tommy february6 / tommy heavenly6

Tommy heavenly 6, OK? If you haven't already been indoctrinated, Tomoko Kawase was an amazingly talented and beautiful part of the brilliant green, who were quite popular around the turn of the millennium.

She eventually struck out on her own, as a synth-peppy-pop Tommy february6 (named after her birthdate). I didn't care for that project all that much, due to the relative vapidity of the music. It was above average, and the visual components were greatly kitchy (so many cheerleaders!) but just not my beloved BuriGuri.

So, when her first band released [The Winter Album], their last record in 12.2002, I only cried a little bit, because I knew that Tommy had some secret, sparkly tricks left in her gig bag - namely her rockin' Tommy heavenly 6 project. It's everything that february6 was not - incredibly catchy in a guitar heavy sort of way, presented at times at a must faster pace then the brilliant green. So you have a combination of English and Japanese lyrics, soothing yet slightly edgy vocals, distortion and a solid back beat, plus loads and loads of pop rocks, already soda mixed and ready to maim.

While february6 already has had two albums so far, heavenly6 didn't give us pure, unfiltered joy until 8.24.2005. I ordered my limited edition copy of [Tommy heavenly6] way before then, but due to the slow magic of shipping from Japan, didn't receive it unit months later. Without belaboring the point, it is truly amazing, containing her hit singles [Ready?], [Wait Till I Can Dream], [Hey My Friend] (from the [Shimotsuma Story] sountrack), not to mention some fan-fave B-sides ([Swear] and [Gimme All Of Your Love!]). Those 5 songs alone are well worth the purchase price. but they are surrounded by 6 other fine tracks, all of which I learned to love in their own special way.

Specifically, I now adore [2Bfree] the album opener that starts with a question but then chokes you with sweet exclamation points. [fell in love with you] slows things down a bit with some familiar Tommy jingle jangle, only to propel the chorus the hell down the street, like an anxious water balloon. [Wanna be your idol] is better than anything on Fox reality shows, with a little lurch mid-song before the gas kicks in, and [+gothic Pink+] is cute yet hilarious ("Hello, welcome to my dark side/Why don't you have a picnic there") that the rollicking chorus more than makes up for. [Lost My Pieces] is very BuriGuri, albeit a more depressed, slinky version, with another of those killer choruses that Tommy seems to specialize in. Finally, [LCDD] is perfectly pretty, a nice culmination of the new Tommy sound that melds the past with the present.

In short, this was one of the best records of 2005, without question. It might not be for everyone, but if you're a BuriGuri fan, or a Tommy fan in general, then you will be doing front flips with chair firmly under your ass. That's quite difficult, you know, which speaks to the world-shifting power of such pretty pop.

I'll post more information about the more prolific Tommy february6 soon.

tommy february6 / tommy heavenly6

Tomoko Kawase: Vocals

 

 

New Tommy heavenly6 Album Out 3.7.2007!

2nd Album
[Heavy Starry Heavenly6]
DFCL 1348-1349 (Limited with DVD)
DFCL 1350 (Standard)
3.7.2007

This second album will have to be amazing to surpass her first heavenly6 effort, but with her strong singles in 2006, anything is possible.

New Tommy heavenly6 Single Out 2.7.2007!

Heavy Starry Chain

8th Single
[Heavy Starry Chain]
DFCL 1327-1328 (Limited with DVD)
2.7.2007

Heavy Starry Chain

8th Single
[Heavy Starry Chain]
DFCL 1329 (Standard)
2.7.2007

Last single before her new album.. Definitely try to get the DVD version, which is bound for specialness.

New Tommy heavenly6 Single Out 12.6.2006!

I LOVE XMAS

7th Single
[I LOVE XMAS]
DFCL 1317-1318 (Limited with DVD)
12.6.2006

I LOVE XMAS

7th Single
[I LOVE XMAS]
DFCL 1319 (Standard)
12.6.2006

Obviously includes a Christmas song, to go along with the previous Halloween themed [Lollipop Candy BAD girl]. As always, true fans go for the DVD version, which is usually a hoot.

New Tommy heavenly6 Single Out 10.11.2006!

Lollipop Candy BAD girl

6th Single
[Lollipop Candy BAD girl]
DFCL 1292-1293 (Limited with DVD)
10.11.2006

Lollipop Candy BAD girl

6th Single
[Lollipop Candy BAD girl]
DFCL 1294 (Standard)
10.11.2006

New Tommy heavenly6 Single Out 7.5.2006!

Pray

5th Single
[Pray]
DFCL 1285-1286 (Limited with DVD)
10.11.2006

Pray

5th Single
[Pray]
DFCL 1287 (Standard)
10.11.2006

New Tommy heavenly6 Single Out 6.7.2006!

I'm Gonna SCREAM+

[I'm Gonna SCREAM+]
DFCL 1276-1277 (Limited with DVD)
6.7.2006

I'm Gonna SCREAM+

[I'm Gonna SCREAM+]
DFCL 1278 (Standard)
6.7.2006

First Tommy heavenly6 Album Out 8.24.2005!

Tommy heavenly6

[Tommy heavenly6]
DFCL 1194-1195 (Limited with DVD)
DFCL 1196 (Standard)
8.24.2005

Track Listing

01. 2BFREE
02. READY?
03. WAIT TILL I CAN DREAM
04. FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU
05. WANNA BE YOUR IDOL
06. GOTHIC PINK
07. SWEAR
08. LOST MY PIECES
09. GIMME ALL OF YOUR LOVE!
10. LCDD
11. HEY MY FRIEND

Tomoko Has Two Solo Albums

Sorry I haven't updated things in a while, but Tomoko has been quite busy with her solo projects. Namely, there have been two Tommy february6 albums:

[Tommy february6]
DFCL 1060
2.6.2002

[Tommy Airline]
DFCL 1140-1142 (Limited with DVD)
DFCL 1143 (Standard)
3.17.2004

I think both albums are OK - a bit too synth-poppy for my tastes - but I love her singing and the sticky sweet videos.

If you want a real treat, track down her Tommy heavenly6 project, which is the BuriGuri flip side to her cheerleader heavy jams. Basically, heavenly6 is guitar happy and super satisfying, and these are must have releases:

Single
[Wait Till I Can Dream]
DFCL 1105-1106 (Limited with DVD)
3.17.2004

Single
[Hey My Friend]
DFCL 1136
5.26.2004

[Wait Till I Can Dream] has two of my favorite Tommy associated songs ever, the title track and [Swear]. Plus, the videos are great, and tie into the [Tommy Airline] promotional videos. You have been warned.

Tomoko Solo Project single out 7.25.2001!

Tommy february6
[Everyday at the Bus Stop]
DFCZ 1037, 2,000 yen

A CD+DVD package by Tomoko Kawase that I can't wait to hear/see. I'm sure she's great solo, here's your chance to find out. The sound clip is peppy synth pop sans guitar.

JM = Junk Magnet has this

tommy heavenly6

I'm Gonna SCREAM+

1st Single
[Wait Till I Can Dream]
DFCL 1105-1106 (Limited with DVD) JM
DFCL 1253-1254 (Limited with DVD, re-release)
7.16.2003

2nd Single
[Hey My Friend]
DFCL 1136 JM
DFCL 1259 (re-release)
5.26.2004

3nd Single
[Ready?] JM
DFCL 1192
7.20.2005

Tommy heavenly6

Ist Album
[Tommy heavenly6]
DFCL 1194-1195 (Limited with DVD) JM
DFCL 1196 (Standard)
8.24.2005

I'm Gonna SCREAM+

4th Single
[I'm Gonna SCREAM+]
DFCL 1276-1277 (Limited with DVD) JM
6.7.2006

I'm Gonna SCREAM+

4th Single
[I'm Gonna SCREAM+]
DFCL 1278 (Standard)
6.7.2006

Pray

5th Single
[Pray]
DFCL 1285-1286 (Limited with DVD) JM
10.11.2006

Pray

5th Single
[Pray]
DFCL 1287 (Standard)
10.11.2006

Lollipop Candy BAD girl

6th Single
[Lollipop Candy BAD girl]
DFCL 1292-1293 (Limited with DVD)
10.11.2006

Lollipop Candy BAD girl

6th Single
[Lollipop Candy BAD girl]
DFCL 1294 (Standard)
10.11.2006

I LOVE XMAS

7th Single
[I LOVE XMAS]
DFCL 1317-1318 (Limited with DVD)
12.6.2006

I LOVE XMAS

7th Single
[I LOVE XMAS]
DFCL 1319 (Standard)
12.6.2006

Heavy Starry Chain

8th Single
[Heavy Starry Chain]
DFCL 1327-1328 (Limited with DVD)
2.7.2007

Heavy Starry Chain

8th Single
[Heavy Starry Chain]
DFCL 1329 (Standard)
2.7.2007

tommy february6

Everyday At The Bus Stop

Ist Single
[Everyday At The Bus Stop]
DFCL 1037-1038 (Limited with DVD)
7.25.2001

Kiss One More Time

2nd Single
[Kiss One More Time]
DFCL 1055
11.21.2001

Bloomin'!

3rd Single
[Bloomin'!]
DFCL 1055
1.17.2002

Tommy february6

Ist Album
[Tommy february6]
DFCL 1058-1059 (Limited with DVD)
2.6.2002

Tommy february6

Ist Album
[Tommy february6] JM
DFCL 1060
2.6.2002

je t'aime - je t'aime

4th Single
[je t'aime - je t'aime]
DFCL 1236
2.6.2003

Love Is Forever

5th Single
[Love Is Forever]
DFCL 1241
7.16.2003

MaGic in youR Eyes

6th Single
[MaGic in youR Eyes]
DFCL 1251
2.11.2004

Tommy airline

2nd Album
[Tommy airline]
DFCL 1140-1142 (Limited with DVD) JM
3.17.2004

Tommy airline

2nd Album
[Tommy airline]
DFCL 1203 (Standard)
3.17.2004

LOVELY ~Yume Miru Lovely Boy~

7th Single
[LOVELY ~Yume Miru Lovely Boy~]
DFCL 1262
7.14.2004

Lonely in Gorgeous

8th Single
[Lonely in Gorgeous] JM
DFCL 1225
11.30.2005

music

tommy february6

tommy heavenly6

2.12.2007

 

Tommy february6 - Tomoko Project

Tommy february6 [J]
Info, Sound Clips

Tommy At Ken-On[J]
Choose Your Tommy

 

Tommy heavenly6 - Tomoko Project

Tommy heavenly6 [J]
Info, Sound Clips

Tommy At Ken-On [J]
Choose Your Tommy

 

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