Tokyo Tower: Chapter 6
Tokyo Tower ~Me & My Radio, & sometimes My Mom~
(A semi-autobiography by Fukuyama Masaharu)
1992.01.10 Thursday Morning 3 am
In the legendary radio programme “All Night Nippon”, a new radio host was born.
Since going to Tokyo in the summer of 1987, it had been 5 years. Having fulfilled one dream, this artist is about to achieve another. This was the 23-year old Fukuyama Masaharu.
And this is the remarkable story of the 18-year old who set out from his hometown Nagasaki to become crowned as “Radio’s National Treasure” in Tokyo 20 years later.
This “arrogant, conceited and filthy-minded idiot”, after 2 years of protective observation (?), was finally able to fulfill his dream, and release the single CD “Tsuioku no Ame no Naka”. A month later, my first album “Dengon” was also released. And they sold like hotcakes!!……Not! As expected, they came out without so much of a sizzle.
What I did get, was a lot of free time. I was just spending money every day. Needless to say, I found it difficult to make ends meet. After my debut, I had to take on part-time day jobs without telling the Office. That’s right, at that time I was “stupid and filthy-minded and loved pachinko and worked in the Nippon Express warehouse”.
1990.05.04 My first Live in Egg-man Shinjuku
For me then, that was one thing I was very clear about, “This is not what I want”. But what was I looking for? I had no idea. Despite having told them: “Please let me do what I want”, my songs could not sell at all. Even so, I wanted very much to move forward. But I had neither the ability nor the luck. When I finally realized this, I decided to shed some of my ‘pride’.
“We’re looking for someone to sing the CM song for Kikuchi Momoko-san (菊池桃子さん).” The CM song was not my own creation, but I took the job anyway.
1990.11.07 My second single “Access” (「アクセス」)
Besides myself, there were other people recording this song too. It was my first CM song. Despite everything, it wasn’t without benefits. The headlines “Kikuchi Momoko openly supports Fukuyama Masaharu!” splashed across the newspapers. When Kikuchi Momoko-san from the CM handed me the bouquet on (my live) stage, it was the first time I was on the news with a “beautiful actress from Tokyo”.
1991.02.21 My third single “Kaze wo Sagashiteru” (「風をさがしてる」Seeking the Wind)
1991.03.21 My second album “LION”
Like before, my CDs were still not selling. But gradually, more and more people were coming to the Live House. There were so many that the railing at the venue got bent. And during summer, some of the audience had fainted from lack of oxygen. When I saw the enthusiasm overflowing from the Live House concerts, I started to think: “Even if my CDs couldn’t sell, maybe I could still hold a concert in the Budokan (武道館).”
So when I was invited to take part in a TV drama series, I rejected it: “Please wait a while longer, until, at least my Live House shows are full.” I was without a doubt “stupid and filthy-minded and loved pachinko and worked in the Nippon Express warehouse”. As such, my first TV acting was in the series “Ashita ga Aru Kara” (「あしたがあるから」There is always tomorrow) from TBS. That I would be known as an “actor” before a “singer” made me feel uneasy, but the “rock actor” Fukuyama Masaharu was able to gain public recognition.
1991.10.21 My fourth single “WOH WOW/Tada Boku ga Kawatta” (「WOH WOW／ただ僕がかわった」
Only I’ve Changed)
1991.11.06 My third album “BROS”
Then on 1992.01.10, I was able to realize another one of my dreams, to become a radio host for “All Night Nippon”. Through the auditions, I had taken one step closer to becoming an “All Night Nippon” Radio Host.
“So this is what it feels like when you finally get something you’ve been dreaming of…” I had never felt so touched before.
Shocking people with my provocative discussions and adult jokes, and using that as an attraction, I had started working my way steadily along the path, which would ultimately lead to the title: “Radio’s National Treasure”. In April, I was to star in another TV drama.
1992.04 Starred in TBS drama series “Ai wa Dou da”(「愛はどうだ」What about love?)
And released the drama’s second theme song “Good Night”
Good Night Good Night
作詞・作曲：福山雅治 編曲：松本晃彦 Music & Lyrics: Fukuyama Masaharu Arrangement: Matsumoto Akihiko
君を大切に思えば思うほど The more you mean to me
してあげたいことが増えて The more I want to do for you
僕をわかってもらえるように So you can understand me more
今度は僕の好きな場所へ連れてくよ This time I’m going to take you to my favourite place
少しずつでも2人は近づいて行けるように I hope we can get closer, even if it just happens little by little
君のことを話してほしいよ I want you to tell me about yourself
まだ知らないことばかりだから Because there’s so much I don’t know
ただあてもなく ただ静けさが広がる The silence just spreads out aimlessly
まだ君のこと 今日もひとりじめできずに Today, once again, I can’t have you to myself
あの角ハンドル切れば 今夜は…おやすみ At the corner I flip the door handle, and for tonight…it’s goodnight
At that time, I would feel terribly embarrassed to write songs about love, I couldn’t do it. The first love song I ever wrote was “Good Night”. And the first time someone praised me: “That’s a good song!” was also for this one.
~ End of Chapter 6 ~
Tokyo Tower Series
Chapter 1 (I / II) ………. Chapter 4 (I / II) ………. Childhood Chapter
Chapter 2 (I / II) ………. Chapter 5 / 6 / 7 ………..Mother’s Day Chapter
Chapter 3 (I / II) ………. Final Chapter (I / II)
Translated from Fukuyama Honne (Articles 516 & 518)
Original posted on ANN TamaRadi blog 2007.04.17 written by Fukuyama Masaharu
English lyrics referenced from here
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