Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Share a Coke and a Song

Coke has started up a new campaign where each bottle of regular or diet cola has a code number on the midriff label. When you go to the main website and enter the code, you get taken to the page for one specific year, which gives you 10 full songs that Sony has the rights to. If there's a particular tune that you like, you can buy it for download. According to one news source, the songs will remain online until about June. Naturally, a number of people in Japan have compiled all the codes in one place. Given that soda costs 147 yen ($1.50) in the convenience stores and vending machines, spending all that cash for 57 bottles to get every single code is kind of pricey (assuming that you could find all those codes in the first place). On top of that, you then have to pay per song from the Coke site if you want them on your MP3 player. I don't think it's worth it. On the other hand, you can go to the "full play list", which lets you sample 30 seconds of each tune for free - took me several days to go through all of them to see if there was anything I liked.

The songs are roughly split 50-50 between Japanese and non-Japanese artists. For western performers, the styles go from rock-n-roll in the 50's, through hard rock and disco, to hip-hop and light pop in the 2010's. The Japanese stuff is a mix of enka, J-pop, light rock and more enka. The below list is just stuff that caught my attention, or had received some level of air play on U.S. radio. Maybe only a 20th of it are songs that I actually like (Green Day, The Kinks, Steppenwolf, The Doors, Eurythmics, Billy Joel, The Ventures).

1957 Little Richard - Jennie, Jennie
1958 伊東ゆかり - Lolipop, Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
        Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
1959 Dark Ducks - Oh My Darling Clementine
        Bobby Darin - Mack the Knife
        上高田少年合唱団 - Boys Detective Team Theme Song
1960 Bobby Bland - Cry, Cry, Cry
        B.B. King - Partin' Time
1961 Bobby Bland - I Pity the Fool
        The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1962 Booker T - Green Onions
        Kingston Trio - Where Have the Flowers Gone
1963 Lesley Gore - It's My Party
        New Christy Minstrels - Green Green
        Bob Dylan - Blowin' in the Wind
        Peter, Paul and Mary - Blowin' in the Wind
1964 The Kinks - You Really Got Me
        The Ventures - Diamond Head
1965 Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
        The Byrds - Tambourine Man
        Beach Boys - California Girls
1966 The Mamas and The Papas - California Dreamin
        Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
        Bob Dylan - Absolutely Sweet Marie
        The Monkees - I'm a Believer
        The Hollies - Bus Stop
1967 熊倉一雄 - ゲゲゲの鬼太郎
        The Monkees - Daydream Believer
1968 The Grass Roots - Midnight Confessions
        The Bee Gees - World
        Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
1969 Cliff Richard - Early in the Morning
        Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
        Dave Pell - Mah Na Mah Na
1970 Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun, Close to You
       Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
1971 Reynolds Hamilton, Joe Frank  - Don't Pull Your Love
        Carpenters - Rainy Days and Sundays,
        The Doors - Riders on the Storm, Love Her Madly
        James Taylor - You've Got a Friend
1972 Don McLean - American Pie
        Lindisfarne - Lady Eleanor
        Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music
        Isaac Hayes - The Theme From Shaft
1973 Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia
        Carpenters - Top of the World; Yesterday Once More
        Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly
        Spinners - Could it be I'm Falling in Love,
1974 サディスティック・ミカ・バンド - Please Time Machine
        Carpenters - Jambalaya
        ABBA - Waterloo
1975 The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Jackie Blue
        Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
        Orleans - Dance With Me
1976 Boston - More than a Feeling
        Gary Wright - Dream Weaver
        Pablo Cruise - Zero to Sixty in Five
1977 Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
        Steely Dan - Aja
        ABBA - Dancing Queen
        Pink Lady - UFO
        Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
1978 Godaigo - Monkey Magic
        Barry Manilow - Copacabana
        Andy Gibb - (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
        ABBA - Take a Chance on Me
        Billy Joel - 52nd Street
1979 The Doobie Brothers - What a Fool Believes
        Billy Joel - Honesty
        Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
1980 Nothing
1981 Journey - Don't Stop Believing
        Rick Springfield - Jesse's Girl
1982 Toto - Rosanna
        Journey - Open Arms
        The Gogo's - Vacation
1983 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
        Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
        Donna Summer - She Works Hard for the Money
        Journey - Faithfully, Separate Ways
        Irene Cara - Flashdance
        Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
1984 Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
        Sheila E - The Glamorous Life
        Talk Talk - It's My Life
        Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
        Huey Lewis and The News - If This is It
        Kenny Loggins - Footloose
1985 Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
        Eurythmics - There Must Be an Angel
        A-Ha - Take on Me
1986 Survivor - Burning Heart
        Berlin - Take My Breath Away
        Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
        Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love
        Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
1987 Heart - Alone
        Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
        Starship - Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now
        Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer
        George Michael - Faith,
        Cutting Crew - I Just Died in Your Arms
        Los Lobos - La Bamba
1988 Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up, Together Forever
        久保田利伸 - You Were Mine,  Missing
        Beach Boys - Kokomo
        INXS - Need You Tonight
        Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
1989 Bangles - Eternal Flame
        Princess Princess - Diamonds
        Unicorn - Great Inconvenience
        Bon Jovi - Born to Be My Baby
1990 Princess Princess - Oh! Yeah
        MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
1991 EMF - Unbelievable
        R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
        Whitney Houston - All the Man I Need
1992 Eric Clapton -Tears in Heaven
1993 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
        UB40 - Falling in Love
        Smashing Pumpkins - Today
1994 Nothing
1995 Des'ree - You Gotta Be
        岡本真夜 - Tomorrow
        TLC - Waterfalls
1996 Nothing
1997 Nothing
1998 Nothing
1999 Nothing
2000 Bon Jovi - It's My Life
        Whiteberry - Summer Festival
        Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want
        Aqua - Cartoon Heroes
2001 Nothing
2002 Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
        Avril Lavigne - Complicated
        Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
2003 Orange Range - Shanghai Love
        No Doubt - It's My Life
2004 Maroon 5 - This Love
        Asian Kung-Fu Generation - Rewrite
2005 The Killers - Mr. Brightside
2006 Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene It's an Arms Race
2007 Nothing
2008 Nothing
2009 Unicorn - Waoh
2010 Nothing
2011 Nothing
2012 Nothing
2013 Green Day - Oh Love
        The Ting Tings - Hang It Up

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