The thing is, though, the Japanese pop music industry also took notice of "Show Me" as well. In October 1987, a cover version of The Cover Girls' hit was released by singer/actress/TV personality Yukari Morikawa（森川由香里） as her 2nd single. Given a bit more frenetic speed, it otherwise had the same feel as its original cousin. During the latter half of the 80s, Eurobeat was becoming popular as a source of melodies for pop singers in Japan (BaBe, Wink for example), and "Show Me" was able to make a smooth transition from the United States since it was known there as a prime example of the genre known as Freestyle. Both genres had a common denominator in the form of Italo Disco, and I could see them as either kissing cousins or the same type of music but with different names depending on the geography.
As for Morikawa, she started her celeb career as an on-air assistant on Peter Barakan's TV program, "Poppers MTV" in 1984 before branching out into various variety shows and dramas. I never saw any of her dramas, although watching her on the variety shows, I got the impression that she was probably cast as the appealingly kooky best friend of one of the leads. "Show Me" would be Morikawa's only hit but what better way is there to be remembered than as a musical and TV touchstone of a certain decade.
"Show Me" was also the opening theme song for a popular trendy drama titled "Danjo 7-Nin Aki Monogatari" (男女７人秋物語....The Autumn Tale of 7 Men and Women) which started its broadcast a few weeks before the release of the single. Now, I did mention trendy drama. This was a genre of TV drama during the latter half of the 80s which was popular during a time when Japan was enjoying its times in the high life; the dramas always had the biggest household names from music and acting portraying characters who had these jobs which could only be described in katakana (e.g. kopiiraitaa, コピーライター....copywriter) and therefore meant trendy and lucrative. This particular drama starred Kansai comedian Sanma Akashiya, singer Hiromi Iwasaki and actress Shinobu Otake among others, and was a sequel to the previous year's "Danjo 7-Nin Natsu Monogatari" （男女７人夏物語...The Summer Tale of 7 Men and Women). The theme song for that first drama was Akemi Ishii's（石井明美） "Cha-Cha-Cha", one of the early examples of Eurobeat-influenced songs in Japan.
Getting that tie-up as the theme song for a popular drama certainly didn't hurt the Japanese "Show Me" when it came to sales and rankings. It hit the top spot on Oricon and stayed a good long while on those charts. It was not only the 29th-ranked song of that year but also ended up being the 31st-ranked song for 1988. Giving credit where credit is due, the original creators of the song are Albert Cabrera, Dr. Bob Khozouri, Tony Moran and Andy Panda. However, the Japanese lyrics were provided by Hiromi Mori（森浩美） who contributed to Yoko Oginome's "Dance Beat wa Yoake Made" and would later help out acts like SMAP, Kinki Kids and MAX.
And for comparisons' sake, here is the original version by The Cover Girls.