When I was in middle school, I was introduced to the world of music subscription services like Columbia House or BMG Music. Scamming every pre-teen kid with their famous "8 CDs for 1¢!", I quickly made my often terrible but sometimes incredible selections and counted down the days when I would get my music delivered so I could spend hours in my room listening to bands on my AIWA 3-disc stereo until my mom told me to come out and have dinner.
Forever in search of new music to pull me out of a Spotify and/or iTunes rut, I discovered this incredible mix of rare and experimental Japanese pop songs from the 80s. And that same kind of giddiness that came with slicing through that first shrink-wrapped CD went through me. If that isn't enough to pique your interest, I have no idea what is. The best part of this mix is that it's free to download. Have a listen here, won't you?