Japanese title: ワンルーム夏の恋物語
Romaji title: WANRUUMU natsu no koimonogatari
English title: The Story of Summer Love in a One Room Apartment
Release date: 2000.05.17
Catalog nr: WPDV-10067
Label: WARNER MUSIC JAPAN
First press: yes, when buying the single you would get 1 of 3 different trading cards.
«One Room Natsu no Koimonogatari» is Michiyo Heike‘s 7th single, and marks a change in her music career.
This track is the A-side to Heike’s 7th single, and is her first one produced entirely by Tsunku and not Hatake. I don’t know why Tsunku took over as her manager and producer, but doing so re-boosted her single sales, which had declined steadily. The sound of this single had a more pop-sound than her previous rock-sound singles, but the lyrics stayed true to her previous releases (broken-hearted love).
The single was released on May 17th, 2000, on the record label Warner Music Japan, and is her first in the 12cm format. It contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side («Suteki na Koi Suteki na Yoru»).
The single sold a total of 26.745 copies (three times as much as her previous single), and ranked at #26 on the Oricon music charts.
Michiyo Heike said in an interview:
“This is my first time being produced by Tsunku. When I heard this song, I could tell something new was about to happen to me. The sound is clearly inspired by the latin theme, and it is entirely a new genre for me.
To tell you the truth, my father is full of latin spirits. He loves samba and used to play samba music even early in the morning. He even has his own maracas. Lol. When I listened to this song for the first time, it reminded me of my father and how he used to drag me along to dance with him early in the morning.»
When you listen to my new single, “One Room Natsu No Koimonogatari”, I bet you can no longer wait for summer to come. Just the intro itself will make you feel really excited for the summer as it reminds you of the exciting scenery from The Rio Carnival. The song will make you feel open-minded and care-free in a warm tropical country, and you’ll have the sudden urge to dance for sure! But once you start paying attention to the lyrics, you’ll notice the subtle heartbreak in the storyline. The main character cancels her friend’s plan in order to wait for her boyfriend to come home. While she waits, she feels very anxious all by herself in her ‘one-room’ (bachelor) apartment… It’s quite a common experience for a girl who lives on her own, right? I noticed when I’m in love, I don’t mind waiting longer, either! For those who just started living on your own and are feeling a little lonely, I recommend listening to this song, for it’ll surely cheer you up.
She also mentioned the b-side:
And the c/w song, “Suteki Na Koi, Suteki Na Yoru” is about a couple who are passionately in love. This song also describes the beginning of relationship. If you don’t have a boyfriend, it’s a bit hard to relate to this song.”
01. ワンルーム夏の恋物語 (One Room Natsu no Koimonogatari; The Story of Summer Love in a One Room Apartment)
02. ステキな恋 ステキな夜 (Suteki na Koi Suteki na Yoru; A Wonderful Love, a Wonderful Night)
03. ワンルーム夏の恋物語 (Instrumental)
ワンルーム夏の恋物語 (ONE ROOM natsu no koimonogatari)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yasuaki Maejima
Tsunku and Wondabada Boys sing the background vocals to this track.
ステキな恋 ステキな夜 (SUTEKI na koi SUTEKI na yoru)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi