Japanese title: LOVEマシーン
Romaji title: LOVE MASHIIN
English title: Love Machine

Members: Nakazawa, Iida, Abe, Ishiguro, Yaguchi, Ichii, Yasuda, Goto

Release date: 1999.09.09 / 2005.03.02 (Re-release)

Catalog nr: EPDE-1052 / EPCE-5319 (Re-release)

Label: zetima

First press: no, but a flyer for the third Heike Michiyo & Morning Musume Protegee Audition is included (an audition which didn’t spawn any winners)


«Love Machine» is Morning Musume‘s 7th single, and their most famous song. Maki Goto had just joined Morning Musume as a third generation member, and this is the first Morning Musume single featuring her. (It is also the last single to feature Aya Ishiguro, as she would graduate four months after this release). This is also the group’s best selling single throughout their career, and the dance moves opening sequence is a classic!

It was released on September 9th, 1999, excactly one year after their first #1 single. 
It contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (21 Seiki). The single sold a total of 1.646.630 copies, ranking at #1 on the Oricon music charts and charting for 31 weeks.

The single was also released on vinyl on October 6th, with the cat nr EPJE-5035. Vinyl cover is the same as the single’s cover.

In 2004, a special «Early Single Box» was released, a limited edition box set containing their first eight singles reissued on 12cm CDs. The box set also contained a bonus 12cm karaoke CD with instrumentals of 15 popular songs from their first 3 albums and a 36 page color booklet. In 2005, the singles were released individually,, and first press editions of these singles came with a photo card. All the 12 cm CDs contain an extra track for each single.

Promo poster

Promo poster

Tsunku’s comments about the single:

«I almost wanted to sing this song for myself. It is such uplifting, happy dance music. I’ve created many dance songs that naturally make people want to dance, but ‘Love Machine’ is definitely the best choice. It is danceable. Actually, you cannot help dancing when you hear this song. As a producer, it may not be so appropriate to tell you this, but I thought Morning Musume was very amazing. Love Machine is a great song as a group, and that means this song can be beautifully completed thanks to the 8 members. When I watch them sing, I feel so happy and excited that I cannot help dancing. Morning Musume has been getting enough experiences in front of a large audience, and I genuinely envy them. I can close my eyes and imagine them having an awesome time. I really think they’ve become something great and amazing. They have been constantly evolving since its debut. By the 7th single, they’ve grown up to be really cool artists. I hope they will continue to grow and evolve, become cooler and sexier.»

VHS

VHS

The music video for this single was also released on VHS, and is the first time one of their singles also gets a single V (video single) release. It was released a month after the single, on October 14th, with the cat nr EPVE-5005. It has one track, the full length video for Love Machine (approx 10 mins.)

There are two versions of this music video, an edit and a full version (-FULL VER.-). The longer version (available on the VHS only) has an intro and an outro; the intro starts with builders removing the poster for their second album, replacing it with the poster for this single. The outro shows Maki Goto giving a guy in a record store, who is listening to their CD, a wink.

There is also a Studio Version which aired on TV, showing the recording sessions from ASAYAN.

[Music video & Music video (Studio version)]

 


COVERS


Scott Murphy, After School and Avex Group have all covered Love Machine. Murphy’s version can be found on his album Guilty Pleasures 3, After School’s version (titled Dream Girl) can be found on the album VS Tokyo Girls, and Avex Group’s version (titled RIKI version) on its official YouTube channel.

In 2013, Morning Musume released a self-cover album called The Best! ~Updated Morning Musume~. It features a new recording of Love Machine sung by the Morning Musume line-up of 2013 (Michishige Sayumi, Fukumura Mizuki, Ikuta Erina, Sayashi Riho, Suzuki Kanon, Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki, Kudo Haruka and Oda Sakura). This album charted for seven weeks selling ca. 20.000 copies.


TRACK LIST


Original release
01. LOVEマシーン (Love Machine)
02. 21世紀 (nijuuichi seiki; 21st Century)
03. 03. LOVEマシーン (Instrumental)

Re-release
01. LOVEマシーン (Love Machine)
02. 21世紀 (nijuuichi seiki; 21st Century)
03. LOVEマシーン (Instrumental)
04. LOVEマシーン(Early Unison Version)

Vinyl
Side A:
01. LOVEマシーン (Love Machine)
02. LOVEマシーン (Instrumental)
Side B:
01. LOVEマシーン ~analog remix~
02. LOVEマシーン ~analog remix~ (Instrumental)
There is also a hidden track after analog remix instrumental: 03. シークレットトラック (Secret Track)

The 4th track on the re-release is a first version, before each member was given specific solo parts. There is no chorus, yet it has an explosive energy mostly influenced by a newly added member, Goto. Comparing to the single version, you can hear unique phrases like faking during intro and “a-ha” during riff. Also, you can hear the original version of the lyrics, “Love Machine!” during the ending riff. Tsunku later took out this line by Yaguchi and added it to the very end, and that’s how the dramatic ending of this song was created.


CREDITS


LOVEマシーン (Love Machine)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Dance☆Man

A Hawaiian version of this song is found on the single Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ and on the album Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection (released in 2002). A trance remix of the song can be found on the album Club Hello Trance Remix.

Yoko Hikasa and Janet Key also covered this song. Kei Yasuda even wrote a parody on the song, performing it on a show with Kaori Iida.

 

21世紀 (nijuuichi seiki)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Shunsuke Suzuki & Murakami Tatsuya (strings)

 

LOVEマシーン ~analog remix~ 

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Dance☆Man | Remixed by M.I.D

 

シークレットトラック (Secret Track)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Dance☆Man

The hidden track is a short snippet (30-60 seconds) with random shouts from the song Love Machine. You hear Iida’s «yaaaaan», Goto’s «Disco!!», everyone saying «yaaan», everyone saying «fu fu», Ichii’s «ja nai», Yaguchi’s «aha», Nakazawa’s «midara ah», everyone saying «dynamite», Yasuda’s «kuru hi mo» ,Natsumi’s «Dancin’ ALL of the night»; the song ending with Yaguchi’s phrase: «love machine».


LINKS


Record company’s site about the CD, VHS, vinyl