At a press conference for Meiji on January 12th, AKB48's official rival Nogizaka46 announced the title of their debut single to be [Guruguru Curtain]. The single will release on Febrary 22nd with 5 versions.
Nogizaka46 1st Single
22 February 2012
Guruguru Curtain has been described as Nogizaka46's version of Skirt, Hirari, one of AKB48's early singles. The dance features quite a lot of skirt flipping movements, and they even lift up each other's skirts!
The senbatsu members have already been announced in a previous post.
Like I said above, Guruguru Curtain will be used as the theme song for their collaboration CM with Meiji, [Meiji Tezukuri Chocolates] (Meiji handmade chocolates). There are 5 different versions of the CM, each starring different members. The CM has already started airing since February 14th.
All different versions shown in the bellow embed.
I quite like Guruguru Curtain. Although it's the usual generic idol song, it's catchy enough to stick in my mind. I was kinda hoping for something darker for their debut single. But not all is lost!
On tonight's Nogizaka tte, doko? (120115 airing), Nogizaka46 performed for the first time their new song [Aitakatta Kamoshirenai], their version of AKB48's hit song Aitakatta. It wasn't announced but this will probably be one of the coupling songs of Guruguru Curtain.
You can listen to it here:
You can see the shock the 3 hosts had when they first heard the song. When I first heard it I was all WTF this is weird, but then I realized it was actually quite good. After 3 years of listening to the same old thing performed at every AKB48 concert, this is a good refreshment.
Instead of a happy song Nogizaka46's version is more darker and rock 'n' roll. It has the exact same lyrics, the same dance moves, but this is just much more BADASS. Totally different vibe compared to the original version which is super happy, and in my opinion better.
It was a great decision for Nogizaka46 to remake the song that represents AKB48 with their own tunes. It just screams "We're gonna beat you at your own game". And the best part is that they both have the same producer. Whatever Aki-P was drinking when he thought of that, he needs to drink it more.
A win comment I found on facebook
they should change the lyrics coz they sound like riding motorbikes than bicycles rofl
This might be just what I need to get into Nogizaka46. Since it started I have been watching their weekly show Nogizaka tte, doko? however I just didn't really find them that interesting. Since they are rivals I treat them just like any other underground idol group, but they just didn't stand out to me. However after seeing their awesome version of Aitakatta I'm starting to like them. Guruguru Curtain is quite good too.
OFFTOPIC: The other underground idol groups I like are Sakura Gakuin, Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku, and Himekyun