We are back at it, still providing you with a daily exploration of one of YLMM’s multiple music videos. Today, we’ll be touching on Never Give Up Suiken, guest starring Rina Takeda, of Dead Sushi and Wakakozake fame.
Well of all the things that I definitely didn’t expect to run into yesterday, but did anyway, I think you can chalk up “PassCode covering a big-ass deal Western band and releasing a very Western-friendly MV to go along with it” as not only the winner, but also the closest I came to actually snorting coffee all over my keyboard since Covid-san chased me back to Maniac Mansion for work. Good job, PassCode! And also: Good job, PassCode! Your cover of “MANTRA” is right the hell on!
A bit of a flashback today as the next You’ll Melt More! video is for Watashi e (To Me), originally from 2015’s YOU ARE THE WORLD album but re-recorded here to promote their best-of album, MUSIC GO ROUND.
Appropriately, the lyrics for this song are a reflection on the past and convey a message from the group to their younger past selves. The video shows the four idols out in the city at night and while perfectly pleasant, doesn’t give us much to talk about.
So this seems a good time to introduce…
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You read that correctly, you have a chance to ensure that none of your favourite idols graduate for an entire year! No other idol blog has offered you this opportunity before and frankly, it’s because they don’t love you as much as we do. We have worked very hard over the past few months to arrange this wonderful prize for you, our beloved Homicidols.com readers. And all you have to do to win, is to be one of the first ten thousand people to solve our You’ll Melt More! themed puzzle below.
Here we have the members of You’ll Melt More! at the point of their career that we have currently reached with our 50 YMM MVs series: Younapi, Kechon, Chiffon and Ano. They have all just been to the ice-cream van, when a scary clown jumped out from behind a bush and went “Boo!” at them, causing them to drop their purchases. About five minutes have gone by and now your task is to connect the idols to the not-so-frozen goodies and tell us whose treat has melted the most.
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I have this mental image of YOU’LL MELT MORE! and their staff sitting around a big round table with a turntable and giant stack of records, taking turns putting things on and spending time as a collective to listen to everything. With each new spin, they explore and consider genres that they have and haven’t tried musically yet…
“Hey, how about the Specials?”“Well, we’ve played around with ska just a little already, but we’ll keep it in mind.. Maybe we’ll revisit a two-tone thing later.” (Spoiler: They Do.)
“Never Mind the Bollocks?”“Arrgh that’s so obvious, let WACK have that one..”
“Hope I don’t regret this, but what about the Grateful Dead?”“Hmmm, y’know, a hippie thing might be fun, but can we get a little cooler than that?”
Then Chiffon reaches across the table, picks up a record, checks out the bright, vivid cover intrigued. It sparks a memory of YMM!’s bi-weekly movie night at Kechon‘s place….
“Hey, remember that one film we watched…. I think it was called “24 Hour Party People”?”
“THAT’S IT! Hallelujah!!!”
And so YOU’LL MELT MORE! recorded the “Hippy Mondays” EP….. and became the first (and I’m pretty sure the only) idols to pay tribute to a brilliant but short-lived era of music born out of Manchester that promised to build an exciting new world of multi-cultural togetherness, but was ultimately doomed to implode under the weight of it’s own drug-fueled, self-destructive hedonism…
You’re one of the most legendary idol performers to grace the stage and everything is going perfectly and then your group disbands. So next, you’re one of the most legendary idol performers to grace the stage and everything is going perfectly and then your band disbands. So after that, you’re one of the most legendary idol performers to grace the stage and everything is going perfectly then you lose a diet challenge and leave your group. AND THEN you’re one of the most legendary idol performers to grace the stage and everything is going perfectly but then your group disbands. So finally, you say fuck it and decided to make your own damn group.
My apologies for the lateness of this article, but I am still picking up the pieces of my shattered mind.
There was nothing to prepare us back in March when Rei, Michelle and Okaki, the last remaining original member of NECRONOMIDOL, announced their departure from the group. Just as there was nothing to prepare us for the blight that has since afflicted the entire world, driving us into our homes, delaying the three members’ graduation show and, meanwhile, wholly transforming the way idol lives are both performed and delivered.
This past Saturday night, Rei Imaizumi, Kakizaki Rizaki and Michelle were finally able to hold their long-delayed graduation live to both an in-person and streaming audience.
Dear international fans. Thank you for all the heartwarming comments. Please don't forget the stage of Necronomidol that we were on. We will miss you, but we will always think of you guys as always❤︎ pic.twitter.com/7b9SywXTUO
Playing a lot of catch-up these days, friends, and doing the kind of idle Twitter browsing that used to be my calling card. It’s nice to reconnect, although going back much further than, like, a week is a fairly significant endeavor. The tlist is long, and even individual group accounts can get voluminous.
But anyway, doop-dee-doop, just cruising along the other day and — hello, what’s this?
6th Single "Pray for Satan" を手がけた "Sound Producer" の "Sho"と、この度正式にタッグを組むことに致しました😈
I was very worried when, in early 2018, You’ll Melt More! announced a best-of album. For an idol group that had been going as long as they had, this is often a way to wrap up their career. Maybe to counter that impression, they released an EP of new material on the same day: the HIPPY MONDAYS EP. Naturally, they made an MV for every song on it and first up is Okoranai de (Don’t Get Mad).
Happy weekend, ya dorks! I do hope that Team forgives me just snatching up this Weekender intro without an ounce of grace or forewarning. It’s been too long! Good lord. I honestly just wanted to flex in the space a little bit. Stretch my legs. Have a cold one while the week of astonishingly mundane idol weirdness unspooled in front of us, and nod approvingly.
It was good, honestly, the first full week back in the saddle. I frankly expected to do a lot more but made a botch of my own personal time management (surprise!). But do I have an exhaustingly large list of things that I’ll partly return to to post about but mostly consign to Weekender throwaways or, worse, the memory hole? Absolutely! That’s how we roll around here. I will say this — with a new attitude and approach, I did not expect that I’d see so much idoling and want to share it. Plus, you know, pandemic stuff.
So what are you kids up to this weekend? Live streams? Protests? Whatever it is, I hope you stay safe and healthy. Americans have predictably completely screwed up this pandemic, but Fiancee is the kind of person who won’t tolerate not doing things for very long, so I look forward to being masked and gloved in the typical local summertime heat. I will say, though, that the upshot of states basically forcing business to re-open has been the complete relaxation of laws against drinking in public!