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Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian: The Best of Petty Booka

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Like Pizzicato Five and Puffy AmiYumi before them, Petty Booka's U.S. debut consists of highlights from the thriving career they enjoy in their native Japan. Since the mid-'90s, Satomi Asano "Petty" and Miyuki Matsubara "Booka" have been covering pop, kitsch, and country classics in a lighthearted, often ukulele-led Polynesian style. Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian Weed collects 17 favorites and throws in two newly recorded gems -- the title track and a Tiki-lounge music take on "These Boots Are Made for Walking." There's a fabulous language barrier-be-damned version of "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," a faithful rendition of "Tide Is High," and a lovely, ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Like Pizzicato Five and Puffy AmiYumi before them, Petty Booka's U.S. debut consists of highlights from the thriving career they enjoy in their native Japan. Since the mid-'90s, Satomi Asano "Petty" and Miyuki Matsubara "Booka" have been covering pop, kitsch, and country classics in a lighthearted, often ukulele-led Polynesian style. Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian Weed collects 17 favorites and throws in two newly recorded gems -- the title track and a Tiki-lounge music take on "These Boots Are Made for Walking." There's a fabulous language barrier-be-damned version of "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," a faithful rendition of "Tide Is High," and a lovely, pronoun-adjusted reading of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" that transforms the song into a South Pacific lullaby complete with tasteful Hawaiian guitar and tropical bird sound effects. The tradition-minded "Cowboy Hula," "Sophisticated Hula," and "Chotto Matte Kudasai" are equally engaging. Denizens of America's tiki underground should certainly take note of Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian -- it's a great way to grab the cream of Petty Booka's Polynesian output without having to shell out the cash for imports. But Shibuya-kei aficionados should enjoy this album too, as its gleeful mishmash of Western pop with Japanese lyrics and Hawaiian instrumentation is pretty much irresistible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: WEED
  • UPC: 714288791122
  • Catalog Number: 7911

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Petty Booka Primary Artist, Vocals
Yuki Yamauchi Slack Key Guitar, Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar, Weissenborn
Kouichi "Arichan" Matsuda Harmonica, Spoons, Foot Percussion
Soichiro Akutagawa Musician
Technical Credits
John Holt Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Modern Folk Quartet Contributor
Hiroshi Asada Producer
Michael J. Baker Contributor
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Hal David Composer
Bobby Ingano Contributor
Ben Vegas Contributor
Joe Lubin Composer
Mack David Composer
Noel Okimoto Contributor
Takeharu Hayakawa Contributor
Salaam Tillman Contributor
Steve "Bonehead" Jones Contributor
Matumizaka Boys Contributor
Dex Deadbolt Layout
John Kolivas Contributor
Robert Shinoda Contributor
Jim Decker Contributor
Barney Williams Composer
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