Futurama by Supercar (2001)
It’s no secret I love older music. By the time I discovered this album, the group had already disbanded (with some members going on to form the group LAMA). It’s a shame too, because this was such a standout album. It takes all that was enjoyable about millennial music and wraps it in a blanket of bubbly electronic goodness.
The Japanese lyrics, with the occasional English thrown in, have a rhyme and catchy repetitiveness. I often find myself trying to sing along, usually horribly. I may not understand the lyrics, but I try not to let that stop me from enjoying something new (even if it is old).
All of the songs on this album are pretty solid. “Baby Once More” is reminiscent of a song by Sugar Ray, while “New Young City” has more of a Goo Goo Dolls/Verve feel. My other favorites include “A.O.S.A.”, “Blue Subrhyme”, and “I’m Nothing”. Because Amazon doesn’t have any track previews, I’ve included some Youtube videos below for your viewing pleasure.
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One of my friends once asked me, “Why don’t you go teach English in Japan?” My first thought was, I’m not a teacher. She knew I had been trying to learn Japanese, and no doubt some cultural immersion would be a good thing.
After doing some research, I learned that being a teacher is not necessarily a prerequisite to participate. It turns out that Japan often accepts a limited number of native English speakers each year to assist in their education program. The best part, participants are expected to study Japanese as well.
I know for sure I would enjoy doing this, but it’s a fairly large commitment. Hopefully by the time applications for the 2014 year are accepted I will have decided if I want to proceed. I’ll have to consider leaving my employment and living arrangements, all the natural disasters, and even the political environment. I’d hate to arrive just before N. Korea decides to test a nuclear device on the island or miss the opportunity to go for the same reason.
If you are a U.S. citizen and the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program interests you, go to the embassy website here for more information.