Friday, February 13, 2015
Hikaru Nishida -- Namida no PEARL MOON (涙のPEARL MOON)
Since I wrote about Hikaru Nishida’s (西田ひかる) “Kitto Ai ga Aru” (きっと愛がある), I wished to write a second article about her, but this time from one of the late 80s songs she released. So, as I was finally able to buy the single, it was time to talk about “Namida no PEARL MOON”.
“Namida no PEARL MOON” was Hikaru’s sixth single, released in October 1989, and just like a bunch of songs of its time, it incorporated Eurobeat elements in the arrangement.
Although not noisy or frantic like the traditional Eurobeat songs, “Namida no PEARL MOON” is a melancholic pop song with some electronic touches thrown here and there. The pace is great and Hikaru, as a talented aidoru singer who never achieved the success she deserved, unleashed what was necessary to make this a great sentimental aidoru-pop song. Based on that, it’s probably my favourite among her songs, and she really had other nice works, such as the fun and playful “Pun Pun Pun” (プンプンプン) the already-profiled “Kitto Ai ga Aru”, and also her only Top Ten hit, “Tokimeite” (ときめいて).
Personally, I associate “Namida no PEARL MOON” with aidoru’s decay during the late 80s/early 90s. Not decay in the sense of something that became bad through time, but rather a feeling from someone who, in retrospective, knows that the good aidoru days were ending. So, it’s more or less some sort of lament... in fact, the melancholic melody in the chorus alongside the late 80s synths are also contributing factors to this feeling.
Then, “Namida no PEARL MOON” is, for me, the simbolically representation of the last swan song from the bubble-era aidoru world.
Far from being a hit, the single reached only #57 on the Oricon charts. Lyrics were written by popular aidoru lyricist Neko Oikawa (及川眠子), while music was composed by Hideya Nakazaki (中崎英也). As for the arrangement, Tetsu Nakamura (中村哲) was the responsible.