Then came "Be There", B'z's 4th single which came out in May 1990. This was another shot of electric orange juice to the system, starting with the intro which did the aural version of Hot Potato between the left and right speakers (or headphones). For me, I think this was the song that sealed in the B'z sound: Matsumoto's (melody) wailing guitar and Inaba's (lyrics) buzzsaw vocals. I love the refrain, the guitar solo, that "HIT IT!"in the middle of the song, and the "BE THERE ANYTIME!"
This was actually also the ending theme song for what I believe was a news show on one of the commercial networks. Great title for the show...I could imagine folks just coming to the show for that song. In its first release, "Be There"made it as far as No. 7 on Oricon, and became the 60th-ranked song of the year, with close to 350,000 singles sold. There was even more love shown to it when it was re-released a decade later when the song peaked at No. 3. The single didn't originally come out on a studio album but made its first appearance on the duo's compilation album, "B'z -- The Best Pleasure" released in 1998.
|B'z -- Be There|