【The Boys / Soda Pressing】 & thee michelle gun elephant 和訳 Lyrics 聴き比べ

Lyraは日本のバンドで「今も大好き」というのが異常に少ない。(好き、くらいではなくてね)

thee michlle gun elephant ジ・ミッシェルガンエレファントが少ない「今も大好き」なバンドの1つ。

いや、もしかしたら唯一かもしれない。

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今日Lyraが和訳&紹介するのは、1976年にイングランドで結成されたパンク、パワーポップバンドのThe Boysだ。

Lyra (It’s me) will translates and show you Today’s Band is The Boys, that are an English punk rock/power pop band formed in London in 1976. (*Please see the Band’s details at the end of this page.)

彼らの名前は昔から知っていたし、ラジオや何処かで聴いたかもしれないが、The Boysとして認識して曲をちゃんと聴いたのは、この「唯一今も大好きなバンド」thee michell gun elephantのCD Singleのカップリング曲としてだ。

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で、次に、こちらがthee michelle gun elephantのシングル”Out Blues”でB sideが”Soda Pressing”だよ。

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疾走感があってキャッチーで一度聞いたら忘れられない。

因みにバンドは元はThe Yobsという名前で1982年夏から活動していて1999年に再結成し、2014年に新譜を出してる。

メンバーは、

Casino Steel,

Matt Dangerfield,

Honest John Plain ,

Kent Norberg,

Martin H-Son,

旧メンバーJack Black, Kid Reid

thee michelle gun elephantのこのSingle CDに話を戻すと、ハッキリ言ってLyraは”Out Blues”より、”Soda Pressing”の方がmichelleに合ってると思ったくらい、チバの声にあっている。

まぁ、発音悪くて何言ってるかわからななかったけど、痺れる声とはこんな声だわ、と思ったくらいよ。

で、原曲が気になってmichelleのCD買った後にThe Boys聴いたら、「あらまぁ」と歌詞からLyraは、ほろ苦い思いに襲われた。

Lyraが原曲の”Soda Pressing”を和訳したので読んでね。その後で又、お話しましょう。

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= Soda Pressing =

Why’d ya never, why’d ya never smile
Did they beat ‘cha when you was a child
Did you ever, ever have a friend
Fair weather never came again

Come on baby come on gimme a smile
You’re so depressing, you`re such a serious child
Come on baby… come on baby
Come on baby… come on baby
Come on baby come on gimme a smile

You were looking, you were looking through
Back pages of Sniffin’ Glue
You were hoping, you were hoping to
See something in there about you

何でだよ?何で笑ってくんないんだ?

アイツらは、君がちっちゃい時に君をブン殴ってたんだろ?

君には居たのかい?君には友達は居たのかい?

都合が良い時は二度と来やしねぇような奴らがさ

なぁ、かわい子ちゃん、俺には笑ってくれよ

憂鬱そうだな、君は真剣に取りすぎちゃう子だよ

なぁ、元気出せよ、なぁ、元気出せって

なぁ、元気出せよ、なぁ、元気出せって

なぁ、かわい子ちゃん、俺には笑ってくれよ

君はさ、君は無視されて来たんだろ?

プンプン匂う糊の裏ページみたいに

君は望んでいたんだろ?

君について書かれてるページを、ちゃんと見て欲しいって、望んでいたんだろ?

Translator: Lyra Sky

こちらがOriginalのThe Boys”Soda Pressing”で、

で、こちらがLyraが大好きなthee michelle gun elephantの”Soda Pressing”だよ。

皆んなは、どちらが好き?

Lyraはmichelleの方が好みなんだ。

激しくてストレートな音が、一度聴いたら忘れない思いを引き起こしてくれる。

チバの声がアベの弾丸ギターでより熱く聴こえるとLyraは思う。

Vocalやってからかもしれないけど、こんなギターの音、左隣りで出されたらさ、許容範囲以上の声を張り上げて、が鳴って歌っちゃうよね。

「熱くなれよ、おい!もっと熱くなれんだろ?」て、横からツンツン急かされてるみたいで、「マジかなわんわ〜!」ってなるね。

チバもマジになっただろう。毎回だと疲れたのかもね(笑)。

Lyraは真剣なのが好きなので、「これ位してくれないと!」と嬉しくなるし、又聴きたくなってしまう音を出したいな。

そう、繰り返し聴いちゃうのだ”Soda Pressing”と言う曲は!

多分、The Boysの楽曲が一度耳にしたら忘れないくらい良質なメロディだからだろう。

うますぎるな〜と思うよ、このサウンドに、この悲しげな歌詞は。

Lyraは、女の子に対しての和訳にしてみたけれど、小さい時に虐待を受けていた、又はイジメられていた人に対して心優しい理解者が、

「元気出してくれよ」

「俺だけには笑顔をみせてくれ」

と元気付け慰めている、男性のイメージの歌だ。

親密になりたい気持ちからかもしれないけど、、、そこには色恋云々より、親愛や信頼関係を持ちたい優しい人間の姿が見える。

無視されて、価値がないように扱われて来たなら笑顔なんて直ぐに出やしない。

どれだけ辛かっただろう。

そんな辛さや真面目な性格ゆえの自分を追い詰めてしまう所まで、このセリフを言ってる人間は、悲しい生い立ちの子を理解し知り尽くしてる。

きっと、彼女(又は彼)が、笑顔を取り戻してくれるまで言い続け、歌い続けるだろう。

いつか凍りついたハートは、愛や思いやりで溶けてくれるに違いない、、、。そうLyraは”Soda Pressing”を聴きながら願ってしまう。

世の中の元気のない人やイジメられて辛い子たちに言いたいメッセージだ。

“Soda Pressing”と言ったらソーダを作る機械かなぁ、なんて想像しちゃうが、しつこいくらいなお願いの事じゃないかな?とLyraは深読みかもしんないけどね、そう思ってる。Pressingにお願い、熱望の意味があるからね。

「笑ってくれよ」

「俺を信じてくれ」って熱心に女の子に言ってる男子がLyraは見えるわ。

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あなたも元気がない人には笑顔になってほしいよね。

それが好きな人ならば尚更だ。

そんな時は、”Soda Pressing”を2人で聞いてみたら?

Rock好きならばthee michelle  gun elephantを聴かせちゃうのはどう?

何言ってるかわからんが(笑)、サビのところは分かるから、良いんじゃないかな。

Rockはそれ程〜な人にならば、The Boysの方が良いかもね。

POPだし聴きやすいからあったまるかもしれない、心が。

Lyraは、また聴くわ。

繰り返し、繰り返し。

“Soda Pressing”のLoopが始まる。

切なくて優しい言葉が爆音に渦巻く。

元気出して、笑ってよ、

私に笑ってみせて!

Come on, Give me your smile!

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= The Boys   (Also known as The Yobs ) =

Origin    、London, England
Genres
Punk rock,power pop
Years active
1976–1982
1999–present
Labels
NEMS Records & Tapes
Safari Records
Website
http://www.theboys.co.uk

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= Members =
Casino Steel
Matt Dangerfield
Honest John Plain
Kent Norberg
Martin H-Son
Past members
Jack Black
Kid Reid

Members of the band had previously played in other groups, including London SS and Hollywood Brats. After recording four studio albums and eight singles, as well as recording Christmas themed music under the name The Yobs, they disbanded in the summer of 1982. The band reformed in 1999, and released a new album in 2014.

History Edit

The Boys came together when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left the punk band London SS in September 1975 to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats keyboard player Casino Steel. Dangerfield’s art college friend, guitarist Honest John Plain, was recruited and in June 1976, two of Plain’s co-workers at a T-shirt printing company, bassist Duncan “Kid” Reid and drummer Jack Black, completed the line-up. Steel (ex-Hollywood Brats) and Dangerfield played in the London SS together. The band’s early recordings were made in a home recording studio which Dangerfield had set up in his rented basement apartment in Maida Vale.

The band played their first concert at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington, London in September 1976. Among the crowd were Mick Jones, Billy Idol, Tony James and Gene October. After a few concerts, The Boys signed to NEMS in January 1977, and were claimed to be at that time the only British punk band to have a record deal. However, The Damned had released New Rose in October 1976, and the Sex Pistols released Anarchy in the UK in November 1976.

Their first release was the single “I Don’t Care”, and in support of that release, they toured with John Cale of Velvet Underground. Their 16-track debut album, The Boys, was recorded in early May 1977, but commercial release was delayed until 9 September 1977. The album reached No. 50 in the UK Album Charts. A second single, “First Time” — with a theme of losing virginity — was released on 27 July 1977. As a result, John Peel invited The Boys to recorded a live session for his show, which became ‘Single Of The Week’ in Sounds magazine. The single was steadily climbing the chart, until August 1977.

The Boys released a second album on NEMS, titled Alternative Chartbusters, and toured in support of it with the Ramones. The Boys then signed with Safari in 1979, and two albums and five singles followed before the band broke up in the summer of 1981. Each Christmas, the group rearranged the “B” and the “Y” in their name and became The Yobs, releasing four singles and one album; 1980s Christmas Album. In this incarnation, the band members used the pseudonyms Noddy Oldfield, Ebenezer Polak, Kid Vicious and H. J. Bedwetter.

On 31 July and 1 August 1999, four out of five original members, along with Steve “Vom” Ritchie (replacing Jack Black on drums, who was busy with his own band) played concerts in Japan. In September 2000, this new lineup played at the ‘Holidays in the Sun Festival’ in Bilbao, Spain. Original drummer Jack Black made a guest appearance and filmed the concert. It was the first time in 18 years that the five original band members had been reunited on stage. In 2006, the band again performed concerts, including their first shows in London in 25 years. Following their reunion tour in London, one of the Boys’ early songs, “Jimmy Brown”, was released as a single in December 2008.

In June 2014 The Boys released their first new studio album since 1981, Punk Rock Menopause, on Wolverine Records.

The album featured the original founder members Matt Dangerfield, Casino Steel and Honest John Plain, and included 13 new songs bearing the band’s trademark style.

The Boys arrived in Shanghai, China, on 13 January 2015 to embark on a nine-date national tour to promote their new album “Punk Rock Menopause”, but found that the tour had been cancelled by the Chinese Ministry of Culture due to “crowd control and security issues”.

The ban came in the aftermath of the Shanghai stampede at a New Year celebration in which 36 people were killed a few weeks earlier.

The band set off on a cultural tour of China hosted by Shanghai-based punk band Round Eye. Along the way they played three underground gigs promoted by word of mouth, gave a number of interviews, were the subject of a one-hour documentary on top TV channel in Beijing, and recorded a live album – “Undercover – Live in China”, which was released by Action Records on 1 July 2015.

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Legacy Edit

The Boys achieved limited commercial success, but their music has influenced the development of other bands. German punk band Die Toten Hosen performed cover versions of their music regularly for more than a decade. They also recorded cover versions of some songs, namely “First Time” for their album Auf dem Kreuzzug ins Glück – 125 Jahre die Toten Hosen and “Brickfield Nights” for the cover album Learning English, Lesson One. On the rear of the cover of The Jam’s 1978 album All Mod Cons, the photograph of Paul Weller’s Rickenbacker 330 guitar carries a The Boys sticker.

In the late 1990s, Japanese band Thee Michelle Gun Elephant had a hit with a Boys cover. This prompted the re-release of several Boys albums, and more than 30,000 albums were sold in Japan alone. A Boys tribute album was also released featuring 13 bands from around the world. The Boys also influenced the cult power pop band The Exploding Hearts, who performed and recorded in the early 2000s.[citation needed]

Band members Edit

Present Edit
Matt Dangerfield – guitar, vocals
Casino Steel – organ, piano, vocals
Honest John Plain – guitar, vocals
Kent Norberg – bass, vocals
Martin H-Son – drums
Former Edit
Kid Reid – bass, vocals (1976–1981 & 1999-2011)
Jack Black – drums (1976–1981)
Discography as The Boys Edit

Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.

☆Albums Edit
The Boys – (1977)
Alternative Chartbusters – (1978)
To Hell with the Boys – (1979)
Boys Only – (1981)
Punk Rock Menopause – (2014)
Live albums Edit
Live at Roxy – (1990)
Powercut – Unplugged – (1996)
Live in Concert (1980 & 1977) (with The Vibrators) – (1993)
Undercover – Live in China – (2015)

☆Singles Edit
“I Don’t Care” / “Soda Pressing” – (1977)
“First Time” / “Watcha Gonna Do” / “Turning Grey” – (1977)
“Brickfield Nights” / “Teacher’s Pet” – (1978)
“Kamikaze” / “Bad Days” – (1979) No. 9
“Terminal Love” / “I Love Me” – (1980) No. 32
“You Better Move On” / “Schoolgirls” – (1980) No. 30
“Weekend” / “Cool” – (1980)
“Let It Rain” / “Lucy” – (1980)
“Svengerland” / “Only A Game” – (2002)
“Jimmy Brown” / “Walk My Dog” – (2008)
Compilations Edit
Odds and Sods – (1990)
The Boys/Alternative Chartbusters – (1993)
Best of the Boys – (1995)
Complete Punk Singles Collection – (1996)
No Thanks!: The 70s Punk Rebellion – (2003)

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