Pizzicato Five, Playboy & Playgirl
PopMatters Editor & Publisher
Japanese pop is a hot commodity these days (think Cornelius and Fantastic Plastic Machine) and its prime representatives are back with a disc full of loveable, lounge kitsch that positively drips of playfulness. Clearly intended as ear candy (inevitable since virtually every lyric is in Japanese and most of you won’t understand a word), you won’t break a sweat trying to interpret the songs’ meanings. Basically, if you already like these guys and love the Euro pop stylings of folks like Stereo Total, you’ll be all over Playboy & Playgirl.
Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.