Hello! Project Primer – Early Years

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Alice’s comment about my H!P Primer disc had me thinking – what if I did put together a disc of PVs from the early years, again to reflect my taste in H!P as well as to introduce people to the collective?

  • Morning Musume, "Ai no Tane".
  • Morning Musume, "Daite! Hold on Me".
  • Tanpopo, "Motto".
  • Morning Musume, "Love Machine".
  • Petit Moni, "Chokotto Love".
  • Morning Musume, "Koi no Dance Site".
  • Kiiroi 5, "Kiiroi Osora de BOOM BOOM BOOM"
  • Morning Musume, "Happy Summer Wedding".
  • Petit Moni, "Baby! Koi ni Knockout".
  • Morning Musume, "Renai Revolution 21".
  • Nakazawa Yuko, "Kuyashi Namida Porori".
  • Country Musume, "Hajimete no Happy Birthday".
  • Morning Musume, "The Peace!".
  • 3-nin Matsuri, "Chu! Natsu Party".
  • Tanpopo, "Koi wo Shichaimashita!".
  • Melon Kinenbi, "This is Unmei".
  • Minimoni,"Hinamatsuri".
  • Matsuura Aya, "Momoiro Kataomoi".
  • Sexy 8, "Shiawase Desu Ka?".

The first thing that glares at me immediately is how it’s very Momusu-centric. I haven’t given much of a listen to many of the non-Momusu units from the early years, such as Heike Michiyo, T&C Bomber, and Sheki-dol. And the strength of Morning Musume during their Golden Age is impossible to deny: the only Golden Age song I didn’t include in this list is "I Wish" and that’s a matter of personal taste more than anything else. (Actually, it’s the most conventional sounding of all the Golden Age songs, so including it would make sense.)

I included two songs apiece by Tanpop and Petit Moni, but I’d argue that the different generations of these groups are significant enough a change that it’s okay. The argument holds better for Tanpopo than Petit Moni, but how can I not have both "Chokotto Love" and "Baby! Koi ni Knockout"?

There’s a slight tilt towards Kago Ai (Tanpopo, 3-nin Matsuri, Minimoni) and Ishikawa Rika (3-Nin Matsuri, Country Musume, Tanpopo, Sexy 8 ) – but that’s no surprise, given my much-stated love for Aibon and my growing respect for Charmy’s career arc. It may be argued that she’s been the canniest careerist of the Momusu line-up, a description I previously would have used for Goto Maki.

And there’s non Fifth Gen in this list, which I didn’t intend on purpose… but makes sense. Gen Four had more talent and more personality than Gen Five – it’s not someting that can be quantified, but seems quite obvious to me. (And, I’d argue, many others.)

This is actually a nice enough playlist that I may actually make it…