Candies (キャンディーズ, Kyandīzu) was a Japanese idol trio formed in 1973, their first single being "Anata ni Muchū" (あなたに夢中, "Crazy For You"). Candies was composed of three girls: Ran (ラン) (Ran Itō (伊藤蘭, Itō Ran)), Sue (スー, Sū) (Yoshiko Tanaka (田中好子, Tanaka Yoshiko)), and Miki (ミキ) (Miki Fujimura (藤村美樹, Fujimura Miki). Songwriters included Michio Yamagami, Kōichi Morita, Yūsuke Hoguchi, and Kazuya Senka. The group was popular among young Japanese people.
The Candies had eight top 10 songs: "Toshishita no Otokonoko (年下の男の子, "The Younger Boy"), "Haru Ichiban" (春一番, "Spring's First Breeze"), "Natsu ga Kita!" (夏が来た!, "Summer Has Come!"), "Yasashii Akuma" (やさしい悪魔, Yasashī Akuma, "My Sweet Devil"), "Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu" (暑中お見舞い申し上げます, "Midsummer's Greetings"), "Un, Deux, Trois" (アン・ドゥ・トロワ, An Du Torowa), "Wana" (わな, "The Trap"), and "Hohoemi Gaeshi" (微笑がえし, "Return of a Smile"). They were a representative idol group of Japan in the 1970s along with Pink Lady.
In 1977, at the height of their popularity, they dropped out of the music business with the famous phrase of "Futsū no on'nanoko ni modoritai" (普通の女の子に戻りたい, "We want to return to being ordinary girls.") Their farewell concert was held at the Korakuen Stadium on April 4, 1978.
A few years after leaving the industry, Ran and Sue came back as actresses. Miki returned to singing, but quit shortly after getting married.
In 2008, there were plans for a Candies reunion tour to celebrate 35 years since their debut and 30 years since their epic farewell concert. The tour never came about, mainly due to Sue's acting schedule and Miki's desire to remain out of the public eye for the sake of her family. However, the trio contributed pictures and essays to release a commemoration "Time Capsule" best-of album instead and did not meet during production.
Sue died from breast cancer in April 2011. Ran and Miki delivered the eulogy at her funeral. Sue also left behind a recording of her final thoughts. In this recording (as well as in Miki's eulogy), it was revealed that all three members never again had the chance to reunite, yet have always desired to perform again.
|#||Title||Release Date/Chart Position|
|1||Anata ni Muchū (あなたに夢中, "Crazy For You")
First single to feature Sue as main vocalist.
|2||Soyokaze no Kuchizuke (そよ風のくちづけ, "Kiss of the Gentle Breeze")||1974-01-21 (#39)|
|3||Abunai Doyōbi (危い土曜日, "Dangerous Saturday")||1974-04-21 (#46)|
|4||Namida no Kisetsu (なみだの季節, "Season of Tears")||1974-09-21 (#40)|
|5||Toshishita no Otokonoko (年下の男の子, "The Younger Boy")
First single to feature Ran as main vocalist.
|6||Uchiki na Aitsu (内気なあいつ, "The Shy Guy")||1975-06-01 (#18)|
|7||Sono Ki ni Sasenaide (その気にさせないで, "Don't Come On to Me")||1975-09-01 (#17)|
|8||Heart no Ace ga Detekonai (ハートのエースが出てこない, Hāto no Ēsu ga Detekonai, "Show the Ace of Hearts")||1975-12-05 (#11)|
|9||Haru Ichiban (春一番, "Spring's First Breeze")
Became the group's trademark song.
|10||Natsu ga Kita! (夏が来た!, "Summer Has Come!")||1976-05-31 (#5)|
|11||Heart Dorobō (ハート泥棒, Hāto Dorobō, "Thief of Hearts")||1976-09-01 (#17)|
|12||Aishū no Symphony (哀愁のシンフォニー, Aishū no Shinfonī, "A Symphony of Sorrow")||1976-11-21 (#12)|
|13||Yasashii Akuma (やさしい悪魔, Yasashī Akuma, "My Sweet Devil")||1977-03-01 (#4)|
|14||Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu (暑中お見舞い申し上げます, "Midsummer's Greetings")||1977-06-21 (#5)|
|15||Un, Deux, Trois (アン・ドゥ・トロワ, An Du Torowa, "One, Two, Three")||1977-09-21 (#7)|
|16||Wana (わな, "The Trap")
First and only single to feature Miki as lead vocalist.
|17||Hohoemi Gaeshi (微笑がえし, "Return of a Smile")||1978-02-25 (#1)|
|18||Tsubasa (つばさ, "Wings")
Written by Ran for the final concert as a farewell song. Released after the group's disbandment.
|1||Anata ni Muchū ~Uchiki na Candies~ (あなたに夢中〜内気なキャンディーズ〜)||1973-12-05|
|2||Abunai Doyōbi ~Candies no Sekai~ (危ない土曜日〜キャンディーズの世界〜)||1974-06-21|
|3||Namida no Kisetsu (なみだの季節)||1974-12-10|
|4||Toshishita no Otoko no Ko (年下の男の子)||1975-04-21|
|5||Sono Ki ni Sasenaide (その気にさせないで)||1975-10-01|
|6||CANDIES' CARNIVAL FOR 10000 PEOPLE||1975-12-21|
|7||Haru Ichiban (春一番)||1976-04-01|
|8||Natsu ga Kita! (夏が来た!)||1976-07-21|
|9||Candies Live (キャンディーズ・ライブ)||1976-12-05|
|10||Candies 1½ Yasashii Akuma (キャンディーズ 1 1/2 やさしい悪魔)||1977-04-21|
|12||CANDIES 1676 DAYS||1977-12-05|
|13||Sōshunfu (早春譜, Early Spring Music)||1978-03-21|
|14||FINAL CARNIVAL Plus ONE||1978-05-21|
|1||Candies Forever (1978 Final Carnival)|
|2||Candies Treasure (1977-1978 Live)|
|3||Candies Treasure VOL.1 (1977 Live)||Blu-ray|
|4||Candies Treasure VOL.2 (1977 Live)||Blu-ray|
|5||Candies Treasure VOL.3 (1978 Live)||Blu-ray|
|6||Candies Treasure VOL.4 (TV Live)||Blu-ray|
|7||The Final Carnival (The Complete Version)|
- Martin, Ian F. (2016). Quit Your Band: Musical Notes From the Japanese Underground. Awai Books. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-937220-05-1.
- Japan Today
- "Music Station announces their Top 50 Idols of All time". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved 2011-07-28.