Carrying that unmistakable yellow Tower Records bag, Yvette caught my attention and I approached her for a photo. Immediately friendly, she was warm to the idea of a photo, and asked if she could pose with her boyfriend. “Of course!,” I said, looking over her shoulder to meet the slightly suspicious (read: potentially menacing) glare of Juan who seemed to be carefully, stoically, understandably sussing the situation of some stranger in a strange land randomly soliciting something on the streets of Shibuya from his lady.
Hopefully, I diffused any skepticism or suspicion, as I always try to do whenever approaching strangers on the street, with some lightheartedness and friendly sincerity. When I explained TRS and my photographic intentions, Juan seemed at ease and we all got to chatting. That’s when I started noticing some details on these two.
How damn chido did Jaun look rawking those Rayban Clubmasters at night?! Made me instantly think of Roy Orbison, or better yet, Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas whose shades I always thought defined the look of that band more than anything else. Then I noticed the heavy chrome skull hanging around his guayabera style shirt, then then the stars (not swooshes) on his clean-and-blinged white Bape sneakers. That’s also when I noticed Yvette’s short socks and her Mary Jane Docs, and then the short shorts, and the 90’s cardigan, two-toned bleached hair, all appealing to my own grungy sensibilities. Man, these two looked coooooool!
Doors Strange Days (their best), Gorillaz CD, and a record from the late-great, beloved pioneer of chillpop, Nujabes. Juan and Yvette’s taste in music is a perfect reflection of their taste in style! Great scores – Well done! Great meeting you two and making that last-minute instant photo!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan and that our paths cross again on your next visit! Happy Trails!
More TRS on the way!
The Doors – Strange Days
Label: Elektra – EKS-74014
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, CTH (Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute)
Released: Sep 25, 1967
Style: Psychedelic Rock
Nujabes / Fat Jon – Samurai Champloo Music Record – Departure
Label: Victor – VTJL-7～8
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Released: Apr 27, 2022
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Jazzy Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Trip Hop, Instrumental
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Label: Parlophone – TOCP-66950
Format: CD, Album. DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
Released: Mar 3, 2010
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock
Style: Leftfield, Downtempo, Trip Hop
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