Japanese title: ちょこっとLOVE
Romaji title: chokotto LOVE
English title: A Little Bit of Love
Release date: 1999.11.25
Catalog nr: EPDE-1063
First press: yes, a B2-size poster
«Chokotto Love» is Pucchimoni‘s debut single, and one of the best selling singles within the Hello! Project brand.
On October 3rd, 1999 Tsunku announces his plan on creating a new unit. He wants to create another sub-unit (like he did with Tanpopo one year earlier) using members from Morning Musume. He reveals that the members will be Kei Yasuda, Sayaka Ichii, and Maki Goto. Rumors say that the choice of girls was because of Goto’s success in Morning Musume, and the fact that Yasuda and Ichii had sung a catchy song (Otome no Shinrigaku) as a duo on their second album.
The single contains the title track and it’s instrumental, as well as a b-side (Dream & Kiss) and its instrumental. It sold 287.110 copies in it’s first week, ranking at #1 at the Oricon charts and selling a total of 1.123.610 copies. It also charted as the #9 single at the Oricon yearly chart.
Tsunku said in an interview that this is his favourite Pucchimoni song:
"With Pucchimoni, their debut song “Chokotto LOVE” is my favourite. Morning Musume had “LOVE Machine,” so when Petit Morning Musume came about, I figured “Chokotto LOVE” (“just a little bit of love”) was fitting — kind of like everything was in a much smaller scale. But then that song ended up becoming a million-seller, too. It was going to be a song sang by these cute girls, so at first I thought of making it something so simple even little kids could sing along. Thus, the original title for the song was “Konya wa Chicken Rice.” But when I recorded the demo vocals, it just didn’t sound quite right. Since I’d just written “LOVE Machine,” I then thought of renaming the song “Chokotto LOVE” instead. There’s one bit of lyric from that song I still really like: “I looked up the word “love” in the dictionary / And added your name to it.” It’s not quite shoujo manga-esque, but still, I thought it was good. I remember at the time thinking about what that actually meant. I thought that lyric came out quite well.
[...] when we were in the mixing process of “Chokotto LOVE.” Matsubara Takeshi just happened to be around that day, and since he has a lower voice than I do, I was like “hey, could you go into the booth and just do a “WA-HA-HA-HA-HA” for us?” Then we recorded him saying so and I said “alright, thanks!“"
There are several versions of Chokotto Love; a 2001 version (with vocals by Yasuda, Goto and Yoshizawa, the second line-up of Pucchimoni), a 2003 version (with vocals by Yoshizawa, Makoto Ogawa and Kimura, the third line-up of Pucchimoni), and a trance remix.
The song was covered by the H!P group S/mileage in 2010 on their 7th single Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama. It has different arrangements from the original, done by Jun Yamazaki.
The song was also covered in English as «Petite Love» by the group smile.dk on their album «Smile Paradise» and the Dancemania compilation «J★PARADISE», which was later licensed by Konami for use in the video game «Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000».
The music video was released on VHS four months after the single, on March 14th, with catalogue number EPVE-5006. It has one track, the full length video for Chokotto Love, and sold 243.597 copies.
01. ちょこっとLOVE (Chokotto Love; A Little Bit of Love)
02. DREAM & KISS
03. ちょこっとLOVE (Instrumental)
ちょこっとLOVE (Chokotto Love)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Ken Matsubara
DREAM & KISS
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi