Sunday, September 12, 2010

Omnimedia Jero

Keeping up with Perry High School (and Pitt) grad Jero; just one more of those native Pittsburghers who have become Japanese cultural icons. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfNrOMmqpr0)

2 Comments:

Blogger joe said...

I do believe Jero has cracked the system over there.

That's just sublime. Seriously Pittsurgh blogosphere, let's take up a collection to run one of those on Pittsburgh TV during a Steelers game.

But which one?

Pittsburgh natives in Steelers bars around the world should show it to their nacho neighbors on their phones....

Jero's wikipedia entry has this...

"Enka, a product of the late 1940s, is often viewed today by the music industry as commercially obsolete. Indeed, there is hope for Enka yet as Jero’s fanbase is not limited to older women who grew up with the genre but also a new and emerging younger fanbase who before would never have been thought of as potential fans for the genre.

"Jero’s devotion to the memory of his grandmother and his image as a well educated individual has helped him to win over the hearts of older fans, while younger fans are drawn to him and his music because of the way he has revitalized the genre by blending it with a dash of hip hop."

There is an out of time quality to Jero's music that makes me wonder if maybe Jero and the Smiles for All soup people can sponsor the local history museum to create a Pittsburgh version of this.

Almost looks like Jero walking the streets of London there...

Sunday, September 12, 2010 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

sublime is an awfully good word.. it is pretty amazing on a lot of levels.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:57:00 PM  

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