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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Call Me What You Like
  2. Nice Buddy
  3. Tokyo I'm On My Way
  4. Radio Tokyo
  5. Mole-Like
  6. Etude
  7. Go Baby Power Now
  8. Sunday In The Park
  9. Missing You Baby
  10. The Story
  11. Mole
  12. Cameland
  13. Security Blanket
  14. Beginnings
  15. Friends Forever ~FICKLE Remix~
  16. Teen Titans Theme ~POLYSICS' CR-06 MIX~

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tofu Records
  • ASIN: B000G7PNZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on July 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'll start by stating the obvious: this is a great rock album. You expected something different?

Now for the details.

Immediate superstars in Japan from their 1996 debut megahit "True Asia", Puffy made sort of an awkward jump across the Pacific in 2001. Initially taking on an indie band persona with their "Rolling Debut Revue" tour and their college-rock heavy albums Spike and An Illustrated History, they later morphed into the kid-friendly cartoon characters of "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi" in the hopes of increasing their audience. It's a move that looks more and more like a mistake in hindsight. Maybe a result of their split attention between Japan and the US, "Puffy-mania" in their home country has dwindled with time. With Splurge, they seek to reinvent themselves once again, re-establishing their indie street cred in the States while perhaps forging a new bond with their homegrown fans in Japan.

For the truly uninitiated, Puffy (as they are still known in Japan) are Yumi Yoshimura and Ami Onuki. In 1995, they were two regular twentysomething girls from different parts of Japan answering the same newspaper ad looking for the next Japanese superstar. Tamio Okuda, Japanese rock star and all-around musical genius, would serve as their songwriter and mentor for their initial chart forays before slipping back into his own solo career. It was these early albums and corresponding tours that captured so much of the public's attention in Japan - the unique combination of Okuda's Japanese rock and roll compositions combined with the girls' charisma, rawness and unique fashion sense drew a broad audience that gave the entire music industry a serious kick in the pants.
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Released to mark their 10 years together Puffy Amiyumi's Splurge returns to Puffy's more classic rock based roots. Sung in Japanese and English, Splurge shows how the Puffy Amiyumi team have harnessed pure pop that transcends language barriers.

The opening song Butch Walker's Call Me What You Like (If You Like Rock-N-Roll), is sung in English and starts out with a lilting piano flourish before a thumping drum beat kicks in followed by a blugeoning riff that recalls the Knack's My Sharona.

Nice Buddy is superior power pop/punk with cutesy do-do-do backing vocals from the dynamic duo followed by the bouncy ska pop of Tokyo I'm on My Way. Next up is Andy Sturmer's anthemic hands in the air, ELO and Mott the Hoople inspired Radio Tokyo.

A fierce overdriven guitar riff leading into some storming drums launches Mogura-like into hyperspace. With barely time to draw breath the Puffy girls head into warped Rockabilly territory with Go Baby Power Now. To take things down a little the gorgeous Sunday in the Park conjures up images of summer.

Next up is the Beatley Etude followed by the magnificent Sixties Girl Group inspired Missing You Baby. The Story is pure powerpop with soaring vocals and harmonies. Mole keeps the pressure going until the captivating bittersweet ballad Cameland calms things down. The punky Security Blanket starts quietly and then bursts out of your speakers and blows any cobwebs that may have been lurking well and truly out of the window until Beginning ironically closes the official proceedings.

The remaining tracks have been added to this release and are remixes of two previous singles. Polysics' remix of Puffy's Teen Titans is particularly clever and transforms the already frenetic track into an electro-007 masterpiece.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack on August 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Another solid pop music mini-masterpiece! These girls cannot make a bad album. Sure, they have recorded some twinky tunes, but when they nail it, they really nail it. Every Puffy album has at least 4 classic pop tunes on them, and this one is no exception. The monster on this album is "Call Me What You Like". The song starts off with the Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays" piano roll with Def Leppard's "Rock Of Ages" count-off and then goes into a Knack-y beat with a "We Got The Beat" guitar line. 25 years ago this song would have been on your radio day and night. That's the true charm of Puffy. They borrow (or, as in CMWYL,lift) pop elements from the 50's on up and turn them into something fresh. Other highlights on Splurge are "Nice Buddy", "Etude", "The Story", and "Mole-like". While I don't think this album is as good, or rocks as hard, as "Nice", it is still on a par with "Spike" and "Jet". 10 years on, and they haven't slipped. NOTE: For anyone interested, the Japanese version of the album has Japanese versions of "Call It What You Like" and "Go Baby Power Now", neither of which sounded as good to my American ears as the English versions. There is also a cover of Green Day's "Basket Case", which sounds exactly like what you would expect: Green Day meets Puffy! Each of these songs would have been a nicer addition to the US release than either of the remixes, though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew AA Smith on August 19, 2006
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For those who are already fans of Puffy AmiYumi Splurge will fast become one of your favorites. To anyone new to Japanese pop music this CD is an excellent gateway to a whole new world of head bobbing enjoyment.

As the title was meant to imply Puffy AmiYumi have splurged to assemble an all-star cast of song writers and musicians to celebrate their ten year anniversary as a group. Tamio Okuda, the group's original producer and songwriter, returns for the catchy pop song "Mole-Like." Andy Sturmer the "godfather" of Puffy also makes an appearance for "Missing You Baby" and "Beginnings" (featured in the Pokemon movie "Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.")

Butch Walker brings his talents to the hard rocking songs "Call Me What You Like" and "Radio Tokyo." Dexter Holland adds his part in the campy pop song "Tokyo I'm On My Way." Jon Spencer has Ami and Yumi break out their best "cute voices" for the snappy "Go Baby Power Now."

Also joining the group are the talents of Kazuyoshi Saito for Yumi's haunting solo "Cameland" and Ken Yokoyama for Ami's "Security Blanket," an upward driving rock ballad about her young daughter.

While the English and Japanese songs on Splurge were written and recorded by many different people, Ami and Yumi somehow manage to charm them all with that magical Japanese pixie dust they bring to their music.
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