre in about the same way that breakfast cereal commercial jingles do.  I know nothing about Alphaville and they might be the greatest band since the Beatles, but the fact that they were comfortable releasing something that so patently resembled all the rest of that dross makes me feel justified in dismissing them out of hand. 

Go ahead and tell me why I'm wrong.  While you're at it, tell me why "Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah..." was also a work of genius.

Go on, tell me...you know you want to...
 



IMHO you're not wrong.
My misspent youth returns in a Proustian rush.
I don't like this song either, never did.
But it has some potential!
Check out Ane Brun's version @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIiRXQTsWTo
I'll may upload this on, what do you think?
I'm not into bashing songs on here - I appreciate and respect the eclecticism - but this sounds like Duran Duran meets Men Without Hats meets Dead or Alive meets ... I don't know ... maybe Satan?

I'm sorry, but the 80's sound defined a legitimate musical genre in about the same way that breakfast cereal commercial jingles do.  I know nothing about Alphaville and they might be the greatest band since the Beatles, but the fact that they were comfortable releasing something that so patently resembled all the rest of that dross makes me feel justified in dismissing them out of hand. 

Go ahead and tell me why I'm wrong.  While you're at it, tell me why "Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah..." was also a work of genius.

Go on, tell me...you know you want to...
 tutakea wrote:
one of the most embarrassing and disgusting songs of all time :-((
there is NO excuse to play this kind of  - sorry - there is no printable word to describe this{#Frustrated}
 
There are far worse tunes than this.  I'm not sure why you feel embarrassed about it.
I think that album is from 1984, not 1989... Summer in Berlin was a great song of that album.
Alphaville, Erasure and Information Society. Good in the 80s. Not so much now. 4.
 AliGator wrote:
At least BillG isn't playing "Forever Young." Right? 

 
ah, c'mon. we liked both back in the day!
I remember being 7 and this song playing all the time on the radio and at parties. Gave me nightmares. Still makes me sick.
A  number one hit in germany back in the day!
Here's more contemporary version for the purists. ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9jJufz9RNE&ob=av2e

At least BillG isn't playing "Forever Young." Right? 

one of the most embarrassing and disgusting songs of all time :-((
there is NO excuse to play this kind of  - sorry - there is no printable word to describe this{#Frustrated}
Hory cow! I don't think I've heard this in a very long time, but I was definitely much younger the last time I did... 
I might have enjoyed this song if I didn't immediately assume the Satellite Radio was on and I was tuned to First Wave.  They are desperately in love with this song, and as a result, I ... am not. 
 daisky wrote:
My god! I used to listen to this in 1985! Admittedly, this is the reason for my 7 rating. I wonder if it is possible for me to look at this song objectively, cause I feel that if I do I will just dismiss it as disco crap or something.
 
Me either i can not listen to it objectively. And yes, it must have been 1985. Apparently memories can not be left aside in ones rating behaviour.
I thought "Big in Japan" was a Tom Waits song, from Mule Variations....
 Steve wrote:
Wow, that's cool! How did you listen to it 4 years before it was released?
 
Because the album (vinyl) was actually released in 1984, not 1989. The album information on this page is for the CD release.

 daisky wrote:
My god! I used to listen to this in 1985! Admittedly, this is the reason for my 7 rating. I wonder if it is possible for me to look at this song objectively, cause I feel that if I do I will just dismiss it as disco crap or something.
 
Wow, that's cool! How did you listen to it 4 years before it was released?

I have this on 12" vinyl. 

{"Cool story, bro."}

Spinal Tap was big in Japan in 1984

{#Cowboy}
Wow. I don't ever remember hearing this on RP before.
 
Glad to hear it cycle through the playlist today. Thanks, BG! 
Jelani wrote:
I give it an 8 just for nostalgia's sake - and the goof they're singing about.
I think you'll find the singer's a prostitute. Now I'm trying to figure out the segue... Better Than Ezra - In the Blood Cardigans - My Favourite Game Alphaville - Big In Japan Jesse Cook - Cri
I give it an 8 just for nostalgia's sake - and the goof they're singing about.
My god! I used to listen to this in 1985! Admittedly, this is the reason for my 7 rating. I wonder if it is possible for me to look at this song objectively, cause I feel that if I do I will just dismiss it as disco crap or something.
Ok 4 ratings? This is a joke right?