Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Japanese Duo Puffy AmiYumi Make ‘Colorless’ Music For All Ages

TOKYO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s a little multi-cultural irony: Japanese pop duo and cartoon heroes Puffy AmiYumi claim to make “colorless” music for the masses.

The 30-something Japanese gals are set to release their tenth album, Splurge, in as many years, and while they are probably better known to most Americans as the animated characters in their Cartoon Network show, in Japan they are called musical idoru, or idols.

According to Yumi Yoshimura and Ami Onuki, part of their enduring appeal is how “colorless” their musical palette is.

As Ami puts it, “Puffy could be colored in any color... always according to our mood of the moment.”

Their new album boasts songs with styles as diverse as Motown soul, post-punk rock and even surf music.

Yumi adds that this flexibility leads to fans of all generations, claiming that, “In the States, there are lots of kids listening to our music due to the cartoon, but there are lots of fans who are about the same age as us, too.”

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