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Tommy Airline

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8125735

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    Part of what makes Tommy February6's work so enduringly appealing is the sheer, shameless, 80s hero worship of it all. Where many 80s influenced pop acts seem hung up on the hipster style aspect, Tommy February6, aka. Kawase Tomoko of drab guitar rockers The Brilliant Green, makes no concessions to fashion and turns the whole process into a huge becostumed slumber party. While the singles don't quite reach the catchy pop standard of "Everyday at the Bus Stop" or "Kiss One More Time", both of which appeared on her self-titled debut, "je t'aime, je t'aime" and "Love is Forever" aren't far behind, and album track "ThE RoSe fraGranCe" (like much of the track list, complete with near a psychotically deranged attitude to capitalization) is one of the best songs in her catalog. Throughout the album, the music plows a nostalgic furrow, chasing the trail of Strawberry Switchblade, Fuzzbox, and '80s Madonna, with sugar-sweet bubblegum pop lyrics, often in gleefully nonsensical English, tempered by occasional that the character of Tommy February6 (and she is explicitly a character rather than a more conventional solo project) might not quite be playing with the full set of marbles, notably in the stalker anthem "ChOOSe mE or Die", complete with the spoken word admonition "If you don't say you love me, I'll kill you!" set against the cooing "Love you, love you" refrain. A couple of anime tie-in singles and a contract-fulfilling "best of..." aside, Kawase would generally leave her Tommy February6 character alone after this to concentrate on the more MOR rock styled and infinitely less fun "dark side" character Tommy Heavenly6, which is a shame, but TOMMY AIRLINE still stands as a gloriously cheap, trashy celebration of bubblegum pop at its finest.

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