Puffy’s twentieth anniversary is coming up next year, which for American bands would be a noteable achievement. For a Japanese act? Outstanding, especially since bands in Japan quit at the drop of a hat, cynically repeat quitting or never gain traction and dissolve. Examples of this are Judy & Mary, Murasaki and PuppyPet respectively.
Chatter on Ami’s feed has briefly mentioned her and Yumi’s twentieth anniversary as a duo, which got me to thinking:
What do I want from Puffy for their twentieth anniversary?
A live album from the tour. This would be on the scale of Judy And Mary’s Warp Tour Final, but tack on another ten songs to seal its awesomeness. So think a double cd, if not a triple.
A bluray or DVD of the tour’s final concert. Lots of extras with making of, behind the scenes, alternate camera angles, commentary. Ideally this would be a bonus or mega set with the CD version of the concert.
US Tour dates. Honestly I think this is incredibly unlikely unless they partner up with Comicon or another act that they can partner with (Shonen Knife would be a fine example).
A new album. This want fills me with trepidation. Are we going to get something really good like Sweet Drops or something awful like Himitsuno Gimmy Cat Ufufu Hontouyo? Much as I think Rolly is talented (his cover of Talalan is really great for example) and creative, what he passes off as music sometimes is not good. The only thing that gives me hope is Thank You took a while to release and it was quite good, so hopefully Ami and Yumi are striving for perfection and that is why we have seen nothing for the better part of four years.
An ambitious tour. I am not talking about number of dates alone, I am talking venues. A few scenarios here for the final tour concert. Some are probable, good and limited. The others increasingly unlikely, bad and awesome. The first scenario is they play Hibiya Yagai Daiongakudo and interest in their concerts is about the same. The second scenario is Nippon Budokan which could come about if there is good press and interest in Puffy’s Anniversary. The last scenario is Tokyo Dome, which would probably require Puffy coming back to form and there being tremendous interest in this final tour stop.
The first scenario is premised by previous final tour stops and Hibiya Yagai Daiongakudo (capacity 3100) seems like a venue that they can fill and it’s a good one for filming. The underlying premise is if it is really business as usual for Puffy, they will continue on as a duo.
The second scenario, Nippon Budokan (capacity 14000) is prefaced by the fact that I think there has to be a lot more interest in Puffy than we see now. I think sentimentality and celebrating a long and successful career might be enough to push a twentieth anniversary up to this venue. Having been there, it really is a neat place and Puffy has also played at Nippon Budokan.
|My visit to Nippon Budokan 2013. It is a cool venue.|
Anyways, these final concerts playing out would be three potential wants based on what Puffy wants to do after twenty years. If Puffy must go, they should do it in style, do it huge and leave a mark.
Ultimately what I want is for Ami and Yumi to be happy, productive and together because they are something special and singualrly or more accurately dually...unique.