Tropical Dandy

Haruomi Hosono

Album Title: Tropical Dandy

Artist(s): Haruomi Hosono

Year: 1975

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

Track Listing:

  1. “Chattanooga Choo Choo” 2:49
  2. “Hurricane Dorothy” 5:46
  3. “Silk Road” (絹街道 Kinukaidō) 3:32
  4. “Tropical Night” (熱帯夜 Nettaiya) 4:55
  5. “Peking Duck” (北京DUCK Pekin Duck) 2:36
  6. “Drifting Chronicle” (漂流記 Hyōryūki) 3:08
  7. “Honey Moon” 2:37
  8. “Three o’Clock Lullaby” (三時の子守唄 Sanji no Komori Uta) 2:31
  9. “Three o’Clock Lullaby” (三時の子守唄 Sanji no Komori Uta) (instrumental) 2:26
  10. “Drifting Chronicle” (漂流記 Hyōryūki) (instrumental) 4:02

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Liner, Listening & Album Notes:

Part of Haruomi Hosono’s mid-1970s “Exotica Trilogy” (along with Bon Voyage co,” in 1976, 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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