Rusty Nail (song)

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"Rusty Nail"
Single by X Japan
from the album Dahlia
Released June 10, 1994
Format 8cm CD
Recorded One on One Recording, Sedic, Sound City Studio
Length 5:27
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Yoshiki
X Japan singles chronology
"Rusty Nail"
"Rusty Nail"

"Rusty Nail" is the tenth single by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, released on June 10, 1994.


It was written and composed by Yoshiki, later appeared on the album Dahlia, and was used as the theme song for the 1994 Japanese TV drama Kimi ga Mienai (君が見えない).[1]

Swedish metal band Dragonland added a cover of the song to the Japanese edition of their 2004 album Starfall.[2] Changmin of Tohoshinki covered the song during the band's fifth Japanese tour, Tone: Live Tour 2012.[3][4] It was also covered by Inugami Circus-dan for Crush! 3 - 90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei artists of the 90's.[5]

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos have been made for "Rusty Nail". The first is an anime version created in 1994 in collaboration with manga artists Clamp, that includes cartoon versions of the band members. It was included on VHS with the 1999 Perfect Best compilation album. In September 2014, the video was uploaded to Yoshiki's YouTube account.[6]

The second was released on the X Japan Showcase in L.A. Premium Prototype DVD on September 6, 2010. Directed by Aaron Platt and mainly shot as the band performed live on top of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California in January 2010,[7] it has the sound of the audience added to the audio.

In the video game X Japan Virtual Shock 001, released for the Sega Saturn on October 20, 1995, the player edits a live video of "Rusty Nail" using footage from the Shiroi Yoru concert.[8][9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number 1 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 20 weeks.[10] In 1994, with 712,390 copies sold was the 28th best-selling single of the year, being certified Platinum by RIAJ,[11] is the band's second best-selling single.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Yoshiki.

No. Title Length
1. "Rusty Nail" 5:27
2. "Rusty Nail (Original Karaoke)" 5:27


  • Co-Producer – X Japan
  • Orchestra arranger – Neko Saito
  • Mixing – Mick Ging
  • Recording engineers – Rich Breen, Mick Ging, Shinichi Tanaka, Motonari Matsumoto
  • Assistant engineers – Mike Stock, Tal Miller, Naoya Takahashi
  • Mastering – Chris Bellman
  • A&R direction – Yoshinobu Toida
  • Art direction and design – Mitsuo Izumisawa
  • Executive producers – Takayuki Takeshi, Sekiji Murata, Ryuzo "Jr." Kosugi


  1. ^ "Rusty Nail" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Starfall". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  3. ^ "東方神起チャンミン、SMTOWNにソロ出演「WeAreT!」" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  4. ^ "東方神起の全国アリーナツアーがファイナル。さいたまスーパーアリーナで3万2000人が「We are “T”」" (in Japanese). Barks. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Crush! 3-90's V-Rock best hit cover LOVE songs-". Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  6. ^ "X JAPAN「Rusty Nail」アニメ版PVを公開" (in Japanese). Natalie. 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  7. ^ "X JAPAN、LAの空を切り裂いた未曾有のシューティング" (in Japanese). 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  8. ^ "X Japan Virtual Shock 001 information". 
  9. ^ "FAQ for X-Japan Virtual Shock 001 (Sega Saturn)". 
  10. ^ X JAPANのシングル売り上げランキング. (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "月次認定作品 認定年月:1994年 7月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 

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