There really are some preposterously zany idol group concepts out there aren’t there? From trainspotters to onion farmers to er, trampoline scissor fighters, probably – but imagine if some visionary based a group around the concept of actual singing ability? My friends, conjecture no more and come meet “three-part harmony” idols, Machida Girls’ Choir.
Unofficial Homicidols house band You’ll Melt More! have been uncharacteristically quiet of late. Perhaps our marathon coverage of them last year scared them away? I can’t think of anything else on this hapless planet that could account for it. But now they’re back, back, back and 75% bigger besides. Three more recruits have been promoted from the Pupil More! subs bench, so it’s hello to Heso (orange), Matsuri (yellow) and Meari (blue) who was formerly known as Waka.
Today is January 6th, celebrated by many as the feast of Epiphany, commemorating the time when the Three Kings from the East brought gifts of Gold, Frankenstein and Meh to the God-cub Jesus, asleep in the hay. And today you, dear reader, get to feel two-thirds as special as the Holy Baby, for Two Queens from the East now shower you with two valuable presents.
Nani’n’Nerun?, that sub-unit of the similarly fond-of-terminal-punctuation idols, You’ll Melt More! are one of the better things to emerge in 2020. Their name is a pun that sounds like “What do you do?” in Japanese, but that question mark conveys to me, a non-Japanese speaker, a sense of incredulity, as if I can’t quite believe what they have just done.
And I can’t quite believe what they have just done, which is to release a new album, six songs long but clocking in at a total of two minutes and thirty-two seconds. No that’s not per song, that’s the entire length of the album! It may sound like two teenage girls messing about with GarageBand but sometimes that’s exactly what we need and it’s also the sort of punk rock behaviour we cheer and clap for at Homicidols dot com. Short Short Songs 1 (and please God let there be a 2) is out now on your favourite digital music platform and you can listen to the entire thing in less time than it takes to read this article.
Thirty-three seconds longer than this album though, is their new single Sky Wah Wah, for which they’ve made another of their fun MVs:
These days, it’s easier than it’s ever been to discover and follow Japanese idol groups from abroad. Social media, streaming services and, overall, YouTube have opened up more content to us all, and while those lucky and annoying people who actually get to go to Japan might tell you that you’re not getting the authentic idol experience, you can at least listen to the music. But there are plenty of idol groups happily performing in local venues, selling chekis and CD-Rs to local fans, that are not concerned about such things as music videos or haven’t gotten around to making one yet. Some of these groups may be great but how will we stupid gaijin ever know?
Well, I stumbled across one by accident back in March – more on that in a minute – and since then I’ve been ordering their CDs but I’ve not really been able to show anyone what they are like, until now! Here is the first MV for STELLASUGARLET:
That’s Koi no Mahou or “Magic of Love”. Did you like it? Fans of CY8ER may find something to love here but this group have added amateur charm and a slightly more experimental bent. There’s even a shoegaze song on their debut mini-album! They are a self-produced unit from Kansai and their album lists their member colours as “Sky Blue”, “Cheerful Pink”, “Negative Red” and “Domestic Purple”. Though perhaps the Red member was too negative as they seem to have been replaced with an “Unbalanced White” member.
I discovered them when the songwriter/musician for RETRO NA SYOUJO (who aren’t idols so probably won’t be covered here but are idol-adjacent and do have MVs for great songs that you should totally check out) mentioned that he’d written a song for this idol group. And even then I still had to use YouTube to hear more as they had at least uploaded a trailer for their album. I wouldn’t have found that on my own.
At the moment they have one song available on digital platforms and it’s a good song but it’s not the one in that first video. I don’t know when you can get hold of that one but if you’re feeling intrepid you can buy CDs of other great tunes from their store. Or follow them on Twitter and they may notice us foreigners and make more stuff available online, which is the motive behind my writing this article in the first place.
Let church bells ring, let children sing, let wota shout “hooray!” Such revelry because Pour Lui is thirty years today!
Yes, today marks three decades since the birth of idol legend Pour Lui, a woman who, arguably, would herself give birth to the entire Alt-Idol™ genre, only out of her mouth instead of her, er, tummy. How shall you rejoice? Don’t worry chums, your wise and friendly Homicidols.com has 30 suggestions to relate of ways to feast and jubilate. And here they are.
Welcome to part 52 of our increasingly inaccurately named “50 YMM MVs” series, but unless they drop a fifty-third one in the next twenty-four hours – a not completely remote possibility – then we have at last reached the finale.
I don’t know whether we won anybody over to the You’ll Melt More! fandom or whether anyone managed to stick with our coverage until the end but we had fun revisiting all their music videos anyway. We finish with their latest one, from about three weeks ago – Mou Innai Ringo Ame (No More Thanks Candied Apple):
Yes, it was inevitable that if we did a feature on all the music videos of a group well known for being prolific producers of music videos, then there was a high chance of more music videos being released in the middle of our coverage. So now we enter extra time in our You’ll Melt More! chronicles with the MV for Yuru-bics!
Sadly after over three years with a stable line-up, Ano suddenly withdrew unexpectedly from You’ll Melt More! in late September 2019. We were left to wonder what the future held for the group after the loss of such a popular member. Then on New Year’s Eve, we got…this thing:
The hell was that?! Anyway we’ve decided not to count it in our list, not because it’s, er, special, but because the group’s Youtube account filed it under their commercials/announcements playlist and not their MV one. Instead YMM MV #49 is Surpriser, from February of this year.
Hey Rudies, etcetera! Today You’ll Melt More! embark on an ambitious campaign of nothing less than global insurrection, aiming to bring down the world’s governments and replace them with, er, ska I guess? It’s the MV for WOW WOW WAR ~Ska-Champon Sing-Along Front~.