Japanese title: ラストキッス
Romaji title: RASUTOKISSU
English title: Last Kiss
Release date: 1998.11.18
Catalog nr: EPDE-1014
First press: yes, you could get one out of four trading cards
«Last Kiss» is Tanpopo‘s debut single. The A-side was featured as the first ending theme to the anime Sorcerous Stabber Orphen.
It contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Jikan yo Tomare) and it’s instrumental. It sold 129.640 copies in it’s first week, and ranked at #2 at the Oricon charts. Its total sales were 301.600 copies.
Tsunku’s comment about the single:
«Tanpopo (dandelions) can be blooming anywhere you see, and from a small child to a senior citizen, anyone is familiar with them. There is no strict season for dandelions, (and they can bloom and survive even in between the small cracks of buildings in a big harsh city environment) . For those reasons, I think they are really awesome. For some people, dandelions are just another weeds with a height of about 20cm, but under the surface, they have much longer roots than the small heights. When they crave for water, they make efforts to grow their roots longer and deeper. The efforts they make in unseen areas are what are so wonderful about dandelions. This time, I am producing three girls, Iida, Ishiguro and Yaguchi. I would like these three girls to be recognized by lots of people, and make plenty of efforts in the hidden areas, just like the dandelions.
The three girls have distinctively different voices from Morning Musume. That’s why Tanpopo is so interesting. “Last Kiss” has a unique sound no one can imitate. I hope they discover themselves as “Tanpopo” while they still remember themselves and maintain their other identities as Morning Musume»
ASAYAN was a talent search variety show that appeared on TV Tokyo. Several of the auditions held on the show was produced by the manager Tsunku.
On October 18th, 1998, Tsunku announced live on the tv show, to his girl group Morning Musume, that he wanted to make a new unit with Kaori Iida and Aya Ishiguro. Tsunku wanted a third member, and held an audition between Kei Yasuda, Sayaka Ichii and Mari Yaguchi. They had to go trough test recordings, before Tsunku chose Mari Yaguchi as the third member.
The name he eventually chose for the group was Tanpopo. Written in katakana (instead of hiragana), and meaning Dandelion. Tsunku said in an interview that he chose this name, as «Tanpopo (dandelions) can be blooming anywhere you see, and from a small child to a senior citizen, anyone is familiar with them. There is no strict season for dandelions, (and they can bloom and survive even in between the small cracks of buildings in a big harsh city environment)«.
01. ラストキッス (Last Kiss)
02. 時間よ止まれ (Jikan yo Tomare; I Wish Time Stood Still)
03. ラストキッス (Instrumental)
ラストキッス (Last Kiss)
Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi
There is an official remix of this track, it can be found on the album CLUB Hello! TRANCE REMIX.
時間よ止まれ (Jikan yo Tomare)
Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi & LH Project