After Ayaya’s CD Data cover which I posted a few days ago the next H!P appearance occurred in the March 5th, 2002 issue where Momusu was promoting their “Souda! We’re Alive” single. This issue featured a 5 page article on Momusu and also included a pull out poster. The poster remains attached to the magazine but if I had a lot of wall space perhaps all of these CD Data posters would be covering the walls.
This is really one of the great lineups that the group has had as youth meets original members Nacchi and Kaorin. “Souda! We’re Alive” sold an impressive 443,630 copies.
I took a picture of the first 2 pages of their feature instead of scanning it as I have no idea how to attach 2 images together seamlessly. 😛
As early as this release was for Gen. 5 I really think this single began to shine the spotlight on Aichan. The PV for this single was shot with a wonderfully bright high contrast look and Aichan was given solo lines as well as some up front and center attention in this PV. You can really begin to see her star shine and I love the look that they gave her in this video.
“Souda! We’re Alive” also marks the debut of something quite wonderful and unique to H!P as it was the first Momusu single to have an accompanying DVD single PV release albeit it being released over a month and a half after the single was released. This may have been a way for them to test the market for such a release as it “only” runs approximately 11 minutes (as compared to the 25-30 minutes that Momusu & Berryz Koubou’s PV DVD releases run today) but from the very start the “making of” feature was already in place. If you buy J-Pop releases from other artists you really realize just how special these “making of” features are and how generously long they are as well. Some older H!P PVs sometimes seem to have been created utilizing bigger budgets and with that came greater creativity as compared to some of the recent PVs that they’ve shot. “Souda! We’re Alive” is a pretty good example of this and I’ll never grow tired of watching it!
Tsunku was in a real creative mood when he wrote this song no doubt, as it’s almost like there are 3 different songs in here! I remember the first time I listened to it thinking what a strange song it was but at the same time how well composed it is. From its powerful opening to its funky verses & pre chorus which build up to one of my all time favorite Momusu choruses which hooks perfectly. The sound of this recording is also dymanic with an almost live feel to it and I absolutely love the way the bass and drums were recorded! But that sweet chorus is such a contrast to the rest of the song and that’s really what makes it such an odd and unexpected “twist” which works so well here. The increase in tempo of the “line dance” portion of the song which occurs during the break is brilliant as well!
The first pressing of the single included a nice sticker sheet which amuses me every time I look at it for 2 reasons: This sticker sheet is labeled as “super special” and “limitted” is spelled with 2 “t’s.” :O