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P-Model - "Sophisticated" Lyrics
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I can't find the lyrics for P-Model's "Sophisticated" (which happen to be in English), so I am going to write down what I hear. (Corrections are always welcome.) This song is awesome, both for it's extremely socially critical content and the GLORIOUS little electronic blips and squeaks and clicks, which are particularly awesome when you listen to this song with headphones.

P-Model - "Sophisticated"

Sophisticated, the supermarket
Sophisticated, the apartment
Sophisticated, the fried chicken*
Sophisticated, the make-up hanging up

Sophisticated, the speaking thinking
Sophisticated, the masturbation
Sophisticated, the Japanese girls
Sophisticated, the Japanese boys

Sophisticated  television image
Sophisticated, the school boys' deaths**
Sophisticated, the music play
Sophisticated, the foreign language song

(repeat all)

Translation Notes:

* Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan was established in 1970 and (after a floundering start in Nagoya) eventually opened its first Tokyo store in 1971 in Aoyama. The official KFC Japan legend is that at this very store, a foreigner in Japan came by one day and said, "I can't find turkey in Japan, so I think I'll use KFC's chicken at my Christmas dinner instead." In 1974, KFC Japan started having an annual campaign of selling chicken for Christmas, which caught on to the point that many Japanese continue to associate fried chicken with Christmas, to the bemusement of many Westerners. The KFC boom is just another example of the extreme westernization sweeping through Japan at the time.

** The Japan Police Agency apparently started collecting data on the number of student suicides in 1978, which oddly fits with the timing of this song. Don't know if there was an uptick in student suicides or something, though.


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I think it's a safe bet that this is the only occasion you will find 'fried chicken', 'masturbation' and 'schoolboys' deaths' cropping up in a song together.

Pleasingly random! Thankyou. o_O

Hahaha, seriously. (The "fried chicken" line pretty much broke me the first time I heard this song. FURAIDO CHIKIN.)

Hahaha, I was just thinking about this song this morning!

Sophisticated, featuring things that totally aren't. And things you don't expect to hear from [current] Hirasawa.* I wonder if there's ever been a time when Hirasawa hasn't loved contradictions.

*Given KFC's long standing popularity in Japan, I can imagine extra reason for Hirasawa to choose fried chicken over any other particular western food. Though they're still the only place I like mashed potatoes and gravy from...

The fried chicken reference is really interesting, considering that KFC made its big break in Japan in the 1970s. :) Actually, let me go back and add a note about that.

(And KFC was the only place I could go in Japan to find a delicious burrito-like wrap. MMM SO GOOD. Go figure.)

I love how the last line is self-deprecating.

I think he doesn't really pronounce the article "the" here. I think it is just an exaggeration of how the Japanese speak English, so "sophisticated" becomes "sofisutikeiteddo". This is where the extra syllable comes out, which you mistook for the article "the".

I may be wrong, though...

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