Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi
|"Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi"|
|Single by Puffy|
|from the album Jet-CD|
|Puffy singles chronology|
"Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" (これが私の生きる道?, "This is the Street Where I Live") is the 2nd single released by the Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi on October 7, 1996. It sold over 1.5 million copies and was their first #1 hit. They won "Japan Record Award for Best New Artist" in 1996.
A Mandarin version of the song was released as a single in China and Taiwan in late 1998 and can be found on their compilation album The Very Best of Puffy/amiyumi Jet Fever. A remix of this version is also on their 2003 remix album PRMX Turbo.
- "Kore ga Watashi no Ikirumichi" (Monaural)
- "Yuki ga Furu Machi" (Unicorn cover)
- "Kore ga Watashi no Ikirumichi" (Stereo Karaoke)
- "Yuki ga Furu Machi" (Original Karaoke)
Phrases and harmonies
In 2012, Tamio Okuda explained it in the magazine PEN's interview featured the Beatles:
"I thought it would be fun if women played a song as a parody of the Beatles a little bit. If I played it, it would only become a song that was merely parodied by the man who liked the Beatles. But I thought it would be OK if Puffy played it."
The song became the first Puffy single to debut at number 1, selling 402,920 copies that week (until date,[when?] Puffy's biggest first-week sales of a single); the track stayed for another two weeks at the top of the chart and became Puffy's longest reign at number one, selling 735,230 copies only in its first three weeks; it stayed nine non-consecutive weeks at the top 10. The song remained for 16 weeks on the chart and sold 1.566.060 copies, Puffy's biggest selling single. On the J-Wave chart, the song debuted at number 85 and in its fifth week peaked at number 12; it remained on the chart for 20 weeks, Puffy's longest run on the chart.
Oricon Sales Chart
J-Wave Airplay Chart
|J-Wave Tokio Hot 100||12|
In popular culture
- "Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi" was featured in the Japan-only games Donkey Konga 3 and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2. Called Rabbids Party Returns
- A chiptune rendition also appeared in the Japan-only Sega Pico game Minna de Karaoke! Issho ni Utaou Suki na Uta!.
- The song also featured in the pilot episode of the television series Heroes and a remix appeared in the French/Japanese action film Wasabi.
- Parts of the song were notable for being used in a 1996 commercial for Japanese brand Tessera 'Juicy-Juicy' shampoo.
- The song was used for the ending theme of the television anime adaptation of ReLIFE, Episode 05, "Overlap", in July, 2016.
- Oricon profile and interview (in Japanese)
- PUFFY 裏Hit＆Fun スタッフによる全楽曲解説. Sony Music. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
- ビートルズ全米進出を阻んだのは「上を向いて歩こう」だった!?. livedoor news. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
- Oricon Style
- "Tokio Hot 100 Chart – 1996.11.3 (see "1996–11– 1")". J-Wave. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会 > 各種統計 > その他のデータ > 年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 > 1996年 "(RIAJ - Statistics - Other Data - List of million-certified compact discs by year - 1996)" Check
|url=value (help). riaj.or.jp (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved June 21, 2010.