S.O.S. (Pink Lady song)

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"S.O.S."
Single by Pink Lady
B-side "Pink no Ringo"
Released November 25, 1976
Genre J-pop, kayōkyoku, Disco
Length 2:45
Label JVC
Writer(s) Shunichi Tokura, Yū Aku
Pink Lady singles chronology
"Pepper Keibu"
(1976)
"S.O.S."
(1976)
"Carmen '77"
(1977)

"S.O.S." is a song Yū Aku and Shunichi Tokura wrote for Japanese idol duo Pink Lady. It was released as the group's second single in November 1976, and became their first number-one hit on the Japanese Oricon singles chart in the following year.[1]

"S.O.S." features Morse code which stands for the song title at the opening of the song. Because its sound effect might be mistaken for genuine Morse code, intro of the track has been omitted occasionally when the song has played on the radio. The song has been one of favorites for both the duo and the fans, and it is also one of the essential songs performed in their concerts.

Reception[edit]

Led by commercial success of its predecessor "Pepper Keibu" which reached the number-4 on the Japanese Oricon chart, "S.O.S" climbed the top of the country's hit parade three months after its release. A single remained on the chart for 38 weeks, selling approximately 650,000 copies.[2] According to the record label Victor, "S.O.S." has sold in excess of 1.2 million units to date.

According to Oricon it was the 8th best selling single from 1977.[3]

The song is used as background music in one episode of the anime TV series His and Her Circumstances, as a song the female lead, Yukino Miyazawa, can't get out of her head.

Track listing (7" vinyl)[edit]

All tracks composed by Shunichi Tokura, lyrics written by Yū Aku.

  1. "S.O.S." 2:45
  2. "Pink no Ringo (ピンクの林檎 Pinku no Ringo?)" 3:02

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1976–77) Peak
position
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 1

Covers[edit]

  • Girl group MAX covered this song for the 1997 Yu Aku tribute album VELFARRE J-POP NIGHT presents DANCE with YOU.
  • Chiemi Hori and Toru Yamazaki covered it for the 2009 released Pink Lady/Yu Aku tribute album Bad Friends.
  • Anime Alice SOS features a cover of this song.
  • The song is used as the ending theme in episode seventeen of the anime TV Series Gun X Sword, covered by Kikuko Inoue (voice of Carmen99), Houko Kuwashima (voice of Wendy), Satsuki Yukino (voice of Yukiko) & Saeko Chiba (voice of Priscilla).

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Seishun Jidai" by Kōichi Morita and the Top Gallants
Japanese Oricon Chart number one single
February 14, 1977
Succeeded by
"Shitsuren Restaurant" by Kentarō Shimizu