If You Wrote a Mega-Successful Pop Song, Would You Spend Your Money on…Caves?

Chances are that unless you’re familiar with the Japanese music scene, you’ve never heard of Neko Oikawa, the lyricist for a song called “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” by Evangelion.

And now, the English translation, just for context.

This track is has become a huge singalong favourite, especially in Japanese karaoke bars, which had generated millions of dollars in royalties for for Neko. So what has she done with a chunk of that money? Bought some caves, of course. In Turkey. As one does.

Brent points us to this revelation at RocketNews24.

When the MC asked her what she does with all of her money, viewers who thought the famous lyricist would be living extravagantly were taken aback to learn that Oikawa’s bank account balance last month was only 100,000 yen (US$830). Apparently, her former husband recently spent approximately 300 million yen buying a cave in Cappadocia, a historical region in Turkey known for its abundance of geological “fairy chimneys” and ancient rock dwellings. A cruel angel’s thesis, indeed!

Read more. Maybe should could offer some of these caves to Syrian refugees–at least as temporary shelter,


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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