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Friday 5: The 5 Jams You Recommend To Babymetal Fans (And Haters)?

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Today let’s bring up Babymetal again, don’t hate me!

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THE FIVE

What five jams do you recommend to fans — and non-fans — of Babymetal?  

THE LISTER

Anso DFMetalSucks senior editor

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1. “Ruby Eyes” by Tommy Heavenly6
from Tommy Ice Cream Heaven Forever
2013

Babymetal is good at/for metal, but maybe they’re not your vibe. What you prefer is the nuclear-grade pop from Japan that’s more like Avril Lavigne and Garbage. Something with a more crooked mix, possibly? Slightly less branding? Then here’s Tommy Heavenly6, which a side project’s side project. That right off might illustrate its battiness. 

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2. “Big Mouth” by Missile Girl Scoot
from Fiesta!
1999

Or maybe you’ve devoured Babymetal happily and now eagerly await their next album. Also, you feel like it wouldn’t kill them to make it sound like a really awesome, super-dorky version of 311.

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3. “Invisible Tomorrow” by Puffy AmiYumi
from Nice
2003

The music and members of Puffy Ami Yumi are lovable. Think of two girls you know from karaoke night getting famous in a well-funded genre-hopping rock band — that’s kinda their level of relatability. It’s weird cuz their bittersweet songs make you verklempt (duh), but so do their big euphoric ragers like “Invisible Tomorrow” (above) and “Sunrise.” Sniff. Talk amongst yourselves.

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4. “口笛吹くのはもうやめた” by Hi-Posi
1999

Your fingers may be crossed in hope that a member of Babymetal someday becomes an adult solo artist, all wine-drunk, faux Euro, and nauseously fashionable. But still heavy and awesome. 

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5. “Kremlin Dusk” by Utada Hikaru
from Exodus
2004

This Friday 5 is running free, just pumping jams of similar potency to Babymetal’s spastic death metal wherever we find them. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for partying and congratulations on your immunity to shrill, nasally vocals. Speaking of vocals: What would happen if Babymetal turned down the amps, cranked up the voice of their main singer, and fed her lyrics that were ripped from the diary of a sophomore at Rutgers? And what if that singer were Earth’s best? And how would it sound if a mega-drummer from The Mars Volta played drums?

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Happy Friday! Your turn :)

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