Jukebox music

Rick Takeuchi – Never Gonna Give You Plastic Love

In my previous post, I wrote about listening to a new genre of music, Future Funk for the last couple of years. There has been a sub-genre of Future Funk though which has had a resurgence in the last 10 years, known as City pop.

City pop is a loosely defined subset of pop music that originated in Japan in the late 1970s.

Since the 2010s, city pop has gained an international online following as well as becoming a touchstone for the sample-based microgenres known as vaporwave and future funk.


One of the more popular songs that defines the genre is Mariya Takeuchi’s – Plastic Love.

Mariya is a Japanese singer and songwriter who has been performing since 1978. Her latest studio album, Trad, released in 2014 reaching Number 1 in the Japanese Music Charts.

The 65-year-old recently re-released one of her singles, Inochi No Uta (Song of Life) with a DVD of her live performance of the song.

Plastic Love was originally released back in 1984 which was on her 6th album, VARIETY.