I love this idea a lot. And yes, I have heard the two radio rips.
Before you get upset at the idea of all these new kids taking on classics like Renai Revolution (which has already been done to death) or Love Machine (that one too), think for a moment.
I assume, as a fan, you’d be happy if more people could appreciate Momusu as it is now and stop going on and on about the ‘Golden Age’ that people have been going on about since the Platinum Era. At the same time, forgetting those days, or trying to pretend that they aren’t affecting the current Momusu is just silly. What Tsunku (he’s getting the credit no matter what you say) has decided to do is not only re-record these classics, but try and update them.
Stay with me.
Momusu is an old group, but one thing they have over others is their ability to stay fresh. Graduations can accomplish this of course, but their sound evolves also. I think each ‘era’ has had a distinct sound. The first era had a very adult, moody sound which transformed into the genki-disco that was the Golden Era. There was quite a few experimental moments as the elder gens were graduating and then Platinum Era favoured the synthesizers and utilized the stronger voices in the group. This sound used more and more effects until it became Robo-Musume, the much loved and also much feared newest incarnation of Momusu. Their dancing went from non-existent, to iconic, to more and more complicated and now we’re at the point where people are (however grudgingly) admitting that those formations are pretty damn impressive.
This! THIS THIS THIS!!!
This new album is for new fans and old. Remember when C-ute did this? Tsunku updated just about everything and in their case, we got to hear how much (or little) the members had improved. It was such a great album and it didn’t make me love the originals any less.
I’m choosing to see Momusu’s as a tutorial of sorts. It’s giving new life to old songs and importantly it stars people that are around right now. They want to appeal the new members as much as they can. Everyone can hear the classics, modernized a little bit, and sung by the members they can follow right now. And maybe it will make them curious to hear the classic versions and get them into some Momusu history which is always a lot of fun.
As for us old fans, we all have songs that we’re maybe protective of (unless Takarazuka is involved, NO ONE is to ever touch Mr Moonlight again…maybe Eri-pon and BOSS in a few years…), but let’s try to calm down and enjoy. I can’t wait to see what Tsunku will do with some of these, especially The Manpower. Please don’t put the songs on a pedestal. Since when did these songs become part of a different group? They’re Momusu songs, not OG songs. Yes, the group had many incarnations, but it’s all part of the same legacy. The OG members know this and accept that the songs they made famous will be taken on by new members. We should too.
I had to grit my teeth and stop swearing at the tv when I saw Winky get Yossy’s lines AND Takahashi’s lines in Egao Yes Nude. If I can live through that, I can take anything Tsunku’s got.
Some thing else that we maybe all need to get used to is the way one or two members will always get every line and gone are the days (and actually maybe they never existed) when each member got her fair share to sing. In the remake of I Wish I only hear maybe three people. That was disappointing and I’ll be honest, I prefer the original version. The heartfelt innocence of the original doesn’t come through when the song has no more climax. But it’s still an interesting take on a classic. And Sakura is just gorgeous. Look out, Ace!
Here is Renai Revolution.
See what you think.
I’m excited. I’m giving it a chance.
If you can’t look at it any other way, look at this as finally enough people have an interest for them to release another best-of album.
And don’t forget THIS.