Song of the Week: UHHO UHHOHO

The AKB Theater has a plethora of songs that many casual fans don’t know, so we created this segment to highlight one of our personal favorites every week. Here’s the latest!

Song: UHHO UHHOHO
Discography: K6th Album
Original Performers: Oshima Yuko, Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Itano Tomomi, Ono Erena, Kikuchi Ayaka, Matsui Sakiko, Fujie Reina, Minegishi Minami, Uchida Mayumi, Nakatsuka Tomomi, Yonezawa Rumi, Nito Moeno, Tanabe Miku, Kikuchi Ayaka, Umeda Ayaka

Performance Notes:
Location: 2010 Yoyogi ‘Suprise wa Arimasen’ Concert
Original Unit: Yes

This song gave me the idea that idols are not only the ideal image of youth, but are also Japan’s cheerleaders.  From the idols of old, there has been a gradual shift in the tone of idol songs.  Songs in the 70’s and 80’s were mostly of songs from a naive girl’s  egocentric point of view about different aspects of life but in the past decade the scope has broadened; introducing a lot of songs written to lift people who were going through hard times.  It’s one of the reasons I think Morning Musume’s ‘Love Machine’ was spectacularly well-received.

Idol songs still sing about love and life’s frivolities, but they’ve also made room for a large number of “Go-get’em” and “Never give up” songs that have a lot of the same appeal that Shounen-type manga and anime do, which is why many use idol songs for their openings and endings.

This song has such uplifting qualities, but again, with the twist of having a large number of singers.  I can’t express enough how that alone can transform the entire essence of a song and make it unique.  This song can’t be sung by one person, or two, or five—you need a team of people to pull this song off.  The mild, humorous theatrics sprinkled in the choreography is well done and it’s great to see this song performed live in front of thousands of cheering fans. It’s uplifting, silly, and cool all at once, emphasizing all the things that make idols great; Something Team K does especially well.

Dae

About Dae Lee

-Dae, aka Mizu -Writer, broadcaster, and podcaster on New School Kaidan

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