Happy Aloha Friday~♥!~!
Tonight I thought we’d jump into Hello! Project’s hot tub time machine and head back for some fond memories including a revisit to an old Utaban episode where Gomaki is the solo guest along with a pretty old H!P digital photo book presentation as well as watch a couple of Gomaki J~Oldies but Goodies ^^.
Psssst! Derek this one’s for you~♥! Some wonderfully catchy songs here for your Friday evening because I worry that your H!P dietary intake may be dangerously low and possibly because you may have missed their golden years …no way I would recommend a bad song now would I ^^.
H!P Digital Photo Book #27:
Of course you all know of Hello! Project’s knack for taking shashinshuu off-shots and giving them an online digital life all their own in the form of their now very long running series of digital photo books. A fun and economical means of sharing what would otherwise be unseen photographs all the while making just a marginal profit on them =).
Digital photo book #27 features a trio of original Momusu members of the fab~five including Yuko, Nacchi & Kaorin! (sigh*….) seishun indeed~!~! And by volume 3 Nacchi’s channeling her joyfulness of being Nacchi~♥ ^^*. And why are they members of the fab~generation you may ask? Well one need not look any further than Momusu’s debut album “First Time” as without question it represents Tsunku’s most intricate harmonies and vocal arrangements and just how he layered and directed their vocals back then speaks unmatched volumes of just how vocally groomed the then eight member group had become ….of course “Second Morning”, vocally is no slouch either ^^.
~Utaban September 4th, 2003
FEAT. guest Gomaki~
As always Utaban hosts Taka-san and Nakai-kun really know how to bring the banter to the table no holds barred style!! And it says a whole lot when Yasuda Kei (Keme-chan) isn’t even present on set and pretty much the entire talk segment centers around her very existence in this world =P! You may remember this Gomaki movie which becomes the center of attention here and how after Kei really boasts it up….. her actual screen time is um ….well yeah it’s not so good xD! In any case you always remember your very first time (acting) and so let the banter begin….!
~ A couple of favorite
While watching the Utaban talk-clip just above did you notice what song was playing in the background while they were highlighting Gomaki’s acting in the movie? It was none other than what I consider to be one of her very BEST single title tracks!! “Scramble”’s PV DVD single was released way back on June 18th, 2003, yup recall how H!P revolutionized the whole PV DVD single era as they’d either coincide with their counterpart CD releases or on other instances would be released two weeks after the CDs release date. And the latter would absolutely drive me bonkers xD!! as I would so want to have both in hand at the same time however with the two week delay those PVs would just have to wait not to mention be ordered entirely separately from their “accompanying” DVD counterparts =/! Well luckily~* everything these days comes packaged altogether although these days has also ushered in the most expensive age of needing to purchase multiple single versions just to complete a “single” single release =P.
~Gotou Maki “Scramble” (pv)~
So here’s the original version pv for “Scramble” in all of its instant hit Tsunku~nized hooks galore J~Pop perfection~*! Really one of his finest melodies which oozes the musical version of hook~line~and~ sinker ^^*. The dance choreography is also one of my most favorite from H!P!~! It really breathes an extra umph! into the song’s melody if that makes any sense at all to you =P.
~Gotou Maki “Sans Toi Mamie” (pv)~
This Gomaki pv DVD single was released on February 5th, 2003 and it’s a double-A SIDE with here its title track bringing together a distinct French arrangement along with a side of J-Poppy goodness!
~Gotou Maki “Kimi to itsumademo” (pv)~
And for our nightcap, its coupling with A-side which is an awesome cover version! …also got treated to a music video, “Kimi to itsumademo” was made popular by Kayama Yuzo back in the mid 60’s! Just a gorgeous song all around and I will never forget the very first time I played this Gomaki version for my Mom, who then was moved to tears as the nostalgia of this song really struck a chord with her =).