A bit of an oddity here, for sure, but a song that needed including in this series was a track by famed Japanese actor and entertainer Joe Yamanaka. There was quite a few options for Yamanaka songs, but we've settled on "Hot Vibration".
For those unaware Yamanaka was himself a boxer as a teenager, before developing a massive career in Japan as an actor and singer, having a lengthy and hugely successful career until his death in 2011.
This particular song will never go down as one of his best, but has got strong links to boxing thanks to the fact it has long ties for former Japanese Middleweight Shinji Takehara.
Seriously hardcore fans of Japanese boxing may recognise the name Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, or possibly his voice. It's his track "Kamikaze Special Attack Corps" that Junto Nakatani has used as an entrance song during portions of his career.
Despite that link to boxing it's certainly not Nagabuchi's only connection to the sport, and the same album that features "Kamikaze Special Attack Corps", an album called "Come on Stand up!", has a track called "Fighting Boxer", which is a rather upbeat and fun track.
Interestingly this said is said to have been created as a support song for former world champion Hideki Todaka, who is listed in the credits for the album!
This track is partially in English, a fairly normal thing for Japanese tracks which use English words and sentences quite liberally at times, and is genuinely quite a fun, hooky one. Given some of the songs we've featured in this series have been awful this is actually a decent song and one we do enjoy listening to!
For this weekly segment we do tend to like knowing who the artist is, and who the song is about. Sadly this week we don't know who the artist is, but the track is known as the "Rap about Zhanat Zhakiyanov" and is about the former WBA Bantamweight "super" champion.
This is a relatively short Kazakh rap song and whilst it's nothing amazing it is quite fun, and quite decent sounding.
Back in 2020 we put up "10 facts you probably didn't know about... Fighting Harada" and one of the many facts in that article was that he recorded a musical track, "Boxing Kouta",
Whilst Fighting Harada will always be regarded as a Japanese boxing legend, and one of the truly great Flyweight and Bantamweights, he will not go down was well for his singing ability. In fact after hearing this it's probably obvious why he didn't end up recording many, if any, other songs.
Regardless of it's quality it's amazing to think that one of the all time great Japanese fighters recorded a song, way back in 1966!
During these weekly musical interludes into our normal boxing content we have included a number of songs by various people, including Manny Pacquiao. We have included a song by Manny mother, which was...we less said about the better. But it turns out the family does have a genuinely talented musician.
That talented musician is Manny's son Michael Pacquiao who is a pretty solid rapper and in 2020 he became a viral hit with a live performance of his track "Hate". This isn't the love, instead being a studio recording of the track, but it's something that is worth listening to if you like rap, or are interested in the exploits of Manny's children.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.