Saturday, December 10, 2016
Eri Nitta -- Fuyu no Opera Glass (冬のオペラグラス)
Many of Onyanko Club’s (おニャン子クラブ) members were not truly talented singers, but they still managed to sell huge quantities of records when going solo in the mid-80s. That was the case of cute Eri Nitta (新田恵利) and her combination of childish voice with off-key singing.
Following the success of Onyanko Club, her solo debut “Fuyu no Opera Glass”, which was released in January 1986, was a hit. Musically, while a litte bit outdated for its time – or retro, if you prefer –, it was fine (it reminds something from the 60s, but many aidoru songs from the 80s had the same effect on me). The problem was Eri Nitta herself, and I must say you need to be a true fan of cute female aidoru to stand it without getting a little uneasy.
However, more effective than describing how bad she sounded, famous impersonator Miracle Hikaru (ﾐﾗｸﾙひかる) just summed all up with her own performance of “Fuyu no Opera Glass”. Even Eri Nitta, who shared the stage with her, had a true laugh when Miracle Hikaru did the “iei iei iei, uou uou uou uou” thing. Just watch it below.
As a bonus, here’s Miracle Hikaru doing her Shizuka Kudo (工藤静香) impersonation. I laughed hard with it, especially since – as a fan of Shizuka Kudo – I was able to recognize every little joke she did while impersonating. Aso, Kimutaku (木村拓哉) was in the audience.
In the end, this post was not intended to bash on Eri Nitta, as I quite like her the way she is. However, it’s undeniable that her singing was vey clumsy, to say the least.
“Fuyu no Opera Glass” reached #1 on the Oricon chart selling 320,000 copies. Lyrics were written by Yasushi Akimoto (秋元康), while music and arrangement were composed by Jun Saito (佐藤準).