Genki o Dashite

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"Genki o Dashite"
Hiroko Kokonshu.jpg
Song by Hiroko Yakushimaru
from the album Kokonshū
Released February 14, 1984 (1984-02-14)
Genre J-pop
Length 4:00
Songwriter(s) Mariya Takeuchi
Kokinshū track listing
"--"
(0)
"Genki o Dashite"
(1)
"Tsubuyaki no Onpu"
(2)

Genki o Dashite (元気を出して?, Cheer Up) is the 1st track on Japanese actress/singer Hiroko Yakushimaru's 1984 debut album Kokinshū (古今集?). It was written by singer-songwriter Mariya Takeuchi. Takeuchi recorded her own version of the song for her Request album, released in 1987. It was released as a single from the album in 1988.

The song later appeared on her greatest hits albums Love Collection (released in 2000) and Hiroko Yakushimaru Golden Best (薬師丸ひろ子 ゴールデン☆ベスト?) (released in 2002).

Mariya Takeuchi version[edit]

"Genki o Dashite"
Takeuchi Genki.jpg
Single by Mariya Takeuchi
from the album Request
B-side "Oh No, Oh Yes!"
Released November 28, 1988 (1988-11-28)
Format vinyl
Genre J-pop
Length 4:45
Label Moon Records
Songwriter(s) Mariya Takeuchi
Producer(s) Tatsuro Yamashita
Mariya Takeuchi singles chronology
"After Years/Eki"
(1987)
"Genki o Dashite"
(1988)
"Single Again"
(1989)
"After Years/Eki"
(1987)
"Genki o Dashite"
(1988)
"Single Again"
(1989)

Mariya Takeuchi, the writer of the song, recorded her own version in 1987. It was originally released as the B-side of her Yume no Tsuzuki (夢の続き?, Dream Sequel) single in 1987, however was later added to her self-cover album, Request. After being selected for use as a commercial song for watchmaker Seiko's Dolce & Exceline (ドルチェ&エクセリーヌ?) range in 1988, the song was released as the album's 5th single.

Hiroko Yakushimaru features background vocals in Takeuchi's self-cover.

The B-side, Oh No, Oh Yes!, is a self-cover of a song Takeuchi wrote for singer Akina Nakamori's 196 albumCrimson. This song is also present on Takeuchi's self-cover album Request.

While not doing well on the charts in its single format, the song has been recognised as one of Takeuchi's signature songs.[citation needed] It was re-recorded twice: once on Takeuchi's 1987 self-cover album Request and once as the '08 New Remaster on her 2008 single, Shiawase no Monosashi/Ureshukute Samishii Hi (Your Wedding Day) (幸せのものさし/うれしくてさみしい日(Your Wedding Day)?, Ruler of Happiness/Day of Happiness and Sadness (Your Wedding Day)). The song has appeared on her greatest hits compilations Impressions (1994) and Expressions (2008). The song is frequently covered by other artists.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Genki o Dashite (元気を出して?, Cheer Up)" Mariya Takeuchi Tatsuro Yamashita 4:45
2. "Oh No, Oh Yes!" Mariya Takeuchi Tatsuro Yamashita 5:18

Chart Rankings[edit]

Oricon Charts (Japan)[1][edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
November 28, 1988 (1988-11-28) Oricon Daily Singles Chart
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 70 1,740 12,920 7 weeks
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart

Shimatani Hitomi version[edit]

"Genki o Dashite"
GenkiwoDashite COVER.jpg
Single by Hitomi Shimatani
from the album Gate: Scena III
B-side "Tsuki no Inori"
Released June 4, 2003 (2003-06-04)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre J-pop
Length 3:35
Label Avex Trax
Songwriter(s) Mariya Takeuchi
Producer(s) Ōno Hiroaki
Hitomi Shimatani singles chronology
"Akai Sabaku no Densetsu"
(2003)
"Genki o Dashite"
(2003)
"Perseus"
(2003)
"Akai Sabaku no Densetsu"
(2003)
"Genki o Dashite"
(2003)
"Perseus"
(2003)

Hitomi Shimatani covered this song and released it as her 11th single on June 4, 2003. It was as a theme song for 7 of the 27 serial dramas in NHK's special NHK Yoru no Renzoku Dorama serial dramas, over a period of 6 and 1/2 months.

Shimatami performed the song at the 54th Kōhaku Uta Gassen annual New Year's Eve music variety show at the end of 2003.

The song appears on her third album Gate: Scena III as the Gate Version. This version is the version used for her 2003 greatest hits album, Delicious!: The Best of Hitomi Shimatani. The original version appears on her second greatest hits album, Best & Covers, released in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Genki o Dashite (元気を出して?, Cheer Up)" Mariya Takeuchi Tatsuro Yamashita 3:35
2. "Tsuki no Inori (ツキノイノリ?, Moon Prayer)" Mizue, Yasunari Kawabata Keiji Tanabe 5:00
3. "Genki o Dashite (Instrumental) (元気を出して?, Cheer Up)" Mariya Takeuchi Tatsuro Yamashita 3:35
4. "Tsuki no Inori (Instrumental) (ツキノイノリ?, Moon Prayer)" Mizue, Yasunari Kawabata Keiji Tanabe 5:00

Chart Rankings[edit]

Oricon Charts (Japan)[1][edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
June 4, 2003 (2003-06-04) Oricon Daily Singles Chart
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 10 15,908 40,843 10 weeks
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart

Various charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
CDTV Top 100[2] 11

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Rowena Ellen Cortes (1987, Hon Kong)
  • Patrick Tam (1989, Hong Kong)
  • Jessica:Lín Yŭpíng (1991, Qīngxĭng-Zhī Hòu, album Jiŭbié Chóngféng, Taiwan)
  • Cyndi Wang:Wáng Xīn Líng (2005, Dăqĭ Jīngshén Lái, album Cyndi with U, Taiwan)
  • Chara (2009, single Kataomoi B-side)
  • Junichi Inagaki (2009, single Christmas Carol no Koro ni B-side)
  • Hiromi Iwasaki (2006, album Dear Friends III)
  • Juju (2008, single Yasashisa de Afureru You ni B-side)
  • Shizuka Kudō (2002, album Shōwa no Kaidan Vol.1)
  • Mana Kana (2009, album Futari no Uta 2)
  • Mitsuki (2008, single Natsu no Montage B-side)
  • Aoi Teshima (2008, album Niji no Kashū)
  • Hideaki Tokunaga (2007, album Vocalist 3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2009-11-14.  (subscription only)
  2. ^ CDTV