Japanese title: 二人暮し
Romaji title: futarigurashi
English title: Living Together
Release date: 2001.08.01
Catalog nr: EPCE-5115
First press: yes (but what?)
The application flyer for the 4th Morning Musume & Michiyo Heike prodigy audition came with the single (which would spawn Sheki-Dol and Aya Matsuura).
«Futarigurashi» is Yuko Nakazawa‘s 6th single. It’s her first single after graduating from Morning Musume, and also her first release using her real name; 中澤裕子 (as opposed to her stage name 中澤ゆうこ).
The single was released on August 1st, 2001, and contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Kouen Doori no Kissaten). The single is also her only release which comes in a thick cd case (as opposed to the regular slim case), with a booklet that folds out to a 30cm x 15cm sheet (with pictures of Nakazawa on one side and the lyrics on the opposite side).
The single sold a total of 42.695 copies, and ranked at #13 on the Oricon music charts (her best position on the charts along with «Kuyashi Namida Porori»).
Nakazawa’s comment about the single, in a 2008-interview:
“'Futarigurashi' is such a difficult song to sing. I actually told this in the past but I didn’t like this song very much. I couldn’t sing it well. I was really self-conscious about myself as a solo artist after graduating from Morning Musume, and I felt like I had to hurry up and prove the different side of Yuko Nakazawa and with many other complicated feelings. I can’t describe it too well, but I remember I had heavy opinion about my costume as well. Look at the photo. Beautiful, isn’t it? You see how important the lighting is, right? You see, my audience? This is a photo, a work of art. Staff’s effort and energy was collected and gathered together to create this piece.
[…] I was in such a bad mood! (lol) But why? Why? I remembered as I was looking at this smiling photo of mine. You see, I am smiling on the outside, but I was furious in the inside. Isn’t photography a scary thing? (lol) Yeah, I remember now. But I still wonder why I was so angry though.”
01. 二人暮し (Futarigurashi; Living Together)
02. 公園通りの喫茶店 (Kouen Doori no Kissaten; Café Along the Park)
03. 二人暮し (Instrumental)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Masao Akashi
公園通りの喫茶店 (Kouen Doori no Kissaten)
Lyrics: Yuko Nakazawa & Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Ryou Yonemitsu