I for You

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"I for You"
I for You.jpg
Single by Luna Sea
from the album Shine
B-side "With"
Released July 1, 1998
Format 8cm CD
Genre Alternative rock
Label Universal
Writer(s) Luna Sea
Producer(s) Luna Sea
Luna Sea singles chronology
"Shine"
(1998)
"I for You"
(1998)
"Gravity"
(2000)

"I for You" is the eleventh single by Japanese rock band Luna Sea, released on July 1, 1998. It reached number 2 on the Oricon singles chart and was the 49th best-selling single of the year. It was the third and last in a serial release after the band's hibernation from 1997 to early 1998.

Overview[edit]

Original scores for "I for You" were composed by Sugizo as an orchestrated version; although it was first written around 1993, it had not been considered for recording until later, when an opportunity appeared for creating a theme song for a TV drama. The final version of the song was furnished with revisions by Ryuichi. Sugizo's mother is featured playing the cello.

During the recording of "I for You", guitarist hide of X Japan, who was a close friend with members of the band, died. Some of the lyrics are described as a tribute to him by the members.[citation needed] It was used as the theme song for the Japanese TV drama God, Please Give Me More Time (神様、もう少しだけ Kamisama, mō Sukoshi dake?), which was also aired overseas in Asia and helped to popularize the band internationally, leading to their First Asian Tour the following year.

The B-side "With" was originally composed by Inoran around 1994. Clock ticking appears near the end of the song, connecting it to the first track of Shine, "Time Has Come".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I for You" - 5:30
  2. "With" - 5:57

Reception[edit]

"I for You" reached number 2 on the Oricon singles chart,[1] and was the 49th best-selling single of the year with 481,390 copies sold.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Ryuichi recorded his own version of "I for You" for his 2006 cover album, Evergreen. It was also covered by Juichi Morishige of Ziggy for 2007's Luna Sea Memorial Cover Album -Re:birth-.[3] Inzargi, vocalist of Megamasso, also covered it for his 2012 cover album.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oricon artists archive". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. ^ "What's This Year - Music 1998". interq.or.jp. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Luna Sea Memorial Cover Album -Re:birth-". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Megamasso's Vocalist INZARGI to Release Cover Album". jpopasia.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20.