It’s Christmas time in the city~!
Seasons greetings to the Magical Meteorites, Earthlings, and the other folk in the stratosphere to another edition of the Jingle Bell Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Morning Twilight series. As today is Morning Monday, this post is where “Jingle Belles Rock” as a different idol Christmas standard gets spotlighted. After the Petit Best start from Petit Moni, we’ll be spending two weeks with Tanpopo.
Last week, we took on the “Golden Age” quartet lineup and their holiday hit, Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru. This week, we’ll be hitting the proverbial TARDIS and venturing further into the past as we take a look into the immortal Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru!
About Me and Tanpopo
I first encountered Tanpopo during my days as a YesAsia surfer/lurker, searching for new sounds and finding out the deal. Granted, I do remember encountering that name at certain times when watching Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ when it came on TV (long story short, for a while, a local station broadcasted content from Fuji TV for about an hour).
As I listened, I became somewhat familiar with a snippet of music, the typical tracks. As you might expect, due to its “age,” this single sadly fell off my radar… until now.
About the Single
- Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru
- Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (featuring Iida)
- Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (featuring Ishiguro)
- Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (featuring Yaguchi)
Released on October 20, 1999, this is Tanpopo’s last single featuring the first lineup: Iida Kaori, Ishiguro Aya, and Yaguchi Mari. As you might have noticed from the track listing, this single is also notable for the lack of standard features (instrumental/karaoke version, traditional b-side), instead opting for solo versions as done by the members themselves.
Charting for twelve weeks with a peak ranking of #2, a total of 209,200 copies were sold with 86,090 (41.15%) sold within the first week.
Now to the Song (and the PV)!
Beginning with bells and “oohs” from the Dandelions, this is a calm song with their vocals shining. Their voices all blend together wonderfully for this winter song. To the newer fans, one voice probably stands out most: Ishiguro Aya aka Ayappe. Why? She had a brief time in both MM and Tanpopo. This was a great way to end things.
We see the Primordial Lineup as little figurines in a model city, the little dolls illustrating the lyrics. (Bear in mind that this was in the early days of H!P PVs.) In the first verse, we see them in red dresses in the city.
Starting the second verse, we see them in a chapel/church, adorned in the angelic white outfits of the first cover. Note that they each have a bell near them and their clothes appear to (gently) glow with a holy light as they overlook the quaint polis.
For the final section, we return to the city square and end with a shot of the village with a sparkling star.
What a good way to close out an era in Tanpopo history.
This song was redone in English as part of that little-known cover album.
Here’s a pop quiz: All of them had wedding bells heard, but which one isn’t experiencing marital bliss right now? (Hint: This should be easy as it’s recent enough to raise a fuss in the blogosphere.)
Next time on Jingle Bell Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree:
- “Jingle Belles Rock!” Morning Mondays: A surprise ending! Is it going to be ZYX? C-ute? Morning Musume? It’s a surprise!
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Twilight Tuesdays: We end the series the way we began.
See you there!
Ring-a-ling, hear ’em ring!