Sometime Samurai

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"Sometime Samurai"
Towa Tei - Sometime Samurai single cover.png
Promotional single by Towa Tei featuring Kylie Minogue
from the album Flash
Released February 2005
Recorded 1996 (Sangenjaya, Setagaya, Japan) (demo);
2003 (London) (vocal re-recording)
Length 3:39
  • Voltage Unlimited
  • V2
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Towa Tei
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Towa Tei
Flash track listing
"Milky Way"
"Sometime Samurai"
"Different Nu Nu"

"Sometime Samurai" is a song written and performed by Japanese music producer Towa Tei and Australian singer Kylie Minogue for Tei's album Flash (2005). It was originally recorded as a demo alongside "GBI (German Bold Italic)" in 1996, but remained unreleased for eight years until Minogue had the opportunity to re-record her vocals in 2003. Before its inclusion on Flash, the song has been mentioned on Minogue's book Kylie: La La La. The song, written about Minogue's then boyfriend, photographer Stéphane Sednaoui.

It was released in Japan as a radio promotional single to promote the release of Flash and since has become one of Tei's most successful songs on radio in Japan, reaching the top ten on the Tokio Hot 100 radio chart. A music video was also made for the song, but did not feature Minogue because she was busy touring her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.

Background and composition[edit]

In 1996, coming back to a studio in Sangenjaya, Setagaya, Japan after going for drinks, Towa Tei received a hand-written fax that had "a picture of some sort" on it that said: "Music with you! Kylie. Call Me".[2][3] She then came to perform in Japan and met Tei, they tried to make some songs for her album at Sangenjaya.[4] The outputs from the session were "GBI (German Bold Italic)" and a demo of "Sometime Samurai" with Chisato Moritaka's drums part was already being included.[3][5] "GBI" was later released as a single in 1997, while the other had been left without completion.[5]

Minogue especially liked "Sometime Samurai", but her record company didn't get it, and it was ignored. By the time Tei was working on his fifth studio album Flash in late 2003, Minogue contacted Tei for the first in years, she said: "I can't get over that song either. I should be able to sing it better now, so I'd like to re-record it. Can you come to London?" The song was finally completed in London and was later included on Tei's album.[4][3]

Dan Grunebaum from Japanese English-language magazine Metropolis described the track: "[It] is about as kitschy as they come, with the lithesome Minogue burbling over a four-to-the-floor house beat and elastic, sampled sitars."[1]

Release and reception[edit]

The song debuted on the Tokio Hot 100 chart show on February 27, 2015 at number 97.[6]

The song was used for a commercial celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Kewpie, the most popular brand of Japanese mayonnaise, in 2005.[7][1]


The music video for the song was directed by Daniel Gorrel and edited by Evan Andrews.[8]

"Sometime Samurai" is featured as a backdrop interlude video on Minogue's KylieX2008 concert tour.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Japanese promotional radio CD single[9]
  1. "Sometime Samurai" (Radio edit) - 3:39
  • Japanese limited released Melody / Sometime Samurai 12" EP[10]
  1. "Melody" - 6:13
  2. "Melodypella" - 2:24
  3. "Risk Some Soul" - 4:33
  4. "Sometime Samurai" - 3:58
  5. "Red Card Jumbo" - 0:44

Charts and certifications[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c "Towa Tei ロングインタビュー(後編)" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Hiroshi, Ota (May 3, 2005). "第12回 ─ ゲスト:テイ・トウワ(2)". Tower Records Japan (in Japanese). Tower Records Japan Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
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  7. ^ Itoh, Makiko (March 22, 2013). "Why not just add a dollop of mayonnaise?". The Japan Times. The Japan Times Ltd. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Evan Andrews' music video works". Cargo Collective, Inc. Cargo Collective, Inc. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Towa Tei – Sometime Samurai (Japanese CD)". Discogs. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Towa Tei – Melody / Sometime Samurai". Discogs. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Tokio Hot 100 archive: April 17, 2005". Tokio Hot 100. J-Wave Inc. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Tokio Hot 100 - 2005 Special Chart". Tokio Hot 100. J-Wave Inc. Retrieved August 22, 2016.