Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kleenex: It's A Fine Day

In light of the modern world's current obsession with up-to-the-second information, we're asking for a late pass on this one, if one is indeed necessary.

The haunting video above was posted a week ago (seems like ages, right?) over at incredulous upstart blog WTF Japan Seriously!? Actress Keiko Matsuzaka (松坂慶子) appears in a pair of 1985 television commercials for Kleenex tissue seated alongside some red demon child (赤鬼の子, akaoni no ko) with an affinity for soft, soaring paper products.

As the a cappella here sounds and feels very much like a lullaby that doesn't really have a happy ending ("Rock-a-bye Baby", anyone?), ironically it's been sampled in numerous dance/trance "anthems" since the early 90s. Originally, however, the song was recorded by English folk duo Jane And Barton for their 1983 single "It's A Fine Day".

What this has to do with tissues, though, I have no idea.

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