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Monday, November 13, 2006

My Name Is Sue, And I'm A Singer

As mentioned in the last post, I have been veering towards music that I know and love over the past few weeks as an audio comfort blanket. One of my favourite (and definitely cheesiest) album that I often revisit is by Aneka of Japanese Boy fame.

Aneka (real name Mary Sandeman) was a Scottish folk singer who sang in Gaelic with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. More as an expirement, she recorded a pop album, as detailed in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh:

"Japanese Boy was a complete accident. I'd been working with Mary on some Scottish folk albums, when she said to me she'd love to have a bash at some Pop songs. Now keep in mind that she was almost six feet tall, spoke in a frightfully posh voice and was the respectable wife of a small town GP with two children.

I never thought in a million years that she had a chance of making it in the Pop world. Anyway, she kept pestering me and I kept forgetting to write something for her, until one day she called me to say that the studio had been booked to record a song that I hadn't written yet. To cut a long story short I wrote the chorus, and I threw the whole thing together by taking bits from other songs that I had written years before. It was recorded as a demo, and was turned down by every major company.

Then the German company took it on and it went straight into the charts, and eventually #1 all over the world. There was a massive panic as to what to about her image. Then someone came up with the wig and kimono. A complete transformation."

Sandeman found the name "Aneka" by looking through the Edinburgh phone book - the name she found was actually "Anika," but she changed it to avoid upsetting person she took it from.

The album Japanese Boy is a treasure trove of guilty pleasures bringing to mind the sounds of Kate Bush, Olivia Newton John with a sprinkling of italo disco. Whilst it’s never going to make it to anyone’s top ten list, it brings back memories of my childhood that make me grin everytime I listen to the album. Sadly, the album has since been deleted, so I’ve posted the entire LP for your listening pleasure.

MP3: Aneka – Oh Shooby Doo Doo Lang (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Tuwhit Tuwhoo (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Japanese Boy (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Put Out The Light (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Come Back To Me (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Ahriman (expired)
MP3: Aneka – It´ll Be Alright (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Be My Only Karma (expired)
MP3: Aneka – I Was Free (expired)
MP3: Aneka – Little Lad (expired)

Album: Aneka - Japanese Boy (Album)


Blogger Rob said...

Fantastic! That's my journey home music sorted - thank you!

November 13, 2006 4:31 pm

Blogger Adrian said...

I was DJing on Saturday evening, and saw Japanese Boy in someone else's collection - I seized upon it! It's great. Thank you for this, can't wait to listen to them.

November 14, 2006 5:52 pm

Blogger Goggle said...

I'd never heard "Japanese Boy" but it sounded very familiar to me until I realized my previous exposure to it was a cover version by Taiwanese girl group S.H.E (who seem to do a ridiculous number of covers). If you want to hear it, I'll gladly email you the mp3 when I can get to the CD (left it at home).

November 14, 2006 11:23 pm

Blogger Craig said...

hey did you get my lonely, dear request..just checking if you've got it can you email:

November 15, 2006 2:51 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone else having trouble downloading the song "It'll be alright"? It's downloading as a gif...

November 15, 2006 8:27 pm

Blogger homoeclectic said...

It'll be alright has been fixed.

November 15, 2006 9:52 pm

Blogger kusala said...

This is awesome. I remember studying German in junior high and regularly listening to a local (Philadelphia) German-language radio station that played this song. What a blast to hear it again.

For some reason, I thought there was a German-language version, but maybe not. Thanks SO much for posting this -- what a weird nostalgic memory!

November 28, 2006 6:20 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this.

You made my day :)


November 30, 2006 10:47 pm

Blogger kingofbash said...

You are Godly for posting this, officially my hero! Japanese Boy gives me a wicked Vice City flashback . . . bravo!

January 15, 2007 9:56 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I find the b sides of singles of Aneka: Chasing dreams, Rose, rose I love you and Starshine?

January 17, 2007 6:49 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder if you could post these again...? i'd appreciate it so much. <3

February 16, 2007 3:37 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow i have only been able to download SHOOP SHOOP, JAPANESE BOY and Little Lady - could you please send me the others from this album as i am so addicted would so much appreciate it! my email addy is:

thank you so much!

You can find me at youtube:

March 11, 2007 11:01 pm

Anonymous Washu said...

I am honestly addicted to this music by Aneka aka Mary Sandeman.

You're links have expired so here is a big request can you send them to:

using this website to upload them:

Thank you in advance!

July 29, 2007 1:18 pm

Blogger james said...

is there any possibility for you to re post this album... I guess I came across it too late and all the link has expired already... :-(

September 23, 2007 3:25 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love if you re-upload the album please. If it's not too much trouble. Here's my email if that's easier:

October 03, 2007 3:02 am

Anonymous Ariane said...

Please, I'm looking for the b-sides of Aneka "Starshine" and "Rose Rose I Love You" Can anyone help me? Thanks

November 30, 2007 10:13 am


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