Perfume for Beginners Edge How I got introduced. One of the least representative songs musically, but a tour de force. You'll see why and I wouldn't do it justice if I told you. If the techno doesn't grab you (but it should), don't worry, nothing else sounds like it, really. Polyrhythm The breakthrough song of their career released in 2007. The video is from their 2010 10th anniversary concert for 50,000 people at Tokyodome. And it's the finale. A-Chan - the unofficial "spokesperson" and my favorite - starts to cry a couple times (after the looped 'polyrhythmic" part, she covers her face with her hand, that's not part of the choreography) - which I find really touching. I've covered my face a few times watching it, too, if I'm honest. Chocolate Disco Apparently, every single person in Japan knows this song. I've seen tens of thousands of people jump up and down in unison to this song. Sadly, that video has been removed from YouTube. It was their first massive hit and is nothing less than Pop As Crack. A note on the title: There's a lot of wordplay going on. "Chocolate" refers to the chocolate candy girls give for Valentine's Day, but it's also rhymes with the name for the malls where you find the colorful gift shops that sell it. (I may have a nuance incorrect there, but you get the idea.) Thanks to Pen Expers, who noted the following omission: Natural ni Koishite What "ABC" by Jackson 5 would sound like if it had been written for a Japanese girl group in 2010. Possibly Nakata's airiest production. As Pen Expers noted, this was many people's first exposure to Perfume. Several music blogs not necessarily known for promoting pure pop fell in love this track. That it's also a fabulous commercial for Japanese sportswear brand Natural Beauty Basic only adds to the brilliance. Love the World One of my favorite songs for every reason you can think of, but the vocal harmonies and subtle key changes stand out to me. The choreography is probably my favorite - and that's saying a lot. Spice A recent single that relaxes the tempo, but goes apeshit with musical ideas. The bridge alone changes key four times. Four times. Spice (Live Edit) I included this for the choreography. Watch the domino effects and split-unison moves here. Amazing. Dream Fighter]http://youtu.be/Ci8REzfzMHY]Dream Fighter A Popjustice fans favorite, Dream Fighter is one of those "Perfume with an accent" songs - definitely the same language, but inflected and colored differently. Decidedly grander, too. The more-powerful-and-upfront-than-usual vocals stand out instantly, as do the complex, dense-as-kevlar backing harmonies. Echoing keyboards lines rise into space and disappear over and grumbling, agressive bass line. Hooks everywhere and a remarkable bridge, too. A standout in their catalogue. Extra: Ceramic Girl I just love this song. It is also shows close up that a mere mortal would struggle just learning the choreography for the right hand. Extra: Disco! Disco! Disco! If you want a crash course, here's a whole concert from 2009 that took place at Yoyogi Arena. I have no idea how it got and stayed on YouTube, but there it is. Concert starts at 5:37. I think the clips at the beginning give some context for what led up to this very big show. Several Favorite Performances in here. Not to mention the Yoyogi Disco Mix, a career-spanning medley extravaganza of every single they didn't have time to do in full. It has to be seen to be believed at 1:05:38. [/quote] Modified Original Post Subject: Perfume Is Global Universal signed Perfume globally and released JPN, their latest album, in 50 countries on iTunes. Where are the parades? The tears? Stuffed animals falling from the sky? Am I alone in believing this to be Capital "I" Important to Pop? Go directly to Polyrhythm, Natural ni Koishite, Spice, GLITTER, One Room Disco, Fushizen na Girl, Edge (Yes. Do go.), and on and on. That's important pop music, kids. I know, I know: what about the lip synch? Well, someone brilliant in the Perfume camp (I assume Yasutaka Nakata, the musical genius behind them) must have thought: "Processed and filtered and auto tuned vocals can't be replicated live, so why bother trying and failing, let's just be bloody Honest About It and substitute live vocals for the most insane and complex choreography executed with the accuracy of robots by these charming, demure young women. And add lasers." I'll go along with that. Thank you, 3Xs, for the picture.