Still only the end of April but hey, summer is around the corner, I guess, and today the weather has been quite scrumptious. Therefore, why not throw another TUBE song on the barbie?
TUBE=Summer....a very simple equation. And so to add another variable in there, here is their 22nd single, "Ano Natsu wo Sagashite" (Search For That Summer) from July 1995. Written by vocalist Nobuteru Maeda（前田亘輝）and composed by guitarist Michiya Haruhata（春畑道哉）, there's really not that much to add to it aside from the fact that it is one of their usual grand and celebratory paeans to the hot season. One would think that the single adorned a Pocari Sweat ad but actually it was the theme song for a Fuji-TV drama based on a manga, "Hyaku Oku no Otoko"（100億の男...The 10 Billion Man）, and nope, it isn't the Japanese version of the 1970s sci-fi TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man" but a show about some poor sap who got saddled with a 10-billion yen debt. Methinks that the guy would need the Six Million Dollar Man for protection from creditors.
"Ano Natsu wo Sagashite" was another big hit for TUBE. It peaked at No. 2 on Oricon going Platinum while becoming the 98th-ranked single for 1995. I heard it covered quite a lot on TV as well, notably through the old series on NTV's "Yoru mo Hippare"（夜もヒッパレ）on Saturday nights. The above video only has the audio but it features the late great Kiyohiko Ozaki（尾崎紀世彦）giving his version of the TUBE song.