Wagamama Ki No Mama Ai No Joke By Morning Musume

Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai No Joke is the 54th major single by girl group Morning Musume released in 2013. It is one of the group’s best singles even though it is not ranked as one of their most popular songs. An instant classic!

wagamama ki no mama ai no joke cover

The girl group Morning Musume (now known as Morning Musume 16) came out with what was their 54th single called Selfish, Easy Going Jokes of Love.

wagamama ki no mama ai no joke cover
The cover for Wagamama Ki No Mama Ai No Joke Regular Edition Type A.

I am listing the name of the single in English first to make it easier for readers to understand. The single was released on August 28, 2013. The single comes in seven different editions. There are 2 regular and five limited editions of the single. The single is actually called Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke/Ai no Gundan. I would be doing a major disservice if I did not write about this amazing song. This post will also discuss some of the events that have happened in the long history of Morning Musume and how they have survived for so long as a group. The single came out just before Morning Musume celebrated their 16th anniversary as a group. There are different versions of this song including a Masaki Sato solo version and a solo version performed by Ayumi Ishida of Sendai!

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Ayumi Ishida of the girl group Morning Musume 16 and she is from the city of Sendai. Ayumi is dressed in a bikini for one of her photo book sessions.

Track listing for the regular edition Type A

 

  1. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke
  2. Ai no Gundan  (Army of Love)
  3. Bouya  (Boy)
  4. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke (Instrumental version)
  5. Ai no Gundan (Instrumental version)

Track listing for the regular edition Type B

  1. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke
  2. Ai no Gundan
  3. Funwari Koibito Ichinensei  (Gentle First Year Lover)
  4. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai no Joke (Instrumental)
  5. Ai no Gundan (Instrumental version)

Some interesting facts about Wagamama ki no Mama Ai no Joke/Ai no Gundan

  • It became the group’s greatest selling single since Koko ni Iruzee! (2002)
  • It also became the 3rd #1 selling single for the group. The last time that such a feat was reached by the group was back in 2001.
  • This was the last single for the group under the name of Morning Musume.
  • The single reached #1 on the weekly Oricon music charts selling 158, 915 copies.
  • The single also reached #41 on the Oricon Yearly Music charts for 2013.
  • It also became the highest selling single for Hello! Project in 2013.

The members that became featured for this single were:

  1. Sayumi Michishige (then the band leader)
  2. Mizuki Fukumura (band leader since November 2014)
  3. Erina Ikuta
  4. Riho Sayashi (graduated on December 31, 2015)
  5. Kanon Suzuki
  6. Ayumi Ishida
  7. Haruna Iikubo (sub-leader of Morning Musume 16)
  8. Masaki Sato
  9. Haruka Kudo
  10. Sakura Oda (Oda Sakura)

This single is the follow-up single to the group’s 53rd single called Brainstorming/Kimi Sae Ireba/Nani mo Iranai. It is a double A-side kind of single and it was the last one to feature Reina Tanaka as a member. Tanaka would graduate from Morning Musume on May 21, 2013 to focus on her other band called Lovendor. And in spite of being overtaken in popularity by AKB48, Morning Musume did not quit as a group and they kept on releasing singles and albums. The group would celebrate its 16th anniversary in September 2013. Their producer TSUNKU would decide to change the group’s name to Morning Musume 14. The reason given for the change is so that fans could know which single was released in what year. For 2015, the group became known as Morning Musume 15.

What is even more remarkable about Morning Musume 15 is that they have survived as a group in spite of the scandal that Miki Fujimoto was involved in, the extramarital affair by Mari Yaguchi, and the smoking scandal by Ai Kago. In spite of these personal issues with their members, the group showed their strength and cohesiveness as a unit and continued to sing on stage, record albums, and go on tours. Morning Musume 15 would even go to New York City to hold a concert there. In Japanese culture, you have to sacrifice your interests and take into consideration what is best for the group. For example, members of Morning Musume 15 and other idol groups cannot date or be romantically involved with members of the opposite gender. They have to do what is best for the group and not focus on their own desires if those desires go against the rules and policies set forth by management. This kind of dedication to the group is what has made Morning Musume 15 as strong and cohesive as a musical group. Morning Musume 15 now has two of the cutest members. These members are Erina Ikuta and the very cute Ayumi Ishida of Sendai. The group has released 14 studio albums and they have their single called Oh My Wish which was released on August 19, 2015. Since the release of that single, the group has released Tsumetai Kaze To Kataomoi. The song reached the top of the Oricon charts in December 2015. The group has seen one of its members leave the entertainment industry for good. That member is Makoto Ogawa who officially left her agency and retired on March 31, 2015. I wrote a while ago that it was my belief that Miki Fujimoto and Makoto Ogawa were the prettiest singers that Morning Musume had. However, there are so many of them that are pretty that it is tough to say which member is the prettiest one of all. But one thing is for sure: the single just described above is one of my favorite songs from this group. Wagamama Ki no Mama Ai No Joke should have sold more copies than it did because it is a classic, high energy kind of pop song.

 

 

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