Candies (band)

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Candies
Background information
Origin  Japan Tokyo
Genres Pop, Rock, Folk
Years active 1973–1978
Labels CBS Sony (old)
Sony Music (new)
Website Sony Music/candies
Members
Ran Ito (Ran)
Yoshiko Tanaka (Sue)
Miki Fujimura (Miki)

The Candies (キャンディーズ) was a famous Japanese singing girl group.[1] The group started in 1973. Their first single was "あなたに夢中" (Anata ni Muchu). The Candies had three members: Ran Ito (伊藤蘭), called Ran; Yoshiko Tanaka (田中好子), called Sue; and Miki Fujimura (藤村美樹), called Miki. Candies were working as a comedian in TV programs as well. It was unprecedented thing through Japanese show business. July 17, 1977. In their concert at Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall (日比谷野外音楽堂), Candies suddenly declared their breakup in spite of its strong popularity.

Member's history[change | change source]

Ran

She was the leader of Candies. When she was a junior high school student, she entered Tokyo music school along with Sue and Miki that met at a campsite. When 5th EP"Toshishita no Otoko no Ko (年下の男の子?)" was released, she became a lead vocal and changed into central position. Fortunately, this change ended in big success. 5th EP became a big hit song for the first time. After that, Candies became known as a popular group in Japan. After Candies breakup, she became an actress in 1980 and is working at show business even now.

Sue

She yearned for The Peanuts and aimed at a singer. At first, her desire met with opposition from her parents. However, she could not change her mind over that. Although she took charge of lead vocal between 1st EP and 4th EP, after that, she was changed into right-hand side position by Manager's idea. After Candies breakup, in common with Ran, she became an actress in 1980 and got many prizes. Unfortunately, she passed away because of breast cancer on April 21, 2011. Before her death, she recorded her speech into a tape recorder to express her lamentation to the sufferers of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. This touching tape was opened to the public on television and Japanese people met with deep sorrow.[2][3]

Miki

She had the biggest ability to understand music among all members. Since her parents were working at a college of music, she was able to get much knowledge of music naturally. Therefore, she did not only sing but also wrote many good songs like "Akogare (あこがれ?)". However, she took charge of lead vocal only once on 16th EP "Wana (わな?)". It was what Ran and Sue proposed. After Candies breakup, she came back to the music industry with her solo album"Yume Koibito (夢恋人?)" in 1983. However, after that, she didn't appear as a singer again and retired entirely from show business.

Trio groups in Japan[change | change source]

When the Candies appeared in 1973, trio groups were rare. When the Candies started, the Candies was completely defeated by solo singers on the hit chart. However, through the Candies' 5th single "My younger boyfriend" in 1975, these ideas disappeared. After that, Candies grew and became a bigger group.

Music style[change | change source]

The Candies often appeared on television as an idol group. However, the Candies has various musical styles: pop, rock, funk, folk song and others. The Candies are not just an idol group but are also professional singers.

Discography[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

These songs can be listened to on Youtube.

Lead vocal : Sue (1,2,3,4) Ran (5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18) Miki (16)

Title Year
1 Anata ni Muchū (あなたに夢中?) 1973
2 Soyokaze no Kuchizuke (そよ風のくちづけ?) 1974
3 Abunai Doyōbi (危い土曜日?) 1974
4 Namida no Kisetsu (なみだの季節?) 1974
5 Toshishita no Otoko no Ko (年下の男の子?) 1975
6 Uchiki na Aitsu (内気なあいつ?) 1975
7 Sono Ki ni Sasenaide (その気にさせないで?) 1975
8 Heart no Ace ga Detekonai (ハートのエースが出てこない?) 1975
9 Haru Ichiban (春一番?) 1976
10 Natsu ga Kita! (夏が来た!?) 1976
11 Heart Dorobō (ハート泥棒?) 1976
12 Aishū no Symphony (哀愁のシンフォニー?) 1976
13 Yasashii Akuma (やさしい悪魔?) 1977
14 Shochū Omimai Mōshiagemasu (暑中お見舞い申し上げます?) 1977
15 Un Deux Trois (アン・ドゥ・トロワ?) 1977
16 Wana (わな?) 1977
17 Hohoemi Gaeshi (微笑がえし?) 1978
18 Tsubasa (つばさ?) 1978

Videos[change | change source]

Title Mode
1 Candies Forever (1978 Final Carnival)
DVD
2 Candies Treasure (1977-1978 Live)
DVD
3 Candies Treasure VOL.1 (1977 Live) Blu-ray
4 Candies Treasure VOL.2 (1977 Live) Blu-ray
5 Candies Treasure VOL.3 (1978 Live) Blu-ray
6 Candies Treasure VOL.4 (TV Live) Blu-ray

The Final Carnival[change | change source]

The Final Carnival was the Candies' last concert. It was on 4 April 1978 at Korakuen Stadium. The Japanese called it the legend concert. It was the first female music group concert to be held at a baseball stadium. The audience was about 55,000 and the show lasted 4 hours. After that, this concert was shown to the public on television in Japan and got 32% program rating. A part of the concert was released on video and DVD.[4] However, in spite of passionate requests from Candies fans, the complete version has not been released yet. Some songs of The Final Carnival can be seen on YouTube.

References[change | change source]

  1. Oricon news - The reason why Candies has been loved for 37 years.
  2. Oricon news - My life was happy.
  3. Japan Today
  4. Candies Foever

Other websites[change | change source]