Japanese Rock Singer, Saijo Hideki’s influence on Visual Kei Culture (3/3)

Saijo Hideki collaborated with Visual Kei.

Surprisingly, Saijo Hideki has collaborated with a number of visual-kei musicians, including Yoshiki, Ryuichi Kawamura, and Gackt. In this issue, we take a look back at the many collaborations between Saijo Hideki and Visual Kei. 

Hideki Saijo’s Tribute Album by Rock Artists.  

 On July 24, 1997, a tribute album “Hideki Saijo ROCK Tribute KIDS’ WANNA ROCK!” was released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his debut. The album featured rock musicians who were influenced by Hideki Saijo in their childhood and rearranged his songs in a rock style.

Surprisingly, many Visual kei artists participated in this tribute album. The participation of Gackt (still in MALICE MIZER at the time) is something that Visual-kei fans will not want to miss.

 Collaboration with Yoshiki from X JAPAN.

Yoshiki composed a song called “moment” for Hideki. It is said that Hideki asked Yoshiki to make his song on private dinner and Yoshiki accepted this offer willingly. The song is a beautiful ballad and was released on Aug. 6, 1997.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Collaboration with Ryuichi Kawamura from LUNA SEA.

 Ryuichi Kawamura has been longing for Hideki Saijo from his childhood. He composed Hideki’s song called “Toki no Kizahashi” and wrote lyrics. The song was released on Oct. 17, 2000 and it is a beautiful ballad. 

 A homage song to Hideki Saijo by GOLDEN BOMBER.

Golden Bomber released “Lola no Kizudarake”(ローラの傷だらけ) on Aug.20, 2014. This song is completely different from Hideki Saijo’s original song, “Wounded Laura(傷だらけのローラ),” released on August 25, 1974, but it was written with Hideki Saijo in mind. Both songs have a thing in common that expresses emotional feelings toward loved one.

As seen above, Hideki Saijo has given a big impact on Visual Kei culture and rock music scene in Japan. Many fans are still heartbroken over the loss of Hideki Saijo and will miss him. However, his music will live in our heart forever. Thank you so much for empowering many fans and cheering up all the time!

writer: Nakajima