Monday, September 14, 2015
SMAP -- KISS OF FIRE
“KISS OF FIRE” is a very old gem from the debut album, “SMAP 001” (January 1992), of famous aidoru group SMAP.
Normally, I don’t pay attention to SMAP’s music with the exception of some singles they released during their peak, such as “Aoi Inazuma” (青いイナズマ), “SHAKE” and “Yozora no Mukou” (夜空ノムコウ), to name a few. However, I was able to listen to their debut album in very good sound quality, and, in retrospect, I guess I was really in a good mood to listen to an entire SMAP album. More impressive was the fact that I could actually take something positive from the album, which, in case, is “KISS OF FIRE”.
I will not be an hypocrite and say it’s a great song, but some of the main sonic features, such as the aggressive and edgy Eurobeat-inspired synths, are enough for my taste. I liked how it sounded and I’ll probably reject it in a few days, but right now I'm still jamming to it. Honestly, I probably like it more because of the surprise factor, as I never listened to a SMAP song with such dated 80s synths before. It even reminded me some early songs from Megumi Hayashibara (林原めぐみ), my favourite singer.
All in all, “KISS OF FIRE” is not even close to SMAP’s best, but it’s nice to see they came from somewhere, just like every other artist. Let’s say it’s a little piece of history.
Doing the basic research for this post, I discovered that “KISS OF FIRE” was actually the coupling song from SMAP’s second single, “Seigi no Mikata wa Ateninaranai” (正義の味方はあてにならない), which was released in December 1991, reached #10 on the Oricon charts and sold 129,460 copies. Ironically, the main song wasn’t included on the album, but “KISS OF FIRE” was.
Lyrics for the song were written by Hiromi Mori (森浩美), while music was composed by Kouji Makaino (馬飼野康二). As for the arrangement, Motoki Funayama (船山基紀) was the responsible.