City Pop celebrates the Manhattan skyline
The iconic skyline that outlines New York City against the horizon lost one of its tall standing monoliths on a breezy and seemingly perfect day 16 years ago. The World Trade Center was an influential piece of architecture being able to draw people into the wonderland that New York City appeared from across the oceans and around the world. City Pop, a genre of Japanese pop music that gained popularity from the late 70's and well into the 80's, was influenced by two things: west-coast surf lifestyle and New York City's metropolitan life. The genre has produced countless groovy and soulful tunes by the likes of Toshiki Kadomatsu, Tatsuro Yamashita, and Casiopea. In addition of being influenced by American and western artist, the imagery that City Pop produced were the beaches of California and the New York City skyline. Here are a few reminders of the beautiful building that gave City Pop its life, inspiration, and name.