Biyuden is disbanding?
I’ll admit right off I didn’t “discover” Biyuden until 2006. I knew they were around, had heard of them, but didn’t take the time to listen to them as my devotion to solely Morning Musume was pretty strong at the start. (My second H!P group was W, followed by Melon Kinenbi…. then I discovered Biyuden) The first song (and PV) I sampled was Issai Gassai Anata ni A-Ge-Ru which I thought was terribly, infectiously adorable. I had actually heard Kacchoii ze! JAPAN before this, but had no idea what I was listening to at the time other than the fact that I liked it. When Aisucreamu to My Purin came out (and what a great single it was) I thought this was a group to pay attention to. Koisuru Angel Heart was a solid follow up, though I abhored Jaja Uma Paradise. Despite that, I thought they were on pretty solid ground, so what happened?
Perhaps H!P thought it was time for a change. Perhaps they’re going to start pushing the hell out of Ongaku Gatas. On that note I’ll shamefully admit to just noticing Rika in OG a week or two ago. I mean, I knew she was in there, saw her in the PV, but it didn’t register as I was too busy looking out for Yossie, Konkon, Mai and Arisa. When it finally clicked and I saw her I was kind of shocked. My first thought was, What about Biyuden? Now apparently, I have my answer.
I’m kind of sad about this news, but not really all that surprised. Maybe it is time to shake things up over at H!P. There’s been some comments about the future of the “Elders Club” being in jeopardy, and I couldn’t agree more. Excluding Biyuden, let’s take a look at the members:
– Nakazawa Yuko – maybe releases a single a year
– Abe Natsumi – ditto
– Yasuda Kei – seems to have regulated herself to variety shows
– Yaguchi Mari – semi-retired (this is a damn tragedy)
– Ongaku Gatas – Yossie, Konkon & Mai
– GAM – Miki & Aya – questionable future following Miki’s “scandal”
– Inaba Atsuko – back up vocalist
– Ayaka – needs to join Ongaku Gatas
– Melon Kinenbi – been on the shelf too long, need some attention STAT
– Maeda Yuki – releases a new single once a decade
Of the groups and soloists, only 1 group is currently active, visible and releasing stuff. That group being Ongaku Gatas. Melon Kinenbi kind of count, but they haven’t had a real solid backing from H!P for a while now. It’s almost like they’re adrfit in their own raft, attatched to H!P by a tremulous life line. You know, I’m actually more surprised that Melon Kinenbi hasn’t been disbanded, or that the girls haven’t split the label and tried their luck elsewhere. They are a solid group of singers and they are constantly given the shaft.
Anyway, back to Biyuden…. Rika aside as she currently has a group, I’m more worried about the future of Erika and Yui whom I both really like. I think there’s some real talent there, that given a greater push, could really shine. I hope they get a fair chance. There’s some hints dropped about possible solo careers? Perhaps H!P are looking to fill that sexy gap left when Maki left?