(Jan. 26 2013....managed to track down the original at the Dailymotion video service Sorry but I couldn't bring it over here but it's easy to find www.dailymotion.com.)
The original single was released back in September 1998 as her 2nd single; it peaked at No. 50.
Along with Shiina's 2nd single, "Muzai Moratorium"also has a punky and frenetic version of her debut single, "Koufukuron"(幸福論...Theory of Happiness). Apparently, the singer had not been thrilled about the original version when it was released in May 1998, and didn't do all that well in its original release. However, with the rise in her star later on, the debut was re-released and it eventually hit the No. 10 spot. The above video has the album version while the one below is a shorter remixed version of the original by Rymdkraft. The original felt a little more techno.
There was another single from the album, "Koko de Kiss Shite"（ここでキスして...Kiss Me Here), but I will leave that for another profile. Actually a non-single track that I wanted to profile here is "Akane Sasu Kiro Terasaredo"（茜さす帰路照らされど...When It Begins To Get Dark) which also stands out for sounding like a 70s ballad with the piano and the strings. To go from screaming guitars to Loggins & Messina within the same album is an Olympic-sized jump.
The final song for this profile is "Tsumiki Asobi"（積木遊び...Playing With Blocks), which Shiina has described as being somewhat of a fun palate-cleansing song. It's definitely eclectic: a rock song with a trombone and koto thrown in for good measure. And although it's just a small part of the song, but I like the way she ends the verses with a somewhat English-sounding pronunciation. for a kanji-laden line.
"Muzai Moratorium" became a million-seller in Japan, and peaked at No. 2. It took a while but it eventually became the 42nd-ranked album of 2000. And a legend was born.
|Ringo Shiina -- Muzai Moratorium|