Japanese title: 結局 Bye Bye Bye
Romaji title: kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye
English title: In the End, Bye Bye Bye
Release date: 2001.02.07
Catalog nr: WPDV-10108
Label: WARNER MUSIC JAPAN
First press: when buying the album you would get 1 of 3 different trading cards.
«Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye» is Michiyo Heike‘s 9th single, released almost six months after her second album. The single was first announced to be released on November 22nd, 2000, with the title «Dakishimerarete…», but the release was postponed and the title changed.
The single contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side («Ame, Ame, Yoru»). The title track was used as the ending theme to TV Tokyo’s quiz show «Quizz Akahaji Aohaji». It sold a total of 11.218 copies, and ranked at #45 on the Oricon music charts.
Heike said in an interview on January 29th:
“I feel like I was born to sing this song.
When I listened to this song for the first time, I felt goose bumps. I received the demo tape when I was feeling spacey in a car. But as soon as I listened to it, it woke me right up. lol. As you know, whenever I receive the new song, I get excited. But this time, it was a little bit different. All my life, I’d been searching for the perfect match, and this song was exactly it. I feel like I was born to sing this song.
My first recording attempt wasn’t very good. I felt like the song ‘owned’ me, and I never felt like that before. Since it was easy to memorize, I thought it was going to be easy to sing too, but boy was I wrong! I realized at that point that I had to change my whole attitude to face this song. Tsunku also gave me a piece of advice: ‘Please forget about how you used to sing, and find a new way to sing this song and built a new image for yourself.’ So I was able to be humble once again in a positive way.
The main character in this song is a strong-willed woman with a little bit of weakness showing up here and there. And that’s what’s interesting about the lyrics. Men would usually admit, ‘that’s why I never quite understand women’s minds.’ This song reflects those typical feelings about women very well.
This song has a mixture of who I am and who I’d like to be. If you have a chance to listen to this song on a wired radio etc. and realize, ‘I now understand who Michiyo Heike really is. I like her, and I like this song’, then that would make me very happy. I’m not sure how many copies will be sold, but I’ve put a lot of my soul into it. I wish many people could feel my energy through this song.
01. 結局 Bye Bye Bye (Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye; In the End, Bye Bye Bye)
02. 雨・雨・夜 (Ame, Ame, Yoru; Rain, Rain, Night)
03. 結局 Bye Bye Bye (Instrumental)
結局 Bye Bye Bye (Kekkyoku Bye Bye Bye)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shin Kono
雨・雨・夜 (Ame, Ame, Yoru)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: AKIRA