Goats. Sex. Harajuku Girls.

Right now Gwen Stefani’s Wind It Up single is number seven on the Billboard’s Top Ten.
 Japanophilia of Gwen Stefani - Harajuku Girls
So I figure it’s about time for more Japanophilia of Gwen Stefani (covered before on the 3Yen in World tour with geisha arm-candy).

Here’s Stefani’s music video for Wind It Up with the “Harjuku Girls” as wind-up toys for Stefani yodelling a mash-up of the Lonely Goatherd song.


From Gwen Stefani’s official website FAQ…

Q: Are the Harajuku girls going to be a part of the next tour or are they retired?
A: The Harajuku Girls are absolutely a part of this new tour. You might have seen them in the new video, “Wind It Up,” but you didn’t recognize them with their new blond hair. Their dancing is wicked. Check’em out winding it up.

I think that the stand-up comic, Margaret Cho, put it best when she labeled the Harajuku Girls as a “minstrel show.” Mihi Ahn has also had a few choice words about them too at Salon.com.

Wind it up
Wind it up, uh, uh, uh, uh
Yodellay, yodallay, yodal-HO

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7 thoughts on “Goats. Sex. Harajuku Girls.”

  1. Worst. Lyrics. EVER! I saw a recent picture of Gwen’s new look and thought “what horrid new fad music is she creating now?” Now I sadly know. I thought she was done with these girls. They have become nothing more than a tool to her. It’s so disrespectful.

  2. Nathan wrote:
    >I thought she was done with these girls.

    Well at least the Harajuku Girls no longer have have to play “geisha’ and schoolgirls. Saaaa.

  3. What a terrible noise. Crap lyrics, crap dancing, crap style. This is why I only listen to old stuff.


    For context…

    From the mind of superstar Gwen Stefani comes the new cartoon show Kuu Kuu Harajuku! Meet Love, Angel, Music, Baby, and G — part of the super cool band HJ5. They love to sing, dance, and save the world from space aliens

    Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Gwen Stefani’s Profitable History of Exploiting Japan
    Stefani is executive-producing a new animated show, Kuu Kuu Harajuku, for Nickelodeon. Much like her fashion line and fragrances, it selectively borrows from authentic Harajuku fashion and Tokyo street culture. Unsurprisingly, the show also doesn’t seem to have any official Japanese showrunners at its helm either, and all but one player—Filipino-Australian actress Charlotte Nicdao
    with Kuu Kuu Harajuku, how exactly is the real Harajuku appreciated? From the Bratz doll-like character designs to the giant stomping pandas and colorfully-chaotic backgrounds, this is not Japan, but a culturally-empty, messily regurgitated Westernization of it.
    More Waaambulance…

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