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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Sabishii Nettaigyo by Wink, W(DoubleU) .... or The Nolans?

Lots of link for today. I really hope they don't take down the videos for this post...

Okay now, the question is... who covered WHO?

We all know the tune "Sabishii Nettaigyo" 淋しい熱帯魚, one of 80's/90's pop duo Wink's greatest hits, was covered excellently by our favourite W (DoubleU).

Now Wink is known to cover lots of English songs but this was a surprise to me -> this song may also be a cover of an English song "Tidal Wave" sung by The Nolans. This auction item seems to approve of the fact.

The Nolans came out in the 70's, one of their most well-known songs is probably "I'm in the Mood of Dancing". So I thought that the Sabishii Nettaigyo to be a cover song should be true. However, I couldn't find "Tidal Wave" song in video or audio anywhere. So can anybody from the UK or Ireland please confirm this?


Sabishii Nettaigyo by W

Sabishii Nettaigyo by Wink

Tidal Wave by The Nolans (song mixed with misc W videos)

What do you think?

EDIT 2 (13-11-2006): Received an email from Fiona, the webmaster of Has confirmed that the song "Tidal Wave" IS a cover of "Sabishii Nettaigyo", their album also entitled "Tidal Wave" was released in 1991. She further mentions that The Nolans song "Sexy Music" was covered by a certain Japanese artiste in the early 1980s. There may be other covered songs. (Thanks Fiona! ^_^)


More on The Nolans

I love 70s and 80s music, but due to our limited access to Western music from where I come from, I've only heard of "I'm in the mood for dancing".

The Nolans in action:
"I'm in the mood for dancing" by The Nolans

I also found out that The Nolans were huge in the Japan music charts, outselling The Beatles at one point.

This is probably why:
"I'm in the mood for dancing" by The Nolans (sung in Japanese!)



Anonymous said...

The answer is that the Nolans covered Wink.

Actually, a total of 55 Japanese songs are known to have been covered by the Nolans.

"Tidal Wave" is just one of them.


Mick a.k.a. jinryuichi said...

Wow, that was quick... thanks for the info!

Mystery solved... Peace ^_^

Easily Confused said...

Best song I've ever heard W do.

Fiona C L Williamson said...

Great Blog page Mick - thanks for getting in touch via my website

The first comment is correct; The Nolans released a whole set of albums in the early 90s in Japan covering a variety of Japanese songs, one of which was re-released in 2005 (The Nolans Sing Momoe 2005 - a re-issue of "Playback Part 2").

Mick a.k.a. jinryuichi said...

Thanks again, Fiona.... and 'anonymous'. (Pls leave a name, next time, ya?)

Peace ^_^

ringjo said...

Wow. Thanks for sharing that piece of information! Great researching! I really love this song whether it be by W or Wink or... the Nolans? (^-^) All their renditions are good.

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