Sunday, November 9, 2014
Folder5 -- Final Fun-Boy
Folder5 was a cute Avex aidoru group that was active in the early 00s with a mixture of idol-pop and Eurobeat. In reality, they were a spin-off from a grop called Folder, which consisted of five girls and two boys. The five girls, after Folder’s disbandment, were put together in Folder5. Maybe thanks to Morning Musume.’s (モーニング娘。) success, Avex thought it was lucrative to maintain an aidoru group.
From Folder5’s singles, one that I like a lot is “Final Fun-Boy”, which was released as the group’s fifth single in June 2001. Like many of their songs, it has a light Eurobeat feel, and it’s understandable because the late 90s and early 00s experienced a heavy Eurobeat/Para Para fever, thanks to SMAP’s Takuya Kimura (木村拓哉), who danced Para Para on popular TV show SMAPxSMAP in the late 90s.
Back to “Final Fun-Boy”, I always wondered what the title meant... without much success, of course. Besides the weird title, it was fun to sing along with English lines such as “tell me why final fun boy” or “show me why final fun boy” (I can see this song as an easy choice for karaoke). In the end, it’s an infectious and energetic pop tune with a very catchy chorus.
“Final Fun-Boy” reached #14 on the Oricon charts, selling 49,410 copies. Lyrics, music and arrengement were all done by PIPELINE PROJECT.