When I went to Japan, I didn't really put together a proper wants list. In hindsight, I probably should have. I wasn't really prepared to be as overwhelmed by so much great, new music as I was. Even though I had built the trip up in my head for decades, it still over delivered once I was there. That being said, the one thing that I knew I wanted to pick up were the Ron Ron Clou full lengths. I wasn't able to find their first two, but Kazu from Waterslide pulled Good Melodies out of an LP bin at Record Shop Base for me.
I actually didn't even know this Ron Ron Clou record existed. It came out in 2004 and is an album of nothing but cover songs. As a whole, they're actually pretty fun. Sure some of the super obvious ones like "Mr. Roboto" and "Like a Virgin" are pretty cheesy, but I will say that Ron Ron Clou does a pretty great version of Ash's "Kung Fu." (Sadly, I can't find this on YouTube or anywhere else online)
This certainly doesn't take the place of the two actual Ron Ron Clou full lengths, but it's a nice addition to the collection and I was very excited to have at least found one of their albums while in Japan. Last week I actually found a US seller on Discogs that had the other two Ron Ron Clou records for sale at a pretty good price. I bought them and they're actually in the mail heading my way now, so expect those reviews in the upcoming weeks.
Ron Ron Clou - "Sports & Wine":
Ron Ron Clou - "Teenage Kicks":