The Dark Age of Idols —
A Time of Individual Refinement…
And Their Destination of Arrival
— It feels like a lot of the Platinum Era songs were tragic love stories. Was that your image of the members at the time?
Tsunku♂: No. That was just as per the office’s orders to me.
— “SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~” was the first song in a while where you actually changed the choreography as you had done previously with “LOVE Machine.” The whole “ai~n” thing… (laughs)
Tsunku♂: It didn’t look quite like that when I first came up with it, but when the members themselves did it, that’s what it became. (laughs) Well, it’s still good as it is.
— The members all looked to be having so much fun in that music video, too. It feels like a lot of the songs from that era were dominated by Fujimoto’s voice.
Tsunku♂: That could be. Fujimoto’s voice was the closest to all the idols from the 70’s and the 80’s, or the good era of J-pop kayou kyoku. She was a strange girl in that when we were in recording, once every ten takes she’d give us a miracle. “Ooh! Great job on that verse! Could we get another take like that one, please?” And then when she’d sing it again, we’d be getting something completely different instead. (laughs) “Huh? What’s wrong?” But the one miraculous take she’d give us would always be something we could use. She was actually very bad with rhythm, and yet, sometimes she’d be spot-on. It really was strange recording with her.
— Fujimoto had the image of being a flawless singer though.
Tsunku♂: That’s the miracle of recording technology for you. (laughs) Still, Fujimoto really did have a great voice, and moreover her singing was expressive. You can really hear it. And that’s great. In contrast, Matsuura had a flawless sense of rhythm, but her singing could at times sound dispassionate. But she, too, was a great talent and she was pleasant to listen to. I used to think how nice it’d be if I could find someone who was right in the middle of those two in terms of their abilities. But then it was also because they were so contrasting that they got along so well, and it could be why the unit they did together was so fun.