1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:18:13.05 0
Let me know if you have any on hand.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:22:04.41 0
Morning Musume – Manatsu no Kousen
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:24:18.58 0
It is true that people rarely talk about this one. How nostalgic. I mostly know only the singles from each group, so I’m especially hoping to learn about the album, coupling, and solo songs.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:26:01.10 0
°C-ute – Attakai Ude de Tsutsunde
13: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:32:44.41 0
I didn’t know this one. This is so damn good. Thanks.
71: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:10:23.49 0
No good… You’re going to make me catch Tsunku♂ fever again.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:30:46.46 0
Berryz Koubou have a lot of great B-sides and album tracks.
27: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:47:35.90 0
This is great. Nacchi and Gomaki singing a Taishisu song — how perfect is that?
33: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:50:15.45 0
Man, the wota around this era sure were full of energy.
25: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:46:31.06 0
There are a lot of great early B-sides. I was happy when Oda Sakura sang Tatoeba live.
32: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:50:09.78 0
Try listening to H!P playlists on YouTube. You’ll hear lots of new songs that way. It’s how I first heard Tatoeba.
49: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:01:11.88 0
Tatoeba is Daite HOLD ON ME!’s B-side. Another good one is Summer Night’s B-side, A MEMORY OF SUMMER ’98.
204: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 16:20:11.96 0
A MEMORY OF SUMMER ’98 is nice. Tatoeba, Wasurerannai, Koi no Shihatsu Ressha, 21seiki… I love those early Musume B-sides. So many of them are just brimming with emotion.
175: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 13:47:42.77 0
I love how Tatoeba now gets the recognition it deserves. Tatoeba, Yowamushi… I love all those “depressed OL” songs.
170: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 13:43:12.71 0
“Minor”… well, I guess you could use that term for Nakazawa-neesan’s post-graduation singles. I really quite like them.
176: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 13:48:33.45 0
If they were to ever cover Nakazawa’s songs, I’d want Kanatomo to do it. The type of her voice — while not necessarily sounding like Nakazawa’s — definitely has the same kind of feel to it.
36: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:51:23.26 0
Mano-chan actually has a lot of great songs, too. I’d graduated from being an H!P wota when I first heard about her, and I knew she wasn’t produced by Tsunku, so I didn’t take note of any of those songs of hers back then.
38: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:52:53.34 0
I’m a new fan. Give me more stuff to listen to. I’m listening to all these songs on YouTube and I can’t get enough.
43: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:56:04.30 0
I like the melancholy of Aa!’s Masayume.
50: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:01:30.72 0
My personal favorite, Purple Wind, always goes ignored even in threads like this one.
217: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 17:26:48.78 0
I like it. I like melodies that are a little bit sad like in that one.
75: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:11:42.97 0
Musume’s 3.2.1 isn’t really that minor, right? Still, that song was wasted as a B-side.
77: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:13:27.22 0
I’m a newbie H!P fan. While Buono!’s JUICY HE@RT has a music video, it’s still a B-side, right? I first learned about Buono! and Airi through listening to this song. The tune is cool, but I especially like the lyrics.
56: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:03:00.56 0
If you’ve liked a couple of Buono! songs, you should just go ahead and listen to all of them.
190: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 14:21:26.95 0
It’s not really minor, but: Crying by the Kenshuusei. I had no interest in the Kenshuusei before, yet I still thought it was amazing.
192: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 14:40:27.08 0
The Kenshuusei album might be the last one ever to be fully composed, written and produced by Tsunku…
41: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 11:55:43.52 0
While you can’t really call it a “minor” song per se… S/mileage’s Crème Brûlée.
91: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:21:20.61 0
Tanpopo’s A Rainy Day. Packaged on a release together with their representative self-titled song, this song changed the entire image of the previously adult-like Tanpopo.
233: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 18:21:24.57 0
Now that’s what I call a hidden gem.
I love it.
95: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:24:14.25 0
1st generation Tanpopo was great. Songs like ONE STEP and stuff…
130: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:58:58.08 0
Kioku no Meiro. I checked this song out after Sato said she likes it and I got hooked.
133: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 13:02:05.46 0
One song that’s always mentioned in threads like this is Country Asami’s solo, Kataomoi wa Hot Milk. If they had Chii singing it, I bet lots more people would come to love that song.
144: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 13:18:57.73 0
Just how many thousands of songs has Terada written?
268: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 21:04:47.65 0
I liked Melon’s post-H!P, rock style. But instead, I’ll post a song from their H!P-era.
193: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 14:59:18.97 0
Onegai Nail (Heike Michiyo & Morning Musume). It’s so unknown, I couldn’t even find it on YouTube. It’s only on the soundtrack CD of the movie Morning Keiji.
203: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 16:11:21.75 0
Mikitty’s Cake Yamemashita. It’s a Bon Jovi-type hard rock song. Recommended listening for rock fans.
250: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 19:42:11.92 0
Ayaya’s From That Sky ~Kaedama wa Katamen de~. Another song that’s just full-on Bon Jovi.
246: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 19:37:43.40 0
YES! Shiawase. °C’s poppy cover of it is nice, but T&C Bomber’s original really hits home with me.
252: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 19:54:44.65 0
I’ll try to introduce a couple of songs that are true to the thread title. Iida Kaorin’s solo songs Watashi no Naka ni Ite and 3nichi Okure no Christmas Card. They’re both great songs, but they’re so minor they’re not even on YouTube.
270: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 21:17:42.08 0
Chikyuu to Tsuki, Kare to Watashi. Ongaku Gatas’ Ishikawa, Konno, Sengoku, Sawada. Lyrics by Makoto, music by Tsunku♂. Ongaku Gatas’ album was great.
221: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 17:33:06.20 0
Dekiru Onna. It sounds like an old Southern All-Stars album track. I love it. I’ve never seen anyone mention it in threads like this.
112: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:38:21.83 0
262: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 20:44:54.65 0
A thread where we dig up those old treasures left behind by Terada.
54: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:02:15.02 0
Nowadays it’s all triple A-side singles. We don’t get those amazing coupling songs anymore.
61: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:05:07.51 0
Yeah. There are things you can experiment with exactly because it’s the B-side.
208: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 16:47:13.38 0
Could they just stop with the triple A-side business already? I loved having a song like Sono Bamen de Bibiccha Ikenai Jan! be the B-side to Resonant Blue.
209: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 16:50:24.02 0
What I’d like them to do is what they did with °C-ute’s Tokai no Hitorigurashi: two A-sides and two B-sides.
214: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 17:15:04.32 0
I’m not really familiar with °C-ute so I had to look it up. I didn’t know they did that. Two A-sides and two B-sides would feel refreshing. It’d be a pretty good deal for the buyer, too.
220: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 17:33:03.21 0
I, too, dislike the triple A-side thing. Songs like A B C D become popular because they’re B-sides. It really is sad that we won’t get songs like that anymore.
81: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:14:57.79 0
Reading through threads like these, I can’t help but think about how shitty this current triple A-side strategy is.
86: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 12:18:10.11 0
I miss having that one weird Terada song on each single. Nowadays, the office’s thinking is “at least this way they’ll like one of the songs.” What a load of crap.
215: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/05/14(土) 17:18:25.52 0
Tsunku himself is a big fan of many artists, and that’s why there were so many great hidden gems on their past releases. I think he saw the value in B-sides. He, too, thought they were very important. But right now the music industry itself is going down the drain, so I guess they just can’t take risks like that anymore.
“Certain songs might be considered worthless as singles,
but invaluable as album or live songs.”
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:14:53.46 0
— つんく♂ (@tsunkuboy) June 10, 2016
“There are certain songs that people might call weak if they were released as singles, but which instead become invaluable when they’re released on an album or when they’re performed live. I really feel like there is meaning in writing songs like that, too.”
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:17:32.06 0
Yep. A common occurrence when it comes to H!P.
16: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:20:21.09 0
The triple A-side thing really is so harmful. It’d be so good if they just wrote everything aside from the lead track freely — as B-sides.
17: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:20:35.88 0
Not only are they all A-sides with no B-sides — now they won’t even release albums anymore.
19: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:21:17.70 0
I get where you guys are coming from, but I personally just like singles that are chock-full of the songwriters’ A-game.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:15:26.92 0
Songs like Ame Fura.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:17:03.31 0
Ame Fura was originally written as a single.
26: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:22:51.51 0
I think it’s songs like Be Alive they should actually be releasing as singles.
32: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:25:17.83 0
Say Yeah! ~Motto Miracle Night~ was definitely single-level quality. Had they released it as a single back then, it would’ve gone on to become a near-million seller like Renai Revolution or Happy Summer.
30: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:24:39.34 0
Ever since they started with the triple A-side thing, the setlists on tours and Hello Con have really worsened. I hope they stop before it’s too late.
34: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:26:29.08 0
I agree with him 100%. When it comes to Tsunku, rather than the singles he goes all-in with, I personally prefer the album and coupling songs that sound like he half-assed them; like he was picking a booger out his nose or something as he wrote them.
39: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:28:06.05 0
Agreed. Most of my favorite songs by him are the ones he wrote with complete freedom as album tracks.
48: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:30:35.82 0
Terada: “Here, I brought you the single you requested!”
Office: “Oh… Hmm… Okay… Well, we’ll just set this aside for an eventual album release for now.”
62: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:33:11.92 0
Get back to releasing an album a year already.
100: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:45:39.76 0
At one point they were doing different editions of singles that each had different coupling songs — plural. It was like they were releasing a mini-album with every single. It must’ve been too big of a challenge to release an album back then. Now I feel like they might be getting close to releasing another original album soon.
106: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:47:12.24 0
But nowadays all their singles are triple A-sides — any album they release would just be a kind of a best-of.
65: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:34:59.86 0
The albums Tsunku♂ had complete freedom in making were Matsuura’s debut, the early albums of Berryz and S/mileage, and the Kenshuusei album.
155: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 12:23:15.48 0
I got goosebumps the first time I heard Makeru na Wasshoi on YouTube. I just went, “What is this?! This fun, joke-sounding song…?!?!? This is just off-the-wall crazy! (laughs) Oh crap! (laughs)“
67: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:35:29.37 0
A song like The Vision would’ve been thought of as an amazing song had it been released as an album track. They had to give parts to each member since it’s a single, but I feel like it would’ve worked better as a song for a limited number of members instead.
153: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 12:22:53.92 0
Tsunku is all about tracks like Midnight Temptation — these amazing songs that are well-known only to those “in the know” that get everyone super fired-up.
93: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:42:52.30 0
They should stop with the triple A-sides.
57: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/10(金) 11:32:39.27 0
Write us an album, Tsunku.
Source: http://matomeldo.doorblog.jp/archives/48603783.html, http://matomeldo.doorblog.jp/archives/48813819.html
“But nowadays all their singles are triple A-sides — any album they release would just be a kind of a best-of.”
I think C-ute and Juice=Juice’s latest albums show there’s still a lot of room for new songs even when compiling so many multi-A-sides. Heck, even the S/mileage / ANGERME Best album had 6 new songs spread across editions.
I think UF strategy now is cramping every other “B-side” songs into an album. Forcing us to buy the album if we want something “different” from said groups.
Pros: more awesomeness assurance for each album song. H!P albums in the recent years multiple A-sides, contains less boring and forgettable album tracks.
Cons: less variations, since “B-sides” triggered Tsunku or any collaborating music producers to create more songs.
But see, now you’re making the assumption that “album tracks = forgettable”. Which is something that I (and the the people in the 2ch thread) don’t agree with. And like people said in the thread: an album with just A-sides is not really an “album” at all. It’s just a best of.
I didn’t said anything about “best of” albums. So please, don’t you make any assumption about it. In fact, I didn’t made or try to make any assumption. Don’t bring those cancerous “assumption” and “speculation” to here, please.
67 said exactly what I was thinking reading that tweet from Tsunku. The Vision would have definitely been better off as an album track. Just watching the MV for that song feels weird, since they’re applying the standard MV fare for a song that doesn’t have the power of a single.
Exactly. And though you phrased it kind of weird (“doesn’t have the _power_ of a single”), really everyone with half a brain can realize that whether a song is single material or not has nothing to do with whether a song is GOOD or not. Some songs just ARE singles and some aren’t. Dekiru Onna, KoiING, Sono bamen de bibiccha ikenai jan!, Yowamushi, Tomo… These were all B-sides. Does that mean they were shitty songs? That they were lacking? No, it does not. They were fucking awesome songs. But they were never meant to be singles. That’s all.
Singles are songs chosen because they are easily marketable, not because they will be remembered. It’s frustrating when people equate marketability with goodness, especially since so many overseas fans start to listen to J-pop and idol pop because it’s niche-y.
Gosh, now I want to make a list of my own. I started, but it got too long too fast. I may actually end up blogging again.
For now, props to the folks who named Koi no Shihatsu Ressha and Manatsu no Kousen. It’s sad that old A-sides count as obscure now.
I gonna start listening to b-sides…
Well anyways, for non-music fans like me, apart from the cute girls, I get into the song because of the MV too. Had Vision been a b-side, I might not have ever bothered to look it up just like all other b-sides. Ai no Gundan too was so good, I could’t have cared less if I have not seen its dance shot.
I don’t disagree with you guys here, but it’s true that music industry is down the drain and no matter how much I say “I love H!P because of the quality so on”, I will still value its looks more than its sound (anyways they originally sounded weird to my taste had it been not for the cute girls that I adapted over time). And their idols, the music quality just come as a bonus or second.
I always say : A-sides are for the public, B-sides and album tracks are for the fans.
As an example, Seishun Oodoori (14th BK single B-side) is an almost-perfect song for me.
Morning Musume’s “WHY” is insane. I wonder if Tsunku remembers writing it.
I love threads like this. I also miss the b-sides.
I don’t understand this sentiment against double/triple A-sides…I mean, wouldn’t it be a good thing that the “secondary” songs get more promotion and spotlight? Especially if one prefers the secondary song to the main one: for example, despite all the hype for “Utakata” I actually thought “The Vision” and especially “Tokyo to iu Katasumi” to be better songs and am glad they got A-level promotion (I actually thought “Tokyo” was the main song for the single at first, and I wish it had been). There are a lot of songs that took me a while to find and get into because they weren’t pushed as much due to B-side status.
Then again, I suppose the novelty of “hidden gem” status might be part of the appeal for y’all.
But from a practical standpoint, there would definitely be one good thing about going back to B-sides: it could help ease the workload for everyone in the company with one less video and photo session to shoot and finance, one less song to promote on TV, et cetera…especially when you consider how some idols might be getting injured or otherwise breaking down from stress (see Chel, Chisato, Manakan) under their already busy schedules.
I think the point is (in a nutshell) that singles have to be catchy. B-sides don’t. With triple A-sides, you don’t have B-sides anymore. That means we now *only* get the catchy, single-oriented songs and none of the more experimental or “weird” songs. That’s what I miss.
But there’s nothing stopping them from being “experimental” with an A-level song if there are multiple A-sides on a single, and especially since these singles can still rely on one song being the “lead” song (such as “Utakata”).
In fact, I’d argue they’ve been doing this already: “One and Only” was a risky move being an all-English song for a primarily Japanese market (us foreigners are still a small percentage of the overall fanbase), and then we have “Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” and “The Vision”, somber midtempo songs that contrast with the speedy and intense expectations of traditional lead songs.
The first song on the single already serves as the traditional A-side role and relegates the other songs to secondary status. Instead of asking for the traditional A/B format to return, I’d rather ask for more experimentation and variety in general given the increased number of songs promoted per single. The A/B labelling is an outdated concept anyway, remaining from the days of double-sided physical media.
Yes, you can be experimental with the A-sides too. But I don’t think you get my point. It’s simply not realistic that we’d ever get an A-side like (to list some B-sides from the thread): A MEMORY OF SUMMER ’98, Attakai Ude de Tsutsunde, Tatoeba, Purple Wind, A Rainy Day, Dekiru Onna… It’s just not going to happen.
A third of that list, though, are pre-2000 songs of a style that hadn’t been heard for a long time anyway, and another third are album songs. I don’t think they’re as strict with A’s as you seem to. I mean, they made a tertiary A-side out of a Morning Musume enka song.
This is an old thread, but I’ll add to this mini-sequence of discourse
The reason why we had weird A-tracks (One and Only, Mikaeri Bijin) was because there was an -event- of sorts that they were promoting
One and Only was due to them planning a trip to Houston since they had a member who could speak English. Mikaeri Bijin was paying respects to Sayu who was leaving with the longest tenure, and is a fan of slow songs in general.
But no, other than that, the A-tracks -still- follow the same formula. And several are basically the same song, with slight variances for the sake of making it different (mainly in tone and sound). There really is no true “weird” songs or even questionable choices.
Like, the song writers create songs in general – the songs are later assigned to a group – and then it’s worked to match said-group’s sounds. Some are made exclusively for the group, while some you can tell from the first note that it wasn’t (eg Juice=Juice’s next single has a song that was clearly wtf C-ute would’ve released).
What I mean with that tho, is this means they must make every. single. song. A-track-quality. Songs that count as “abstract” – especially sounds not already commonly released by the group – don’t go to them, and go elsewhere within the company.
Can they experiment?
Sure, but it’s gotta resemble their already released stuff.
Can they experiment beyond that?
Sure, but it’s gotta be for a special occasion (eg Morning Misoshiru, Get You!!)
We’ve truly yet to see them *EXPERIMENT* with an A-side track.
And that was something they most commonly did with their B-tracks.
So for that, I most certainly would prefer them releasing different B-tracks per version at the expense of more often released albums. We’d still get roughly the same amount of songs released in the end, and fans of various understandings will be able to enjoy it without H!P losing anything.
And then we can go back to pointless “THEY SHOULD’VE MADE THIS THE A-TRACK INSTEAD” declarations. Which was, and forever will be, ridiculous ways of expressing they preferred its B-track more.
I’m pretty much with you. It seems to me like with the current way we’re only missing out on the really minor stuff. The “cover an old song and put it exclusively on one of six editions” stuff.
I miss the b-side songs, some of those were good enough to be A-sides… Ones like 3,2,1 Breakin Out and Namidachhi are two of my favorites
Umbrella ~ Tanpopo#
or any of those newly remade shuffle units back in 2010!
MM ~ Funwari Koibito Ichinensei/Watashi no Dekkai Hana
C-ute ~ Bagel w Ham & Cheese/ Go! Go! Go!/The Party
Tanpopo – Sentimental Minami Muki (and don’t even really like Yaguchi…but I do like Tsunku and disco)
Morning Musume – Indigo Blue Love
Goto Maki – Date Chuuihou
Taiyou to Ciscomoon – Hey Mahiru no Shinkirou