Japanese title: 悔し涙 ぽろり
Romaji title: kuyashi namida porori
English title: Tears of Frustration Falling
Release date: 2001.02.15
Catalog nr: EPCE-5092
First press: yes, a limited edition booklet
«Kuyashi Namida Porori» is Yuko Nakazawa‘s 5th single. It’s her last single as a member of Morning Musume, and also her last released under the stage name 中澤ゆうこ (her future releases would be under her real name 中澤裕子). It is also her first release not available on cassette tape.
The single was released on February 15th, 2001, and contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Koi no Kioku) written by Nakazawa herself.
The single sold a total of 92.846 copies, and ranked at #13 on the Oricon music charts (her best position on the charts along with «Futarigurashi»).
I remember rumors and speculations among fans about Nakazawa’s career around this time. After this single she released another single rather fast, and the promotion, quality of the songs, the total sales of the singles and their ranking, showed her agency putting more effort in promoting her. The speculations was that now that Natsumi Abe was suspended for plagiarism, they had the time to focus on their other artists, Nakazawa in particular. (Or it might just have been because of her graduation, considering Morning Musume’s popularity at the time.)
Tsunku’s comments about the single upon it’s release:
Continuation from the last work, once again, I was in charge of the overall production of the single for Yuko Nakazawa. This time, I was searching for a “phrase that sticks with people’s mind”. I then came up with “Porori, Porori” (an imitative sound of tear drops), which I thought was perfect for the song. The phrase has a unique sound, and once you hear it, you’ll feel like singing along from the second time around.
The lyrics are well suited for Nakazawa, and the melody is catchy for everyone, even for the small children. The song as a whole is fast tempo yet there’s some sadness to it. I am very satisfied with the final product.
On the first day of the recording session, Yuko Nakazawa had flu and she was unable to sing, but she stopped by at the studio just to talk about the lyrics with me. I really felt like she had grown as a matured professional artist. My hope is for her to become one of the best Asian singers. The character was based in Shanghai previously, but for this song it is based in Hong Kong. And I also arranged some Asian sound to the intro part. Yuko Nakazawa has been known as an enka singer. This time, please enjoy her as a singer of “sexy J-pop”.
Nakazawa’s comment about the single, in a 2008-interview:
This was the last single I released while I was still a member of Morning Musume. This song is a very popular song among my fans. [It] contains fun cheering noise that goes like this, “Yeah! Yeah!” (lol). […] “Kuyashi Namida Porori. Yeah! Yeah! Porori, Yeah! Yeah!” etc. I was really surprised when I heard it first time.
[…] I, Yuko Nakazawa, graduated from Morning Musume. […] My graduation took place at Osaka Jo Hall. My very last performance of the night, I sang one song and it was “Kuyashi Namida Porori”’s b-side called “Koi No Kioku”. This song was a first collaboration between Tsunku and I. I was the one who suggested writing my own lyrics, and Tsunku agreed and said, “Write your own material and bring it to me.” During the recording process, I’d shown it to Tsunku, who gave me the pointers as to how to revise and suggest some changes. I created the lyrics while thinking about the members of Morning Musume who I went through many experiences with. There is a part of the lyrics, which goes like this:
‘Tamani wa Tabe ni Ikou yo / Monjayaki ga Ii na’ (‘Let’s go eat Monja-yaki [pan-fried batter with various ingredients] together sometime’). This is an actual message to Kei-chan. I remember she was saying to me, ”Yu-chan, even though you are no longer a member of Morning Musume, let’s go grab some lunch/dinner together sometime.” And I remembered that conversation so clearly that I had to include it into the lyrics. Overall, it’s a love song, but it’s actually a sincere message for the members of Morning Musume as well as the fans who were always supporting me.
[…] I kept receiving requests from fans about singing this song again somewhere at some point. But since this song has such a special place in my heart, I only wanted to sing it on special occasions. […] But you know what? I don’t think I am ever going to retire from singing nor from music/entertainment industry. So I am lifting the ban! […]
I was feeling the right time to perform the song was approaching. Luckily, I was told to perform my own “Solo Debut 10th Anniversary Live” on August 5th, 2008, so I decided to bring back the song, hoping this action will bring a brand-new commitment to my music career. So I sang the song.
After I finished singing, I looked around and everyone was in tears. I bet they all remembered the graduation day, right? Everywhere I looked, tears on their faces, even on the guys’ faces. I was extremely moved by the experience. Thank you very much.
Just a comment about Nakazawa’s comment about the lyrics for «Koi no Kioku«: Nakazawa said that a part of the lyrics included something Kei Yasuda had said, yet at her graduation in 2001 she hugged everyone but Yasuda. And when confronted about this in a 2010 (!) interview, upon where Yasuda asked for the hug she should have gotten a long time ago, Nakazawa still rejected…
01. 悔し涙 ぽろり (Kuyashi Namida Porori; Tears of Frustration Falling)
02. 恋の記憶 (Koi no Kioku; Memory of Love)
03. 悔し涙 ぽろり (Instrumental)
悔し涙 ぽろり (Kuyashi Namida Porori)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi
恋の記憶 (Koi no Kioku)
Lyrics: Yuko Nakazawa & Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Nobuhiko Kashiwara