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MessageSujet: History of idol pop-groups   Dim 29 Juin - 22:34

Here is a bit of history that should be of interest to all AKB48 fans (and H!P fans as well). I was researching it in preparation for a torrent of some of this group's TV performances, but the quality of the clips I have is so low, it's not really worth posting here on the tracker. There are some albums of this group floating around if you can find them.

In 1985, Yasushi Akimoto created Onyanko Club (a.k.a. "Kitten Club"), regarded as the one of the first ever idol groups, with a now familiar formula: cute girls in cute looking uniforms singing cute sounding songs with sexually suggestive lyrics. Originally composed of 24 members, the group swelled to a total 54 girls appearing in rotation, with some turn-over due to graduations and expulsions (yes, they had their share of scandals, too).

n their short lived "hey-day," they had their own TV show, "Yuyake Nyan Nyan" (which means "sunset meow meow"). Here they would showcase their latest songs and interview other idols. They would also audition new members right on the show and vote in the ones ones they liked. Male audience members could compete in contests for the opportunity of having their picture taken with their favourite Nyan Nayn. The girls traveled to various locations (even San Francisco and Los Angeles) for some episodes; and the later episodes got wackier having contests such as members competing in arm-wrestling matches to see who would get to sing their latest single on the show. They also appeared regularly on the series "Sukeban Deka." They even appeared once on "Hey! Hey! Hey!" in the early days of that show.

They had only two rules, now familiar to all of us: no smoking and no boyfriends. The group gave spawn to several sub-groups, including "Nyangilas," "Ushirogami Hikaretai," and "Ushiroyubi Sasaregumi," (the last two providing most of the songs for the sound track of the popular anime serires "High School! Kimengumi." There were also a number of solo artists from the group, some of whom remained popular long after the group disbanded, such as Marina Watanabe.

The group lasted for only two years, with their last concert on September 9, 1987, though there were a few reunion shows and appearances. Ten years later, in 1997, talent agent Naoki Yamazaki (now president and CEO of Up Front Works) and producer Tsunku created Morning Musume. Though the idea that Morning Musume was a direct copy of Onyanko Club was debated for a long time, the connection was eventually acknowledged by the Momusu themselves in their roll-call song, "Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari," a song very similar to Onyanko Club's "Kaiin Bango no Uta," which was released in three versions. In fact, if you look closely at the PV of "Joshi Kashimashi Monogatari," toward the end the Momusu strike Onyanko Club's classic "nyan nyan" pose as a tribute to their senpai.

Onyanko Club's producer, Yasushi Akimoto, made millions off the group, married one of the group's members, then fell off the face of the earth. He reappeared suddenly in July, 2005, with the announcement that he was coming out of retirement to create a new idol group, AKB48. It was no coincidence that the initial audition for the new group selected 24 original members; and the similarities between AKB48 and Onyanko Club don't stop there. Like Onyanko Club, AKB48 began with the idea of a very large group of girls in rotating sub groups, wearing cute uniforms, singing cute sounding songs with sexually suggestive lyrics, with an emphasis on live performances rather than recordings. In fact, AKB48's first single, "Skirts Gently Flowing," is so similar in style and content to Onyanko Club's trademark style, that it can be called Onyanko Club's last single.


Taken from H!O Forums

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