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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hiromi Go/TOKIO -- Yoroshiku Aishuu (よろしく哀愁)

I was rather surprised that for all of the hits that Hiromi Go(郷ひろみ)supplied throughout the decades, it is his 10th single that has been the only hit that went all the way to No. 1 on Oricon. Written by Kazumi Yasui(安井かずみ)and composed by Kyohei Tsutsumi(筒美京平)for release in September 1974, there is a bit of Latin swagger in "Yoroshiku Aishuu" (Suitable Sorrow), along with the usual Go nasal quality, in this song about a guy who's trying his darnedest to grab the heart of a girl but not quite making it.

"Yoroshiku Aishuu" was also used as the theme song for a 1974 TV Asahi (known as NET back then) drama titled "Chotto Shiawase"(ちょっとしあわせ...A Little Happy)starring Go and actress Wakako Sakai. As I mentioned, the song made it all the way to No. 1 and became the 16th-ranked song for the same year. Go has covered it twice since its original release in 1989 and 2005. The 1989 version made it onto his 28th original album in 1991 "Junbi Bantan ~ Vingt Ans"(準備万端...Preparations All).  A number of artists have also done their version of the song, including Johnny's Entertainment band, TOKIO, in their first cover album, "TOK10" from September 2004.

(The music163 link is dead.)

TOKIO's version certainly amps up the beat, sounding like something that Quentin Tarentino would enjoy. The album hit No. 1 and went Gold.

TV Asahi in Roppongi

1 comment:

  1. Yes!

    While I loved Hiromi's original, I would have to go with TOKIO's version here. More upbeat and current, and it doesn't hurt too much to listen to.


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