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Monday, October 27, 2014

ZYYG, REV, ZARD & WANDS featuring Shigeo Nagashima -- Hateshinai Yume wo (果てしない夢を)



What triggered my memory of this interesting oddity was Marcos V's article on that Mood Kayo duet between SDN48 and television presenter Monta Mino, "Kudokinagara Azabu-Juban"(口説きながら麻布十番). I think there have been a fair share of duets between singers and non-singing celebs over the years, and "Hateshinai Yume wo" is one that has really settled into my brain.

I was never a big Japanese baseball fan but even I couldn't avoid the Shigeo Nagashima(長嶋茂雄). He is the legendary Mr. Giants...the winning Tokyo (Yomiuri) Giants player from 1958-1974 and then manager of the same club from 1975-1980 and then 1993-2001. What has also increased his stature among the folks is his affable adorkability due to forgetfulness (feigned or not) and his hilarious remarks, often involving English (just check out the Trivia section in the Wiki article on him). Just imagine New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui and Yogi Berra spliced together. I've always stated that when Nagashima leaves this mortal coil altogether, there probably will be a few days of national mourning, whether or not one loved or hated the Giants.

So, just imagine my surprise when my J-Pop-loving university friend back in the 80s lent me a CD single of this mega-collaboration of pop/rock artists whose names sound like they were fished out of a bag of Scrabble tiles. And Nagashima is in there, too. "Hateshinai Yume wo" (Neverending Dream) was written by Show Wesugi(上杉昇)of rock band WANDS and the late Izumi Sakai(坂井泉水)of ZARD while Masayuki Deguchi(出口雅之), aka REV, took care of the composing duties, and the song was meant to be the theme for NTV's nightly baseball program back in 1993.

The result was this rousing song of determination to boil up the blood of many a baseball player (pro, amateur or armchair) with this 90s J-Rock sound that made me wonder why B'z didn't get into this project. I also have to say that Sakai and one of the other vocals must have been reaching for the throat lozenges considering how high their voices had to go during recording. However, one must not forget the inclusion of Mr. Giants near the end....who frankly sounds like my father at the few times he's been to karaoke. Nagashima's adorkability quotient probably spiked a bit from this song as well.

(karaoke with no one singing)

Released in June 1993, "Hateshinai Yume wo" went as high as No. 2 on Oricon and became the 39th-ranked song of the year.


3 comments:

  1. More WANDS reviews J!

    I'm not sure if you're a big fan of the BEING era, since you started the blog for Kayo Kyouku. But they do have amazing songs. Its one of the few that got me started on Japanese music in general. Prior to this all the exposure I had was from Tokusatsu opening and closing songs. haha

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    1. Hi again!

      Yeah, I know about the company and some of the company they have kept such as Maki Ohguro, B'z and ZARD. I think they were also talking about the BEING sound back in those days...very happy pop/rock, if I recall. At the time, I didn't identify the songs with BEING but more with the individuals acts themselves. Still a good B'z fan but I also remember the other acts involved from the early 1990s with affection, too.

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  2. True :)

    They pretty much defined half of the 1st quarter of the 90's.

    Another collab that you might be interested in: Ame ni Nurete. Still by the same group of singers. What I like about it is its wistful more or less. I picture hydrangeas and tea when I listed to it. Its the first song where I heard Seiichiro's vocals, but ironically, his part was credited to REV frontman Masayuki Deguchi. Their voices are sooo different! Maybe you can listen to it and tell me if I'm wrong? haha

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