I was watching a bit of "Music Station" tonight on TV Japan when I saw that Johnny's darlings, Arashi（嵐）, were on once again with their latest single. Then the announcer stated that the song was created by the husband-and-wife team of Tatsuro Yamashita and Mariya Takeuchi（山下達郎・竹内まりや）, and I was instantly intrigued. I haven't heard of a Johnny's unit getting a Yamashita number since "Garasu no Shonen"（硝子の少年）for the Kinki Kids years ago. Apparently, the ball got rolling when the couple had gone to see an Arashi concert and afterwards remarked about how much they enjoyed the performance. Arashi heard this, squeed and then sent the request out to Yamashita to create a song for them.
As soon as the guys hit the stage in their dapper wear and the music for "Fukkatsu LOVE" (Revival Love) started playing, I could say that this is definitely one song I would like. Although it hasn't become an earworm yet, Arashi's 48th single which came out just last month is pretty darn cool with that urban contemporary beat and a Prince-like riff.
In fact, I would say that the song would also have been ideal for Masayuki Suzuki（鈴木雅之）to try out as well, and Martin has also had the privilege of getting a Yamashita/Takeuchi creation to become one of his well-known songs. And just like "Misty Mauve", Takeuchi has written up something nice and dramatic of a woman flying out of her perhaps former beau's apartment and into a taxi after a final straw broke, and the guy has to spend the rest of the song trying to get her back.
"Fukkatsu LOVE" was released in late February, and it hit No. 1 on Oricon. According to J-Wiki, it is Arashi's 44th No. 1 single in their career as well as their 37th consecutive No.1 going all the way back to 2004. In the last couple of weeks, it has sold close to half a million copies already. At this point, Arashi is now No. 2 behind B'z as the group with the largest number of No. 1 singles.
And to think, I've only been really appreciating Ono-kun and the guys for their antics on their game show. My former student/rabid Arashi fan is probably bouncing off the walls right now since her favourite member, Aiba-kun seems to be the one with the final word as far as the song is concerned.