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BACK-ON featuring on TRF (Tetsuya Komuro Rave Factory) 20th anniversary tribute album with “Where to begin”!

BACK-ON have been busy with their live performances recently, but they have joined forces with some big names in the music industry to record a tribute album for TRF (Tetsuya Komuro Rave Factory) in celebration of the group’s 20th anniversary!

TRF Tribute Album Best cover

For those who may not be familiar with TRF, they are a 5-member chart-topping dance music group that debuted in 1992. The group have released more than 30 singles and 10 albums over their 20 year (and counting) career and were one of the pioneers of having English lyrics in their songs.

Group members include rapper DJ Koo, lead vocalist Yu-ki, and dancers Chiharu, Etsu, and Sam (Wikipedia) and they have all been with TRF from the very beginning.

TRF Group

It is difficult to fully portray how famous they are (the reaction in this video might help!) so I highly recommend taking a look at J!-ENT’s interview with the group in 2007, when they released their 15th anniversary album, as it makes for very interesting reading given their long and impressive history.

So the album TRF Tribute Album Best, which is due out next week on March 13th 2013, will be a 27-track 2-disc mega compilation of TRF songs, each recorded by a different artist, although some chose to do the same songs (“EZ Do Dance” was a popular choice!). We have included the track list of names/songs below and it really is worth taking a look :

TRF Tribute Album Best (AVCD-38676~7) ¥ 3,150 – 13th March 2013
Disc 1
  1. ケツメイシ (Ketsumeishi) – EZ DO DANCE
  2. 倖田來未 (Koda Kumi) – ENGAGED
  3. 中川翔子 (Shoko Nakagawa) – 寒い夜だから…
  4. 東方神起 (TVXQ) – survival dAnce 〜no no cry more〜
  5. 平原綾香 (Ayaka Hirahira) – Overnight Sensation 〜時代はあなたに委ねてる〜
  6. access (Wiki) – CRAZY GONNA CRAZY
  7. BACK-ON – Where to begin
  8. moumoon (Wiki) – masquerade
  10. AAA (Wiki) – Love & Peace Forever(Remix)
  11. girl next door (Wiki) – GOING 2 DANCE(Remix)
  12. m-flo (Wiki) – BOY MEETS GIRL(m-flo Remix)
  13. mitsuyuki miyake from mihimaru GT (Wiki) – LEGEND OF WIND (HopSoul Remix)
  14. SEAMO (Wiki) – 寒い夜だから…(オーバードライブRemix)
Disc 2
  1. 浜崎あゆみ (Ayumi Hamasaki) – Teens
  2. Every Little Thing (Wiki) – BRAVE STORY
  3. Goro Kishitani & Yasufumi Terawaki (DramaWiki – KG | YT ) – Overnight Sensation 〜時代はあなたに委ねてる〜
  4. KEIKO (Wiki) – EZ DO DANCE
  5. T.M.Revolution (Wiki) – Silver & Gold dance
  6. Tomiko Van (Wiki) – TRUTH’94
  8. Youki Kudoh (Wiki) – masquerade
  9. 中田ヤスタカ (Yasutaka Nakata) – EZ DO DANCE retracked by Yasutaka Nakata(capsule)
  10. DABO & JAMOSA (Wiki – Dabo | generasia – Jamosa ) – survival dAnce feat. DABO&JAMOSA 〜reborn〜
  11. INFINITY 16 & GOKIGEN SOUND (Wiki – I16 | J Wiki – GS) – 寒い夜だから… feat. INFINITY16 & GOKIGEN SOUND
  12. WISE (Wiki) – BOY MEETS GIRL feat. WISE 〜reborn〜
  13. -Special Track-
    DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING a.k.a ゆよゆっぺ (Yuyoyuppe) – Unite! The Night! MOtOLOiD Remix

As we highlighted above, BACK-ON decided to cover “Where to begin“, which was the title track of TRF‘s 35th single that reached no. 18 back in 2006. It is an upbeat dance track with some great dance moves if you watch the original MV.  It is probably best to watch it first (if you don’t already know the song) and *then* listen to the 44-second preview clip on the official Tribute site or below. There is a second preview clip (from the start of the song) available from Joshinweb as well!

I only wish the clips were longer! TEEDA‘s rap blends in very smoothly to the song and KENJI03 powers through the high notes in the chorus while guitar riffs play in the background. It’s a unique BACK-ON take and I am really looking forward to listening to the song in full.  Preview clips by other artists are also available on both sites and I am personally impressed by the dubstep that appears to be in TVXQ‘s cover of  survival dAnce 〜no no cry more〜.

What do you think?  Let us know by commenting below :)

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Upcoming content…

Its been a while since the last update (ok… its been a few minutes if you count the Hikari Sasuhou (FK Metal ver.) [Murder Princess OVA OP version] lyrics) as I’ve been away on holiday (I had a lovely time in case you were wondering ;) but I had no access to the internet) but to give you an idea (again) of what you can look forward to on Back-on Online:

  • More lyrics – practice makes perfect and the more I type out lyrics from the album sleeves the faster I can finish it. They do take up time though and with exams on the horizon I can’t promise many, but I will try my best.
  • More media – this is one of the most popular areas of the site and Back-on Online will continue to provide as much content and variety as possible.
  • More Interesting content – as one of the handful of English sites dedicated to Back-on (here I insert unashamed plugs about Sound EX, JaME and J!-ENT as well as Back-on’s Myspace – where backontokyo has mysteriously disappeared but thankfully we still have backonjapan) it’s important to ensure visitors don’t become bored and continue to maintain their interest in the band! I’m still researching the specifics but would welcome any feedback or even any guest articles such as reviews and others from visitors as well, so please feel to free to contact us if you’re interested!

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On that note, I’d like to thank Sowon again for doing such a great job as forum super-mod on the Dedicated Back-on Forums. A special mention must go to Ichiban (or Ichi :p) for being so active as well! She currently holds the title of being top poster! :)

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Short news update about Back-on and a bit about Back-on Online

There isn’t enough for each news ‘bite’ for me to be able to write entire news updates, so I’ve decided to collate them all into one mini-news update.

First on the list – Back-on have officially announced the news of their scheduled appearance at Anime Evolution on their official website. It seems that it will be a live and recorded performance at an outdoor venue, a great setting seeing as this will be in August!

In light of Back-on appearing at both Anime Matsuri and Anime Evolution, J!-ENT have released a spotlight article on the band, written by Dennis A. Amith. He talks about the band’s history (something we haven’t touched on yet at Back-on Online) as well as their recent releases. I would say though that Back-on’s musical style is more similar to Linkin Park than Limp Bizkit. You can read the article yourself by clicking on the link below:


The picture in the article features all of the band, including Icchan, the new drummer. It does look as though he’s been photoshopped in though for some reason hmm… I’d be interested in finding out what readers thought as well so feel free to drop a comment. ^^

So… finally on to the bit about Back-on Online, we now have a proper forum! Again, credit must got to Sowon (now the in-house Super-moderator) for suggesting the idea in the first place. Please do pay a visit and register to join the chat! It is the first forum dedicated to Back-on and I think it has a lot of potential to reach more people!

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