For a third week in a row we feature a song about former Japanese Flyweight champion Seisaku Saito in this weekly musical interlude. This time it's a jazz track from Akira Sakata called "Ballad for Taco", which is a reference to Saito's stage name of Hachiro Tako.
We'll accept we're not big on Jazz though we do know that Sakata is one of the biggest names in Japanese Jazz music and that this track was originally on the album "Tacology".
For those who enjoy Jazz this is likely of more interest than the tracks we include that are limited by lyrical language barriers, but again we know Jazz is a musical style that can be hard to grasp, and we certainly have no grasp of it at all.
In 1985 Japanese band Moon Riders, who covered pretty much every genre of rock music from their formation in 1975, released their 9th original album, "ANIMAL INDEX".
The opening song on the album is a song called "Sad News", which is about former Japanese Flyweight champion Seisaku Saito. Or more exactly Hachiro Tako, the name he was known as when he was an entertainer after his boxing career.
The song was about the former fighter who had drowned in the sea earlier in the year, hence the title being "Sad News", or rather what translates from Japanese as "Sad News".
For those who liked New Wave music from the mid 1980's, this is well worthy of a listen. It has a feel that sounds familiar, yet different and is a song which has a good musical sound and tempo. Despite the language barrier, a common issue with Japanese songs about boxers, the track it's self is still very easy to listen to and is worthy of at least one play.
Although not a very famous boxer in the west Seisaku Saito was a former Japanese national Flyweight champion who later went on to have a very, very successful career as an actor. Sadly he passed away well before his time, though his legacy in Japan lives on due to his infinite charm, memorable tales and numerous TV and movie roles.
Although boxing fans may recognise him as Seisaku Saito others will likely know him as Hachiro Tako, the name he used on stage.
He was a genuinely big name in Japanese entertainment, so much so that that the prolific Japanese musician Kazuki Tomokawa, who was a personal friend of Saito's, recorded a song about him. The song title translates as "He was there-Yes! There was Tako Hachiro" and is a very personal and emotional sounding song.
The meaning is likely lost if you don't understand Japanese, but the emotional is very clear, and musically it's an enjoyable track despite the language barriers.
Last week we featured Latigo Rapper's track about Rey "Boo Boom" Bautista and we mentioned he did two tracks about Filipino boxers. This is the other one, and is imaginatively named "AJ Bazooka Banal Rap", and is about AJ Banal.
Again not the most amazing of musical tracks, but it does make us wonder why we don't see more upcoming fighters, from the Philippines, which Banal was at the time, linking with musicians to have songs about them in an effort to raise their profile and give them a unique track to enter with. It seems a fun idea and something that more fighters perhaps should consider.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.