Atarashii Bunmei Kaika

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"Atarashii Bunmei Kaika"
Song by Tokyo Jihen
from the album Dai Hakken
Released June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop-rock, alternative rock
Length 4:31
Label EMI Music Japan
Songwriter(s)

"Atarashii Bunmei Kaika" (新しい文明開化, "New Cultural Civilization" or "New Westernization"), also known by its English language title "Brand New Civilization",[1] is a song by Japanese rock band Tokyo Jihen, led by musician Ringo Sheena. It was a promotional song for the band's fifth album Dai Hakken, released on June 29, 2011, and was used in commercials for Tokyo Metro.

Background and development[edit]

After releasing their album Sports in February 2010, Tokyo Jihen undertook their Ultra C tour across Japan. In July they released two digital singles, "Tengoku e Yōkoso" for the drama Atami no Sōsakan and "Dopa-mint!" for Ezaki Glico's Watering Kissmint gum commercials. The band planned to release a double A-side single in February 2011, "Sora ga Natteiru" / "Onna no Ko wa Dare Demo", which was postponed until May due to drummer Toshiki Hata's incident involving a police officer in February 2010.[2][3][4] The band's follow-up album, Dai Hakken, was first announced on May 9, 2011.[5]

In 2010, Tokyo Metro used Yu Takahashi's song "Fukuwarai" as a song for their commercials.[6] Previous years featured music by Yoko Kanno, Richard Rodgers, Pes from Rip Slyme, Kazunobu Mineta of Going Steady and Ging Nang Boyz, and Yoshiharu Abe from Unicorn.

Tokyo Jihen's second album, Adult (2006) featured the song "Kenka Jōtō" as a promotional single, sung entirely in English. Their fourth album, Sports (2010) was promoted by the English language song "Kachi Ikusa", which was used in commercials for Ezaki Glico's Watering Kissmint gum.[7]

Writing and production[edit]

The song features music by band pianist Ichiyo Izawa, with lyrics and additional music by Ringo Sheena. The song is entirely in English, and was translated by Jack Brown,[8] who had previously collaborated with vocalist Sheena on the song "Mittei Monogatari", featured on Sheena's 2009 solo album Sanmon Gossip. Izawa felt the song had a "different feeling to regular pop". Sheena asked Izawa if he could leave the song up to her to arrange.[9]

Promotion and release[edit]

The song was used in a commercial campaign for Tokyo Metro. The commercials began airing on May 20, and featured model Anne as their spokesperson.[10] The song was first performed on September 24, 2011, at the band's Terebi Asahi Dream Music Festival festival appearance, and the song featured as a part of the set-list for their Discovery (2010) and Bon Voyage (2012) tours.[11][12]

A music video for the song was released on June 13, 2011, directed by Yuichi Kodama.[13][14][15] It features the band performing the song in bright clothing, while being backed by a cheer squad. After Kameda is tackled by a football player, he returns on screen in football gear with the label Atarashii Kameda Seiji (新しい亀田誠治, "New Seiji Kameda"). The additional scenes feature the band as cabin crew on an aeroplane, with Hata and Izawa acting as the pilots, Sheena as an air hostess, and Ukigumo Kameda as passengers, with Kameda sitting next to the football "new Kameda". Several scenes feature the band's crane logo. The first involves a cuckoo clock where the cuckoo has been replaced by the logo, and the second features a team of performers who create a moving crane logo. The band members act as judges, and give the performance high ratings.

Critical reception[edit]

CDJournal called the song a "killer tune", noting the pleasant melody line and sprinting sound and praising Ukigumo's guitar solo in the introduction.[16]

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay[17] 4
Japan Billboard Japan Hot 100[18] 8

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributing Label
Japan May 20, 2011 (2011-05-20)[19] Ringtone EMI Music Japan
June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)[20] Cellphone download
June 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)[21] PC download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discovery / INCIDENTS TOKYO". Kronekodow. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Reverberation / Fly Me To Heaven / INCIDENTS TOKYO". Kronekodow. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "東京事変始動!ニューシングル2011.2.23リリース決定!" (in Japanese). EMI Music Japan. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on February 11, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "東京事変ドラマー刄田綴色が公務執行妨害の容疑で逮捕" (in Japanese). Natalie. January 12, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "東京事変、待望のニューアルバム発売決定!" (in Japanese). Universal. May 9, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "東京メトロCMでおなじみ高橋優がメジャーデビューCD発売" (in Japanese). Natalie. July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "椎名林檎「キスミント」新CMでバケツ大回転に挑戦" (in Japanese). Natalie. January 15, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "新しい文明開化" (in Japanese). At Elise. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "「大発見」オフィシャル・インタビュー" [Discovery Official Interview] (in Japanese). Toshiba EMI. Archived from the original on June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "東京事変、東京メトロCM曲「新しい文明開化」配信開始" (in Japanese). Barks. May 20, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ チャンネルガイド-東京事変オフィシャルブック- [Channel Guide: Tokyo Jihen Official Book] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Kronekodow. February 29, 2012. pp. 186–187. ISBN 4884182987. 
  12. ^ "東京事変、"最期の生実演"を完全収録した映像作品6/13発売決定" [Tokyo Jihen, DVD footage of their final concert to be released on 6/13.] (in Japanese). Barks. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "東京事変、闘志全開の表情をとらえた新曲ビデオ完成" (in Japanese). Natalie. June 13, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "新しい文明開化" (in Japanese). Space Shower. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ "東京事変ニューアルバム(6/29発売)より新曲「新しい文明開化」ミュージック・クリップ視聴開始!" (in Japanese). Universal. June 13, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ "東京事変 / 大発見" (in Japanese). CDJournal. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay 2011/07/11". Billboard (in Japanese). July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/07/18". Billboard (in Japanese). July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ "東京事変新曲「新しい文明開化」本日(5/20~)より着うた®先行配信開始!" (in Japanese). Universal. May 20, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "東京事変新曲「新しい文明開化」着うたフル先行配信開始!" (in Japanese). Universal. June 2, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ "6/29よりニューアルバム『大発見』全曲モバイル&PC配信開始!" (in Japanese). Universal. June 29, 2011. Archived from the original on July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.