🎃 Happy Halloween!!🎃
Yes, the magical, spooky time has finally come upon us! Some of us will celebrate it by trick-or-tricking, watching scary movies, or perhaps going to a party in a costume. Whatever you do on Halloween, this frightful night cannot be complete without music!
Two years ago, I mentioned, as my go-to Halloween tune, “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown that was featured in the 1989 featured film “Ghostbusters II”. It is one of my favorite new jack swing songs. I could play it over and over again. Yet, I decided this time to mention something different and from somewhere else than the United States.
I wonder what song it is?
This year’s pick goes to Tommy heavenly6 with her 2006 song “Lollipop Candy BAD girl”. Tommy heavenly6 is actually an alias for Japanese rock singer Tomoko Kawase, who has another nickname: Tommy february6. Tommy heavenly6 is the rockish bad-girl side of Kawase while the february6 side brings out the innocent, pop-ish side.
“Lollipop Candy BAD girl” is mainly a Tommy heavenly6 song, but I feel like some bits and pieces feature the february6 side as well. After the long, creepy introduction, the song finally starts out with a pop-ish verse that is akin to something by The Beatles or a musical production. Even one of the verses at the 1:44 mark is more of a cute pop tune than heavy rock music that is the staple of Tommy heavenly6 .
The rock part finally comes out around the 3:12 mark with the heavy electric guitars blaring bass notes. My favorite part of the song is during the heavy rock section at the 8:42 mark when the guitar slows down a little bit for the melody to “break apart” and finally end. Maybe I think of “breaking apart” as this part also features the sounds of rocks, cars, and other things actually breaking apart. I also like Kawase’s vocals during this part, they are what I would envision to be female rock vocalist with a powerful melody line and vocal presence.
You can listen to the song and watch the pretty bizarre music video below.:
What is your favorite Halloween song? Tell me in the comments!
About the Artist
Tomoko Kawase is a Japanese rock singer that hails from the ancient capital city of Kyoto. Working part-time jobs during her high school and early adult life, she got her break in the music industry when she was scouted in a club to be the vocalist for a then-upcoming band called the brilliant green. The band released their first single in 1997, entitled “Bye Bye Mr. Mug”. Between 1997 and 2001, the band released many successful singles and albums, including their hit single “There will be love there -Ai no Aru Basho-“.
The band decided to take a break in 2001. This left Kawase to pursue a solo career, releasing her first single “EVERYDAY AT THE BUS STOP” under the pop moniker Tommy february6 that same year. Two years later, she started her next solo project, which featured her rock moniker Tommy heavenly6 .
Kawase is still going strong in recent years as she released more material under her solo project monikers. the brilliant green also came back together over the years, released new material, and even celebrated milestones including their 15th anniversary in 2013.