Wow! Today is another true story! I’m going to brag about the rock stars I hobnob with! (Snore!)
Everyone has seen the animation “Teen Titans,” right? The theme song for that animation was sang by Japan’s Puffy Amiyumi, and, on that song, the mighty Guitar Wolf’s lead vocal and guitarist, Seiji, played guitar solo.
My now 11-year-old son really liked Teen Titans (we don’t have a TV so we sometimes let him watch DVDs – a few times). So he really liked that theme song. The animation? He didn’t like that so much.
But, yesterday I came home from a TV show recording and then I showed him the photo of Seiji and me (at the top of this post) and asked him if he remembered that “guy who played guitar in the Teen Titans theme song”?
His eyes grew wide and he said, “Yeah! Dad! I remember!”
“That’s him!” I said. My son was mightily impressed!
Then we both watched the theme song video on Youtube once again together!
Check it. It is awesomely cool!
Puffy Ami Yumi – Teen Titans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhhOMceBJv8
OK. That’s the Teen Titans…. I’ve also known (not well because they are big stars) Puffy for a long time too… Kind of…
Well, anyway, one half of Puffy Amiyumi, Yumi, was on a TV show on WOWOW TV a little while back that I worked on. I didn’t do anything, I just worked on the show. When I saw her, I said, “Hi Yumi! Do you remember me?” Of course she said, “Yes!” but I could tell by the look in her eyes, she didn’t.
That’s OK, she probably thought my face was familiar but all foreigners look alike! (Bwa! Ha! Ha!)
Puffy were also the main hosts of a TV show that George Williams was on (I’m George’s manager) and that must have been 15~20 years ago too.
A few months ago, at Wowow, I took my photo with Yumi… But I can’t find it now (of course). And, of course, I can’t find any of the really old photos…. But I will post them here if and when I do.
Anyway, Puffy Amiyumi are cool and this video for “Teen Titans” was seen around the world!… Also, did you notice something “funny” right after Seiji’s “guital” solo?
Yeah. That’s right. They misspelled “Guitarist.”
OK. Very funny guys. You know they intentionally misspelled it (?)… Pretty humorous if you ask me.
Anyway, onto Guitar Wolf. I’ve known Seiji from Guitar Wolf for a very long time too, over 20 years. Seiji has been a guest on many TV and radio shows I’ve worked on or produced for a very long time. Seiji appears on my shows because we are some of the few programs radical enough to play them. The photo at the very top of this article is Seiji and me from yesterday. He was a guest on a TV program that I produce.
Yesterday was the first time I have seen Seiji in nearly 10 years! When I saw him, I said, “Hi Seiji! Do you remember me?” Of course he said, “Yes!” but I could tell by the look in his eyes, he didn’t. That’s OK, Seiji is just like me and we both drink too much. I can’t remember what happened this morning!
Seiji probably thought my face was familiar but all foreigners look alike! (Bwa! Ha! Ha!)
Seiji is cool. I do have an old photo of me and Seiji and Guitar Wolf from a very long time ago. This might have been around 1991 or so. That’s me on the far left in the blue Hawaiian shirt.
When Guitar Wolf came to the radio station in the photo above, we really got drunk! It was a great time!
And we, er, uh…. We uh…. uh….
Let me see… What was I talking about? Getting drunk? Guitar Wolf? Ummm…. I forgot….
Oh yeah, now I remember! Seiji also is the guest vocalist on the Mutants new single, “Dead Beat Generation”! We’ve been playing it on the radio and it was on the Top 3 Video Countdown at the end of July! Check it out!
The Mutants “Dead Beat Generation” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ePusZGB68I
Anyway, what’s the point? I don’t know. Does there need to be a point? Probably not when we’re talking about the awesome Guitar Wolf!
Thanks Guitar Wolf! Thanks Puffy Amiyumi! Thanks to you all for at least one good memory from a childhood! (and a chance for dad to brag years later!)
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