November 28, 2008

Seiyuu Punk Compi[lation]

Let's talk about the punk cover project that Momoi is participating in. People who get the CDJapan newsletters have probably already seen the advertisement for Seiyuu Punk Compi preorders.

The current roster consists of Momoi Halko, Sakura Nogawa, Ikezawa Haruna, Kadowaki Maii, Kuwashima Houko, and Shimizu Kaori. According to mu-mo, this CD will have twelve songs so I'm guessing we'll either see these six seiyuu covering two songs each or another six announced to make it one seiyuu per song (which would be awesome*1). We know Momoi can pull off some radical style changes, but the rest of the cast is untested in this genre as far as I've ever heard - pls. post examples if they exist. I suppose of the remaining group, Sakunyan is most likely to pull off something that doesn't sound like a donkey braying as I have a good idea of what voice she will probably use. This is not a knock on the member selection though. If they announce more artists, seiyuu like Morinaga Rika or Watanabe Akeno would probably feel right at home but I like this theme they're going with where they apparently select people at random with a dartboard and no regards to how much anything fits their projected persona or musical history.

So far we have a pretty diverse group of songs revealed (in no particular order):

Sex Pistols - Anarchy In the U.K.
The Crash - White Riot
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
U2 - With or Without You 
Green Day - Basket Case 
Ramones - Blitzkring Bop
Rancid - Rudy Soho 
The Offspring - Pretty Fly

There is no indication of which seiyuu is covering which song and I have not been listening to any radio recently, but looking at the above list my guess is that Momoi would probably cover "Smells Like Teen Spirit" given that she is a Cobain fan. I don't know if the singers choose their own songs and how strict the genre guidelines are but another possibility could be Momoi covering a Weezer title. There is no mention of whether these songs will be rearranged to be more suited to the seiyuu, or if they are expected to imitate the originals. It is also unknown whether the lyrics will be Japanese or English. If they go with the latter options, the results will probably be a lot of fun in that jaw dropping train wreck sort of way, but something that any self respecting person could only hear exactly once before taking out a sledgehammer, smashing the CD to bits, and then if the hammer is still intact, smashing themselves to bits (assuming having lived through Kadowaki - hopefully she is placed at the beginning to put us out of our misery early). Therefore, for my own sadistic sake, please let it be the trainwreck.

Sound work will be done by FREE-WILL who has worked with some big names like DIR EN GREY so at least we can expect it to get polished to a mirror shine. Maybe it can even be used as a weapon for blinding.*2

P.S. Momoi's Hot Shot Jr. released tonight!

*1 No Hirano Aya please.
*2 Add Goto Yuko and it will become an illegal weapon of mass destruction.

Posted by Paranda at November 28, 2008 2:31 PM


As a lifelong fan of REAL punk music, I'm pretty disappointed with the current list (U2WTFBBQ) and I'm hoping one of the unannounced titles includes Momoi covering GAUZE (and I'm not talking about the shit DIR EN GREY album)

Also lol at The "Crash"... Engrish will NEVER go out of style.

ps I've been meaning to email you about next weekend... are you going to blipfest?

Posted by: 電波の世界 at November 28, 2008 5:59 PM

re: blipfest, I'm sitting out Friday since I will be cramming last minute CFA studying but I may show up Saturday for nullsleep.

Posted by: paranda at November 30, 2008 2:36 AM

That's awesome about the punk compilation! I would LOVE if Halko covered Semlls Like Teen Spirit, as I am a big fan of Nirvana.

Also, I agree - no Aya Hirano plz.

Posted by: oyasumi at December 3, 2008 10:51 AM

Yeah, I agree. Punk...Nirvana? U2? What? Do they need a definition of punk?

Though if Momoi is the one covering Smells Like Teen Spirit, then okay, that can get a pass. Though if one tries to really sing it like Kurt Cobain...that might wreck some voices (seeing as he's essentially screaming in large portions of that song).

And seriously, while I like the Offspring, they're going to cover "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)"? Oh boy, I can't wait to hear that one, since it's not really a song that's...sung.

Well, can't complain too much, I suppose. I like all the songs that are listed; I grew up with most of them. Or maybe I can't wait to hear them butchered. ^_^

BTW, that should be Ruby Soho from Rancid.

Posted by: tenton at December 5, 2008 11:40 PM

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