June 30, 2008

Again and Again

Posted in Candies, Music at 3:52 pm by aiwish472

The “Golden Age” of idols ended long ago. Alright, the 80s wasn’t really that long ago. Nevertheless, the world of Japanese idols actually started in the early 70s. So in 30 years, almost everything has been tried. It would take a genius producer to come up with a song or a style that hasn’t been shown yet, especially when during that golden age, idols would show up one day and leave the next. [And no. That genius is not Tsunku.]

I found all this out after I was listening to the radio one day. It was an online stream; I was able to find Japanese music. A song came on that I instantly liked. It was called “Haru Ichiban” by an idol group named Candies. Candies is — well, was — a Japanese idol group from the 70s. As I discovered more information on them, I saw their work parallel with that of Hello!Project’s.

That song is “Haru Ichiban,” and that video is the basis for some of the biggest similarities between Morning Musume and Candies. So many things that could be said about that video could be said about a live Morning Musume performance as well. They are not fantastic dancers. The members of the group shout out their thanks as the middle-aged male fans — see: wotas — cheer them on. I could have sworn I heard those chants somewhere. Above all, we can see the members of Candies trying to smile and act kawaii. How many times has THAT been seen in H!P before?

Alo-Hello! obviously isn’t anything new either.

What? GAM, you say? Why, yes, they certainly are wearing outfits that show their legs!

That guy teases them just like the Utaban guys tease Kei. 😛

Recognize it? It’s “Koi no Fuga.” [Although I believe “Koi no Fuga” was originally by Pink Lady.”]

The first few seconds of that dance reminded me of “Anataboshi.”

So the point is, every time you think one of your favorite idols is doing something wonderful, new, and improved, think again: with 30 years of the same stuff over and over, it’s probably already been done.


  1. Vivi said,

    I just found your blog today, and I’d like to say that this is one of the most interesting J-music posts I’ve read in a while. As someone (I think it was Celestia) else said, there are so many H!P blogs out there covering the exact same things. It’s always nice to see something different and fresh – I had never even heard of Candies, but after reading your post I kind of want to go and find some more of their stuff, haha.

  2. aiwish472 said,

    @Vivi: Thank you so much! Reading that comment really made me smile.

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