Title: For ourself -Single History-

Release date: 2000.09.13

Catalog nr: WPCV-10095
Label: Warner Music Japan

First press: yes, when buying the album you would get 1 of 3 different trading cards.
Stated on the OBI of this cd: how to win a trading card holder. Limited to 500 winners and all you have to do is to mail in the coupon attached.

«For ourself -Single History-» is Michiyo Heike‘s second album, and her first best-of album. It was released a few months after her 7th single («One Room Natsu no Koi no Monogatari») wich re-boosted her career. Her participation in the first annual shuffle group Kiiro5, had also given her a push and gained her the attention of new fans.

The album has ten tracks, and in addition to a new unreleased track («myself») and a solo version of Kiiro5’s «Kiiroi Osora de Boom Boom Boom», it includes the a-sides of all her singles released prior to the album’s release date, 

The album sold a total of 13.428 copies, and ranked at #23 on the Oricon music charts.


01. GET
02. 卒業~TOP OF THE WORLD~ (Sotsugyou -Top of the World-; Graduation -Top of the World)
03. ダイキライ (Daikirai; I Hate You)
04. だけど愛しすぎて(Mix for Single) (Dakedo Aihisugite; But I Loved You Too Much)
05. アナタの夢になりたい (Anata no Yume ni Naritai; I Want to Be Your Dream)
06. scene
07. myself
08. ワンルーム夏の恋物語 (One Room Natsu no Koimonogatari; The Story of a Summer Love in a One Room Apartment)
09. 愛の力 (Ai no Chikara; Power of Love)
10. 黄色いお空でBOOM BOOM BOOM~Michiyo Heike Version~ (Kiiroi O-sora de Boom Boom Boom -Michiyo Heike Version; Boom Boom Boom in the Yellow Sky)



Lyrics: Tsunku | Music & Arrangement: Hatake

Reiko Tanaka (田仲玲子) sings the background vocals to this track.

This song is the lead track to Heike’s debut single of the same name. It is also the song she won the ASAYAN audition with (despite forgetting the lyrics).

Heike said about this song: I began singing this song when I was still doing the audition, so I knew this song very well. But I still felt nervous during the recording session [note: for her debut album]. The song represents who I am as an artist, so it has remained close to my heart till this day.


卒業〜TOP OF THE WORLD〜 (Sotsugyou -Top of the World-)

Lyrics: Makoto | Music: Richard Carpenter, John Bettis | Arrangement: Hatake

This track is a cover of The Carpenters’ «Top of the World» (released in 1972), but with different arrangements and with lyrics in Japanese. It is also the lead track to Heike’s sophomore single of the same name.

Miwako Hamada and Kanako Oguchi sing the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about this song: In order to learn more about the original version, I flew over to L.A. and visited Richard Carpenter. Because I was a fan of the popular TV drama, “Beverly Hills 90210”, I always wanted to go to L.A., so I was very excited just to be there. I like the lyrics written by Makoto. They make me feel emotional. What a great song.


ダイキライ (Daikirai)

Lyrics: Emi Makiho | Music & Arrangement: Hatake

This track is the A-side to Heike’s third single, which was used as the ending song theme to TV Tokyo’s show «64 Mario Stadium».

Emi Mahiko sings the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about this song: I received this song shortly after I graduated senior high school and was more determined than ever to become a professional artist. I remember I asked Hatake to listen to my a cappella version right before the recording session. Around this time, I met a wonderful lyricist, Emi Makiho, who was like my surrogate mother in Tokyo.


だけど愛しすぎて (Mix for Single) (Dakedo Aishisugite (Mix for Single)

Lyrics: Emi Makiho | Music & Arrangement: Hatake

This track is the A-side to Heike’s fourth single, and the song was used as the opening theme for the movie «Morning Cop» (starring Heike, Yanagihara and Morning Musume). The track for the single has different arrangements and is therefore entitled «Mix for Single» (the song used as the opening theme song for «Morning Cop» is entitled «Mix for Screen»). The single is a re-cut single, as it was released after the album for the movie was released.

Emi Makiho sings the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about this song:  It was a perfect combination of ‘grown-ups’ love’ written by Emi Makiho, and ‘intense music’ created by Hatake. Back then, I toured across the nation with Morning Musume and performed this song everywhere I went. Around this time, I experienced my first major career set-back.


アナタの夢になりたい (Anata no Yume ni Naritai)

Lyrics: Emi Makiho | Music & Arrangement: Hatake

This track is the A-side to Heike’s fifth single, and was used as the theme song for J-PHONE Toukai commercials.

Emi Makiho sings the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about the song: «Most of my songs were in minor key, but this time, it’s in major key, which creates an upbeat and cheerful sound. I was staying at a recording studio in Kobuchizawa for 3 nights and 4 days in order to complete the song. Being surrounded by my favorite people, I was in a party mode for the entire time. «



Lyrics: Michiyo Heike | Music & Arrangement: Hatake

This track is the A-side to Heike’s sixth single, for which she also wrote the lyrics. She also designed the cover (in a way), as she is the one who drew the paintings on the wall used as a background for the single’s cover.

Heike said about the song: This is my most memorable song. When I look back the entire three years of my career, this song was definitely a major turning point for me both mentally and professionally. Thanks to this song, I was able to (mentally) grow and develop into a better artist. 



Lyrics: Michiyo Heike | Music & Arrangement: Hatake

This track is an unreleased track, and appears for the first time on this album.

Heike said about the song: Originally, this song was supposed to be released as a single, not ‘scene’. My first attempt on writing the lyrics was for this song. I wrote the lyrics, hoping that listeners could ask themselves, “How do we feel about ourselves? Do we feel as though there are still some things left to be done?”

She also said in an interview in September 2000: It was my first time to finally realize what kind of an artist I wanted to become. And I didn’t want to write a song about all those beautiful things in life. I didn’t want it to be just another ‘cheer-leading song’ but a song about my honest and pure messages to the listeners.


ワンルーム夏の恋物語 (One Room Natsu no Koimonogatari)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yasuaki Maejima

This track is the A-side to Heike’s 7th single, and is her first one produced entirely by Tsunku and not Hatake. I don’t know why Tsunku took over as her manager and producer, but doing so re-boosted her single sales, which had declined steadily. The sound of this single had a more pop-sound than her previous rock-sound singles, but the lyrics stayed true to her previous releases (broken-hearted love).

Tsunku and Wondabada Boys sing the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about this song: This is the first song produced by Tsunku. I remember we had to overcome many creative differences. Because I was no longer an inexperienced and naive artist, I had very strong preferences in music that didn’t agree with him. lol. The music itself is fun and cheerful, but my memory of this song was mainly about confrontations and building trust with him.


愛の力 (Ai no Chikara)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Akira

This track is the A-side to Heike’s 8th single, and was released only a month prior to this album’s release.

Tsunku sings the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about this song: As I already mentioned, I worked with Tsunku for the first time for “One Room Natsu No Koimonogatari”. We went through some conflicts, but after all, I was able to establish strong trust with him. As for “Ai No Chikara”, even though I struggled a lot with this song, I was much more relaxed and comfortable with recording process because I had much bigger respect for him and admired him like my teacher.


黄色いお空でBOOM BOOM BOOM〜Michiyo Heike Version~ (Kiiroi O-sora de Boom Boom Boom -Michiyo Heike Version)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shin Kohno

This is Michiyo’s solo version of the shuffle group Kiiro 5’s song. For the recording of the song, all five girls in the group recorded their own solo versions. Tsunku then chose the lines from each solo version that he thought would fit the final product. Michiyo’s complete recording is on this best-of album, but with additional rap lyrics as an intro to the song.

Tsunku sings the background vocals to this track.

Heike said about this song: For this version, I sang the entire song on my own. I thought the recording process was going to be easy because I started singing as a member of “Kiiro 5”, but on contrary, it was quite challenging. I was so used to listening to Nacchi and RuRu’s parts sung by them that I couldn’t help myself mimicking their singing styles. I struggled with expressing the same song in an entirely original way.