Crazy 4 U

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"Crazy 4 U"
Crazy 4 U (Kumi Koda single).jpg
Single by Koda Kumi
from the album Feel My Mind
Released January 15, 2004 (JP)
Format CD
Recorded 2003
Genre J-Pop, dance-pop
Length 22:43
Label Rhythm Zone
RZCD-45113 (Japan, CD)
Writer(s) Miki Watabe
Koda Kumi singles chronology
"Gentle Words"
(2003)
"Crazy 4 U"
(2004)
"Love & Honey"
(2004)

"Crazy 4 U" is singer-songwriter Koda Kumi's 10th domestic solo single. It charted at #12 on Oricon and remained on the charts for six weeks.[1]

Information[edit]

"Crazy 4 U" is Kumi Koda's tenth single and last single released before her studio album feel my mind. It failed to chart in the top ten on Oricon, coming it at #12. Despite its low ranking, it remained on the charts for six weeks.

The single contained one B-side, "Yume with You" (夢 with You / Dream with You), which was a cover of the same song originally performed by Toshinobu Kubota in 1993.[2] It also contained a remix of the title track. This was also the single that kick-started the ero-kawaii craze that Kumi became synonymous with, and that spread across teens and young adults in Japan. Crazy 4 U became a milestone in Kumi's growth as an artist, with her enjoying the theme and beginning to choose the songs she would perform.

"Crazy 4 U" was the opening theme of the Japanese anime series Gilgamesh.[3]

The corresponding music video was released on Koda Kumi's DVD feel..., and later on her first compilation album, Best ~first things~. In 2006, a dance version was released on her compilation album Best ~Bounce & Lovers~.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Crazy 4 U" was not coupled with the single, but was placed on the corresponding DVD to feel my mind, feel....

The music video had an espionage theme, with Kumi acting as an agent to track down a smuggler. Throughout the video, she attempts to locate the smuggler, meeting an innocent party girl in the process, who winds up involved unknowingly.

"Crazy 4 U" was later released as a dance version on her third compilation album Best ~Bounce & Lovers~. This version would only harbor the scene in the parking garage.

Background narration[edit]

"The moment I first ran into Crazy 4 U, I felt: 'This is the song that will symbolize Koda Kumi!!'... I started selecting songs personally." - Koda Kumi

This was the first song and video that Koda Kumi took the reins to - from what she would wear, to the music and lyrics. She aimed for something that artists before her had never performed in mainstream music and wanted to provide entertainment that only she could. Koda Kumi speaks in KODA REKI about how, until this point in her career, she had enthusiasm, but no clear goal. She started to enjoy the fact that she was doing what she loved and it showed in her music.[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Writer(s) Arranger(s) Length
1. "Crazy 4 U" Miki Watabe Miki Watabe 4:08
2. "Yume with You" (夢 with You/Dream with You) Toshinobu Kubota Akira 3:49
3. "Crazy 4 U (Akakage's Crazy Love Remix)"     6:51
4. "Crazy 4 U" (Instrumental)     4:08
5. "Yume with You" (Instrumental)     3:49
Total length: 22:05

Chart history[edit]

Peak position: #12

Sales[edit]

Initial week estimate: 11,919
Total estimate: 28,272

Alternate versions[edit]

Crazy 4 U
  1. "Crazy 4 U": found on the single (2003) and corresponding album feel my mind (2004)
  2. "Crazy 4 U (Akakage's Crazy Love Remix)": found on the single (2003)
  3. "Crazy 4 U (Instrumental)": found on the single (2003)
  4. "Crazy 4 U (80's Style Remix)": found on 俄然パラパラ!! Presents Super J-Euro Best (2005)[6]
  5. '"Crazy 4 U (World Sketch Remix)": found on Koda Kumi Driving Hit's (2009)
Yume with You
  1. "Yume with You": found on the single (2003)
  2. "Yume with You (Instrumental)": found on the single (2003)
  3. "Yume with You (R. Yamaki's Groove Mix)": found on album feel my mind (2004)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crazy 4 U / KODA KUMI / ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "夢 with You (Single, MAXI)". Amazon Japan. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Crazy 4 U Rhythm Zone". conyac. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Best -Bounce & Lovers- [w/DVD, Limited Pressing] Koda Kumi CD Album". CD Japan. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Koda Kumi. "KODA REKI Translations". Koda Kumi. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Various - 俄然パラパラ!! Presents Super J-Euro Best". Discogs. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 

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