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We Should Be Dancing With This 90s Tune by Kakko

It is #SongLyricsSunday, thanks to our host Jim at An Unique Title For Me. This week’s theme is the modal verbs “Could/Might/Should/Would”. Today’s pick is a follow-up to Sonia’s newest single. Even though “A Night That’s Never-Ending” isn’t produced by Stock, Aiken, and Waterman, Sonia’s debut album is. And, so is the short career of today’s artist. This week’s pick is Kakko.

Kakko’s We Should Be Dancing

As I mentioned previously in the post “Battle of the Songs: Whenever You Need Somebody”, one of my prized possessions in my record collection is a signed 7-inch single of Kakko’s “We Should Be Dancing”. I got it about two years ago from a Reddit Secret Santa Exchange. The single was on my wishlist as I was interested in listening to the remixes. But, I didn’t expect it signed! I am so thankful for my Santa who was able to track down a signed single for me!

My sign copy of Kakko's "We Should Be Dancing"

“We Should Be Dancing” is a basic SAW track. It’s is upbeat, danceable, and filled with lots of synthesizers. Fans might argue that this one of the worst songs in the SAW catalog, but you can’t argue that this song makes you want to get up and dance. Whenever I listen to this song, I begin to dance the routine naturally. It is so addicting!

You can hear a distinctive piano melody during the verses. This sounds similar to something I heard before in the SAW catalog but I can’t put my finger on. Yet, the percussion sounds like the PWL mix of Sandra’s “Everlasting Love”.

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I really enjoy “We Should Be Dancing”, even though a lot fo SAW fans might disagree. It is a fun and upbeat song that will make you want to get up and dance. I just think Kakko was unfortunate as a singer being produced by SAW as the legendary trio was losing popularity in 1990.

What do you think about the song? Listen to it below and let me know what you think in the comments!

Trivia: According to the blog Girls on Pop, “rumor has it that Kakko couldn’t pronounce the letter “R” properly, and Mike Stock had a hell of a time trying to figure out lyrics that didn’t feature the “R” sound prominently!”. 😮

Here is an interview with Kakko with a live performance on the British TV show Wide Awake Club 90:

About the Artist: Kakko

Kakko, whose real name is Kakuko Yamagata, was born in Minoh City, Osaka Prefecture. She went to an international school in Kobe as a schoolgirl. After graduating from high school in Tokyo, she went to London in hopes to become a singer. She became a tea girl at Stock, Aiken, Waterman’s recording studio after she arrived. That is when the producing trio noticed her and have her sign a recording contract. The hope was to have a Japanese artist so SAW could reach Japan with their music.

The Japanese singer released her first single, “We Should Dancing”, in 1990. It charted #101 on the UK charts. She released a follow-up single entitled “What Kind Of Fool” that same year but didn’t chart. With two singles that didn’t perform well, Kakko was let go of her contract and returned back to her home country.

When Kakko came home, she began a career in acting. She has become a popular actress as she appeared in many TV dramas as well as movies. Kakko has also appeared as a host for the music program Music Fair from 1995 to 2016. She also appeared on variety shows and morning programs like ZIP!, serving as a guest or a host. She is currently a host on the radio program All Night Nippon MUSIC10.

The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. Clarice

    Oh! I remember her. Listening to these videos is just nostalgic. In fact, I had totally forgotten them not until today. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Cyndi Buchanan

    Just when I thought I knew all things 90’s. I have never heard of this before. Thank you for introducing me to something new.

    1. Marjie Mare

      The 90s beat are the best and this one is awesome as well. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Trent Peek

    There is a retro thing happening in Japan right now in terms of music. Fun post.

  4. Stephanie

    I love songs that make you want to get up and move! Especially when I am cleaning, it keeps it fun. I listen to a lot of 90s music when I need upbeat songs.

  5. Neely Moldovan

    I definitely get good dance vibes! Seems like a super fun song!

  6. joy

    i had never heard of Kakko before. thank you for sharing. she is adorable and has lots of enthusiasm.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  7. Joan

    Love this and how makes you love to the beat, in need to listen to more.

  8. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    This is a happy song! Love the beat and Kakko’s vocal talent is awesome. I can’t believe she even worked odd jobs before her talent was recognized!

  9. Gavin

    They don’t make music like the 90’s anymore – cheesy and BRILLIANT at the same time. Love it!

  10. Philomath

    This is really good idea and I might sign up for participation. I haven’t heard about kokko but she seem nice and had a journey to become singer.

  11. Christa

    What a thoughtful Secret Santa gift! I’ve never heard this song before.

  12. Dalene Ekirapa

    Kokko has quite a journey into music and it’s inspiring to see that she finally did music. That tune is surely danceable! I love its old school vibe too.

  13. Samantha Donnelly

    I have not heard this song before, but love it just my kind of song that makes me want to get up and dance x

  14. Lea

    Those beats that wakes your sleeping energy. I could use this when I clean my room 😀

  15. Zoë

    I grew up in the 90’s and I don’t remember this song at all haha. Gives me great memories of the 90’s though 🙂

  16. Joanna

    This is such a fun song, I actually remember it being played so many times on the radio when I was little. Great choice!

  17. Cindy

    Fun song! And I think the artist would be so delighted to read this post. She would love that you are her fan.

  18. Bree

    How fun! I am so getting good dance vibes from this tune – let’s all dance dance!

  19. shadrack biwot

    this is the first time I’m hearing of this song. will be sure to listenjoy to it

  20. Di

    I was a big SAW fan back in the day but I don’t remember this song at all! Definitely has their signature rhythm to it though. Big Mel & Kim vibe!

  21. Melanie williams

    I love this. I am all about the 80s and 90s music for sure. The 90s were fun times xx

  22. tweenselmom

    First time to read about Kakko, the girl definitely has talents. I’m a 90s girl and I like her groove.

  23. Maysz

    Wow, I love Jpop songs and I will definitely check this one. I’m so excited to read your blog AMY because I’m a huge fan of music 🙂

  24. Serena

    I love a 90’s track! Great post! Took me right back!

  25. anshul

    I am hooked to this track now. So cool.

  26. Kristin

    I had never heard of Kakko before. Thank you for the introduction. Still like to listen to “old school” music.

  27. Vasundhra

    I love listening to old music, but I haven’t heard of Kakko yet. I’ll check her music out. I recently got hooked to a lot of old Bollywood music from the early 2000’s. That’s almost 2 decades old now yikes!

  28. Rocio

    I haven’t hear this song before but sounds so much fun

  29. Trijit

    I am a 90’s kid and really surprised that I was unaware of this dance form. Thanks for this information.

  30. Arlee Bird

    I like the sound. Reminds me of the music I used to listen to a lot back in the eighties.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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