Silent Jealousy

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"Silent Jealousy"
Silent Jealousy.jpg
Single by X
from the album Jealousy
Released September 11, 1991
Format 8cm CD
Genre
Length 13:24
Label Sony
Producer(s) X
X singles chronology
"Week End"
(1990)
"Silent Jealousy"
(1991)
"Standing Sex"
(1991)
"Week End"
(1990)
"Silent Jealousy"
(1991)
"Standing Sex"
(1991)

"Silent Jealousy" is a single released by X Japan (then named X) on September 11, 1991.

Summary[edit]

The song's structure is comparable to "Kurenai", opening with a calm intro, performed on a single instrument, followed by a speed metal composition with symphonic elements. It also includes a short excerpt of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" during the piano-driven bridge. The B-side is an alternate version of "Sadistic Desire", originally featured on the band's debut album Vanishing Vision.

Live recordings of "Silent Jealousy" can be found on the "Say Anything" single and various releases featuring the band's Tokyo Dome performance on January 7, 1992, as part of the three-day concert series On the Verge of Destruction.

On November 21, 1993, SME Records released (ダブルエックス, Daburu Ekkusu, lit. "Double-X"), a short film based on the manga series X by Clamp and set to X Japan's music. It features a slideshow of the manga's artwork set to a medley of X Japan's "Silent Jealousy", "Kurenai" and "Endless Rain" and a music video for the song "X" directed by Shigeyuki Hayashi.[1]

Australian metal band Lord covered the title song as a bonus track on the Japanese version of their 2007 album Ascendence, with vocals performed by Hideaki Niwa.[2] Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica also covered part of the song during one of the concerts on their Japanese tour and according to Tony Kakko, the song is "absolutely splendid" but some parts are "hyperfast" that it does not suit Sonata Arctica's style well.[3] It also served as wrestler Chris Jericho's one night entrance song for his return to Japan.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song reached number 3 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 18 weeks.[5] In 1991, with 234,950 copies sold was the 58th best-selling single of the year, being certified Gold by RIAJ.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Yoshiki.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Silent Jealousy" Yoshiki 7:19
2. "Sadistic Desire" hide 6:05

Personnel[edit]

X
Other
  • Co-Producer – Naoshi Tsuda
  • Mixer – Rich Breen
  • Cover photo – Michihiro Ikeda

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clamp. Clamp no Kiseki, Vol. 11. Tokyopop. p. 31. 
  2. ^ "アセンデンス". amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Interview / Tony Kakko, chanteur de Sonata Arctica" (in French). La Grosse Radio. 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  4. ^ Chris Jericho (2014). The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea. Hachette UK. ISBN 9781409142300. 
  5. ^ X JAPANのシングル売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "月次認定作品 認定年月:1991年 11月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2017-05-11.