big in japan

french wikipedia tony pierce

long before their super sweet 80s hit “Forever Young” appeared (beautifully) in “Napoleon Dynamite“,

the german group Alphaville in 1984 released their debut single

“Big in Japan”

a melancholy synth driven curiosity reportedly about two lovers trying to kick heroin.

I will wait here for my man tonight
It’s easy when you’re big in Japan

waiting for the man, a nod for what lou reed was doing on the velvet underground’s debut track two decades previously

Hey, white boy, what you doin’ uptown?
Hey, white boy, you chasin’ our women around?
Oh pardon me sir, it’s the furthest from my mind
I’m just lookin’ for a dear, dear friend of mine
I’m waiting for my man

but really it was about being a loser in your hometown, but it’s ok

because somewhere

in a beautifully magical place

across the sea

there are people who understand you perfectly and love you

and there you are godhead.

the people of france think i was the editor of the daily nexus.

if only.

but whatevs, merci.