Most songs that would fit into this category would also fit into Day 4’s or tomorrow’s, so I’ll be going with something a bit different. It makes sense though. Definitely.
Alright, this one needs a bit of explanation. Although it is pretty simple.
When I first watched Death Note back in my senior year of high school, one thing about it that left a lasting impression was the second opening theme – What’s Up, People?! by Maximum the Hormone. On a side-note, that’s probably the most appropriate band name ever. Anyways, before hearing that song, my only substantial exposure to Japanese music were a few other opening and ending themes for the few anime I had seen at that point (and I tended to skip those), plus music from Kill Bill.
What this song did wasn’t simply bring my attention to more Japanese music, but spread my musical tastes a bit to try out tons more stuff than I would have otherwise. As one example, while I listened to a bit of mainstream metal, such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Dream Theater, I never really ventured out into heavier waters, particularly bands rife with growled vocals. Within a year or so, I had added bands like Gojira, Primus, Mastodon, Opeth, and Fair to Midland, among plenty more, to my library simply because I had more actively searched for things that I thought may have otherwise been out of my comfort zone.
Another thing it did was bring my attention to soundtracks. Since Kill Bill was the only other noteworthy source of Japanese music that I had heard, I decided to go back and listen to the soundtrack, and then to soundtracks from games I enjoyed, and eventually shows I enjoyed. Today, I would guess that about a third of my music library is composed of soundtracks, mainly to games and anime. And I can thank one song for that. Definitely.
We can also pretend that the lyrics in the video are correct, and that one portion is not, in fact, in English with some choice words. ;)
The featured image is from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.