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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SMAP -- $10

Well, I took this shot of a baby-faced SMAP from the ancient pages of Myojo recently, so I decided to see if I could dig up an appropriately "young" song from the boys' discography. And by the way, that is indeed former member Katsuyuki Mori (森且行)at the upper-left there who had his time with the group from 1988 to 1996.

At the time I saw SMAP perform "$10" on the 1993 Kohaku Utagassen, I couldn't really tell the various Johnny's Entertainment groups apart beyond the top group of the 1980s, Hikaru Genji. So, I just saw the group as "Unknown Johnny's Group" singing about currency. Obviously, things got a whole lot better for Nakai-kun, KimuTaku and the rest of the unit since then. As it was though, I was able to remember the refrain from "$10" as the guys gave the multiple-choice question of prices for love.

"$10" was written and composed as the guys' 10th single (November 1993) by singer-songwriter Kenji Hayashida (林田健司)with Hiromi Mori(森浩美), who helped out on a lot of SMAP's other tunes, also giving her contributions on the lyrics. It peaked at No. 5 on Oricon and a remix version was included on their 5th album from February 1994, "SMAP 005", which got as high as No. 2.


  1. Hi J-Canuck.

    Interesting SMAP song. I don't know a lot of songs by them before 1996's Aoi Inazuma, which was also composed by Kenji Hayashida, if I'm not mistaken. Well. "$10" features a catchy chorus with some house influences, especially the album remix. I quite liked it, so thanks for the tip. Sometimes I forget SMAP was a relevant J-Pop aidoru group during the 90s. Although their songs are not great, I still enjoy KimuTaku's dramas, even the newer ones.

    1. Yep, I came across "Aoi Inazuma" through SMAP's discography on Wikipedia. That's another one that I had forgotten. If you wanna write about that one, give it a go.

      I tried to watch his latest one, "Ando Roid" but kinda gave up after Episode 2. Mariya did a nice job on her husband's original song of "Your Eyes", though.

    2. "Aoi Inazuma" is also a good pop song. I posted something about it a couple of minutes ago.

      About "Ando Roid", I downloaded the full show with English subs. I still need to watch it. Based on your opinion the show is not that great, but I will give it a try. I like KimuTaku.


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