Bon Voyage co

Haruomi Hosono

Album Title: Bon Voyage co

Artist(s): Haruomi Hosono

Year: 1976

Genre(s)/Style(s): Exotica, Jazz/Easy Listening, Lounge, Other

Track Listing:

  1. “Butterfly-San” (蝶々-San Chōchō-San) 3:15
  2. “Hong Kong Blues” (香港Blues Hon Kon Blues) 3:09
  3. ““Sayonara”, the Japanese Farewell Song” 4:31
  4. “Roochoo Gumbo” 3:01
  5. “Bon Voyage co.” (泰安洋行 Taian Yōkō) 2:36
  6. “Tōkyō Shyness Boy” (東京Shyness Boy) 2:19
  7. “Black Peanuts” 2:28
  8. “Chow Chow Dog” 4:46
  9. “Pom Pom Vapor” (Pom Pom蒸気 Pom Pom Jōki) 1:56
  10. “Exotica Lullaby” 3:49

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Liner, Listening & Album Notes:

Part of Haruomi Hosono’s mid-1970s “Exotica Trilogy” (along with Tropical Dandy,” in 1975, and Paraiso,” in 1978). Part homage; part psychedelic off-shoot; part parody.

Hosono asks that the exotic dream continue, but with himself as both spectator and participant. He sees the exotica phenomenon for what it is — silly and patronizing — but adores it and revels in it … If you think too much about how the parody is eating its own tail, that this is “the Japanese way of exoticising American exoticism,” it’s dizzying.

Colin from Dinosaur Gardens

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