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Zettei Checkers !!
How Much the Checkers Does It Have?
Date:27, Jul, 2018
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Zettei Checkers !!
Released on July 21, 1984

Canyon Record

01. 危険なラブ・モーション
02. HE ME TWO(禁じられた二人)
03. ウィークエンド アバンチュール
04. 渚のdance hall
05. ギザギザハートの子守唄
06. 涙のリクエスト
07. MY ANGEL (I WANNA BE YOUR MAN)
08. ガチョウの物語
09. ひとりぼっちのナタリー
10. ムーンライト・レヴュー50s’



Blue lines are my recommendations.
Today I am talking about "Zettei Checkers !!" the first studio album of the Checkers, released in 1984 July. You have not ever heard them, are you saying? Reasonable's that. They were one of the Japanese bygone rock bands, who debuted in 1983 and broke up in 1992. It is reasonable that you have never heard if you are young or no interested in Japan's pop music. Maybe it is best to introduce them, then.

Haven't you ever heard Fujii Fumiya? No problem if you haven't. He is a Japanese popular singer-songwriter who's released a few of hit songs like True Love (1993). He'd belonged to the Checkers before his debut as a solo singer. The rock band was originally formed in Fukuoka, Kyushu. But they had got to change into an idol band in Tokyo. It means that they had to become different from what they had been.

What happened to them in Tokyo? To inform, I am introducing a male editor to you. Akiyama Michio. His job was to make a thing, whatever, look best, most appealing. Before the major debut of the Checkers, he happened to work with them. He spent some thought on how to put them on sale. And he decided to make them an idol group, not a rock band. He decorated them with youthful clothes instead of leather ones. Moreover, he prepared the songs written by outside songwriters for their debut single. The Checkers members could write songs, but he didn't see fit to leave it up to them.

A lucky break came to them when they released their second single in 1984 January. Of course, it was also written by the outsiders. They became popular holding a fascination for young people. In the middle of 1980's, sold well any products about the Checkers, the records and the photographs. That was not what they didn't long for per se.

Naturally, the first studio album also sold well as ranked first in Oricon Weekly Chart. It included some of their own, but most were written and arranged by outsiders. It doesn't mean that the Checkers were hardly concerned with most songs, but means that they were not in the center of the production. And it is pretty hard to say that they called the popularity themselves.

Some might criticize Akiyama for doing heavy editing. Attach more importance of the nature, you may insist. My opinion? I don't deny his idea itself. When the top priority is making them popular, some must do like he did, I believe. On the other hand, I guess what he did is like doping up. If you dope an athlete up, he may surprise us with setting a record. But it definitely ruins him finally like weak acid slowly and surely corrodes away. I have no idea about what broke them up, but I guess there was something like that in the depth of the streak.

There is one question likewise. The Checkers were very popular. People loved the Checkers themselves? Or an idol precisely built by Akiyama? It is difficult to conclude, because we have never found clear borderlines between actuality and conception. All I can say is that people wouldn't find the Checkers without Akiyama's conception.


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