This is all the Okada Yukiko albums I can find with mediafire links. Below is every album except for Okurimono 1 & 3. You may have to upload the tracklists and album art yourself. Starting at top left the links follow clockwise. Enjoy.
For anyone who is interested, this is Yukiko Okada, who our shirt design was based off of, and I think her music is especially important, not only within the realm of silver age idol music, but as a study of idol music in itself and the implications of one engaging themselves in the business of that industry.
An industry where women have to remain eternal and to continue to shine on in the hearts of young men who cannot obtain a girlfriend, so they can project their own fantasies (either sexual or just platonic, but sometimes both or possibly even neither) on their idol. Where idols have to remain pure and good in their heart as to also inspire young women to be good themselves and to look at themselves in the mirror and realize that they also have the potential to become something better as long as they believe and put in hard work.
It almost dwindles down to the basic question of how far do you want to go to achieve your dreams. To have your voice be heard by and inspire millions but simultaneously be unable to achieve your own very teenage desires, that ironically, you sing about during your career (i.e. simple themes of highschool romance, etc.), or to simply not have that career at all and be able to pursue a life of simplicity.
And for these reasons, Yukiko Okada’s situation is of course very tragic, because her death, she truly is the “eternal idol.” One whose music will last forever, but will also be a constant reminder of the hardships of not only what it is to be an idol, but a human in general who remains conflicted about what they want, and who can’t be satisfied because the twisted confinements of society and image, and that for some, only peace can be achieved by exiting this world.
She is very important to me for Zoom Lens because of those reasons and I believe her image goes beyond representing just a simple moment in music, it represents a tragedy of the human spirit.
But all of that aside, my favorite album by her may have to be her first, Cinderella. It also includes one of my favorite songs, 丘の上のハイスクール. To many that may not be the first song they think of when they think of Yukko, but it is just full of innocence and wonder. Perhaps I enjoy because it is not the most memorable. It simply represents a simple theme of high school puppy love. It represents a sort of teenage carelessness that is endearing and beautiful, despite the inevitable pain that is to come with it.