Konishi Yasuharu: Musician / Debuted as a member of PIZZICATO FIVE in 1985. He has worked on writing lyrics, composition, arrangement and remix for many artists since 2001 when the group was breakup. In 2012 he published his first solo work “Very Sad 11songs” (Universal Music) in the name PIZZICATO ONE. He also worked on producing and arrangement for “The Album For Nights” sang by Aki Yashiro released in 2012. There are some books written by him such as “Our Hit Parade” (a joint work with Yoshio Kataoka).
_DECADE shop featuring fashion in 60s and 70s, which is opening at ISETAN Shinjuku, is fit to the world view of Mr. Konishi, isn’t it?
And an icon of the times is after all Twiggy. She is featured as a starter for DECADE. You and POZZOCATO FIVE made her revive in Japan, I think.
Konishi: I was born in 1959 and I barely knew her in my elementary school days but I remember her visiting Japan for CM of Morinaga chocolate “Ko-eda”.
The 60s is completely different from the 70s for me, relating the concept of DECADE. The times are totally different not only on music but also fashion and a way of thinking. There is of course a relation between the times because a time is going to a next one though. And there is some difference between the current of the culture and my personal story.
_So, what kind of time is 60s for you?
Konishi: I entered a junior high school in 1971 when I was growing up mentally and physically, in various ways. It was then I realized that there wouldn’t be only fun in life. I looked back 60s in those days and it seemed something like a utopia full of fun. On a summer day when I was a schoolchild, four female typists all wore mini skirts, who worked at a printer my family owned. They looked very beautiful and even my father wore wide striped denim pantaloons and a blue striped shirt with Yves Saint Laurent necktie. It was a scene of the summer day I remember as of the 60s. It was the time that was colorful, bright and full of happiness. You could watch a foreign serial spy drama influenced by 007 on TV. Women in mini skirts and spies, in addition to both of those, another symbol of 60s were music such as The Beatles for me. Twiggy was an icon for women while The Beatles for men in those days. Twiggy was popular so that she appeared in some films and sang but had no representative work. “The Boy Friend” directed by Ken Russell was a fabulous film but it staged in 20s. There is no film, in which she appeared in a mini skirt.
Mini skirts baptized me a few years earlier before I became to be a fan of American and British pop music when I was at the sixth grade. My life seemed to begin to cloud at the same time maxi skirts began to be a trend in 1971, if I can say. Hah, ha.
_70s was a little cloudier for you than 60s full of happiness, was it?
Konishi: 70s was rather like 80s for me. 60s could be said The Beatles era so 70s soul and disco. It was surprisingly natural that disco music was moving to house music, wasn’t it? From 70s to 90s music was on the one straight line. Talking about myself, just as entering a junior high I began to listen to folksongs such as James Taylor who is an American songwriter and became to seek the depth rapidly. Many songs were then introspective, you see.