An Illustrated History

The Beach Boys. Village People. Basement Jaxx. Spice Girls. The Go-Go's. Stereolab. David Bowie. Joan Jett. Dexy's Midnight Runners. The Dixie Cups. The Plastics. Deee-Lite. Charo. They're all referen

The Beach Boys. Village People. Basement Jaxx. Spice Girls. The Go-Go's. Stereolab. David Bowie. Joan Jett. Dexy's Midnight Runners. The Dixie Cups. The Plastics. Deee-Lite. Charo. They're all referenced, in one way or another (sometimes in the same track), on An Illustrated History, the second Stateside release (following last year's Spike) from Japan's multi-million-selling girl duo Puffy AmiYumi. Known simply as Puffy back home (a certain American hip-hop star convinced the twosome to lengthen its name for the U.S.), AmiYumi—short for Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura—is responsible for frothy, playful J-pop. An Illustrated History is the perfect primer for novices of the land of Puffy AmiYumi, as it contains past hits, misses, and a couple of remixes. Tracks to explore include the bubbly "True Asia"/"Asia

No Junshin," the Rio-fueled "Sign of Love"/"Ai No Shirushi," and the jangly "Love So Pure" (produced by former Jellyfish drummer Andy Sturmer). Don't even think of overlooking a

track like "Electric Beach Fever," which sounds like a long-lost treasure from The Love Boat or a Club Med discothèque. Color Puffy AmiYumi two girls who want to have fun.—MP