Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my dream supergroup. I was so giddy when I found out that this existed, you could have knocked me over with a feather. "Ima Dakara" (今だから) got three prolific artists writing, composing, and singing a song together at the forefront, Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本龍一) in the background providing the arrangement, and Sadistic Mika Band's (サディスティック・ミカ・バンド) members, Yukihiro Takahashi (高橋幸宏), Tsugutoshi Goto (後藤次利) and Masayoshi Takanaka (高中正義) included, playing the instruments. By that time, Yuming has already established herself as the reigning Queen of New Music, Sakamoto and Takahashi were techno-pop superstars, and the other guys from Sadistic Mika Band also held respectable positions in the New Music scene. Kazumasa Oda (小田和正) and Kazuo Zaitsu (財津和夫) were well-known as leaders of Off Course and Tulip, former folk bands that were now heading into new directions within City Pop and New Music. I can just picture a group of Toshiba EMI executives sitting at a big table and having a discussion amongst themselves about the easiest way to have that No.1 Weekly Oricon position in the bag, when one of them suggests to just throw a bunch of big-name artists together and see what happens. Their experiment sure worked out, as the single held the No.1 spot not for one but two weeks on the charts, then became No.1-ranked single of the month of June and the 16-ranked single of 1985 with 366,000 units sold. Not too shabby.
On a side note, in 2004 Oda and Zaitsu performed a duet version of "Ima Dakara" at Oda's annual Christmas no Yakusoku concert. Youtube doesn't have a video of it, but there was an amusing little banter going on between the two singer-pals as they were introducing the song. Because Yuming couldn't make it to the show for one reason or another, Oda reluctantly announced that he was going to sing her lines while Zaitsu teased him for how awkward that would look. Gotta love those two.
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