The song Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai No Joke

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Introduction: Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai No Joke

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A screen shot of the video for Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke. Features the faces of the members that sang in the song.

The girl group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 16) came out with what was their 54th single called Selfish, Easy Going Jokes of Love. I am listing the name of the single in English first to make it easier for readers to understand. The single was released on August 28, 2013. The single comes in seven different editions. There are 2 regular and five limited editions of the single. The single is actually called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke/Ai no Gundan. I will also only be listing the track listing for the regular editions A and B. This post will also discuss some of the events that have happened in the long history of Morning Musume and how they have survived for so long as a group. The single came out just before Morning Musume celebrated their 16th anniversary as a group.

Track listing for the regular edition Type A

 

  1. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke
  2. Ai no Gundan  (Army of Love)
  3. Bouya  (Boy)
  4. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke (Instrumental version)
  5. Ai no Gundan (Instrumental version)

Track listing for the regular edition Type B

  1. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke
  2. Ai no Gundan
  3. Funwari Koibito Ichinensei  (Gentle First Year Lover)
  4. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke (Instrumental)
  5. Ai no Gundan (Instrumental version)

Some interesting facts about Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke/Ai no Gundan

  • It became the group’s greatest selling single since Koko ni Iruzee! (2002)
  • It also became the 3rd #1 selling single for the group. The last time that such a feat was reached by the group was back in 2001.
  • This was the last single for the group under the name of Morning Musume.
  • The single reached #1 on the weekly Oricon music charts selling 158, 915 copies.
  • The single also reached #41 on the Oricon Yearly Music charts for 2013.
  • It also became the highest selling single for Hello! Project in 2013.
  • The members that became featured for this single were:
    1. Sayumi Michishige (then the band leader)
    2. Mizuki Fukumura (the band leader as of November 2014)
    3. Erina Ikuta
    4. Riho Sayashi
    5. Kanon Suzuki
    6. Ayumi Ishida
    7. Haruna Iikubo
    8. Masaki Sato
    9. Haruka Kudo
    10. Sakura Oda (Oda Sakura)
morning musume 54th single lineup
The lineup of members for the song Wagamama Ki No Mama Ai No Joke. Top row: Kanon Suzuki, Ayumi Ishida, Erina Ikuta, Haruka Kudo, and Sayumi Michishige. Bottom row: Haruna Iikubo, Mizuki Fukumura, Riho Sayashi, Sakura Oda, and Masaki Sato.

This single is the follow-up single to the group’s 53rd single called Brainstorming/Kimi Sae Ireba/Nani mo Iranai. It is a double A-side kind of single and it was the last one to feature Reina Tanaka as a member. Tanaka would graduate from Morning Musume on May 21, 2013 to focus on her other band called Lovendor. And in spite of being overtaken in popularity by AKB48, Morning Musume did not quit as a group and they kept on releasing singles and albums. The group would celebrate its 16th anniversary in September 2013. Their producer TSUNKU would decide to change the group’s name to Morning Musume 14. The reason given for the change is so that fans could know which single was released in what year. For 2015, the group became known as Morning Musume 15.

What is even more remarkable about Morning Musume 15 is that they have survived as a group in spite of the scandal that Miki Fujimoto was involved in, the extramarital affair by Mari Yaguchi, and the smoking scandal by Ai Kago. In spite of these personal issues with their members, the group showed their strength and cohesiveness as a unit and continued to sing on stage, record albums, and go on tours. Morning Musume 15 would even go to New York City to hold a concert there. In Japanese culture, you have to sacrifice your interests and take into consideration what is best for the group. For example, members of Morning Musume 15 and other idol groups cannot date or be romantically involved with members of the opposite gender. They have to do what is best for the group and not focus on their own desires if those desires go against the rules and policies set forth by management. This kind of dedication to the group is what has made Morning Musume 15 as strong and cohesive as a musical group. Morning Musume 15 now has two of the cutest members. These members are Erina Ikuta and the very cute Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. The group has released 14 studio albums and they have their single called Oh My Wish which was released on August 19, 2015. Since the release of that single, the group has released Tsumetai Kaze To Kataomoi. The song reached the top of the Oricon charts in December 2015. The group has seen one of its members leave the entertainment industry for good. That member is Makoto Ogawa who officially left her agency and retired on March 31, 2015. I wrote a while ago that it was my belief that Miki Fujimoto and Makoto Ogawa were the prettiest singers that Morning Musume had. However, there are so many of them that are pretty that it is tough to say which member is the prettiest one of all. But one thing is for sure: the single just described above is one of my favorite songs from this group. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai No Joke should have sold more copies than it did because it is a classic, high energy kind of pop song.

 

 

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