Pink Crows (lost music video animation; 1985)

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Title card to the music video.

Status: Lost

Pink Crows was a cartoon band, produced as a side project of the artist NOBODY. They released three singles in 1985, and later ended that same year. The story behind the fictional band is that they are “a pop group of aliens who came to the earth from far away stars called pop gear.” Their 3rd single Suddenly Want You! was also adopted as the theme song for the anime series Shōwa Ahozōshi Akanuke Ichiban!.

The Music Video

It was initially thought that there was only one music video of the band in existence, which was for the song 彼女はPinkish from the band's second single. It was later discovered that this was actually the band's second music video, however; following the translation of an article about the band that was featured in Anime V magazine. The existence of two music videos is also inferred in an article about the band that was featured in My Anime magazine, but neither article states which song the first music video was made for.

According to the Japanese Wikipedia article for the band, animation company Sunrise was involved in animation production, and an article about them in My Anime magazine's April 1985 issue shows many images that are believed to be taken from a promotional video of the band.

After searching through the tweet history of user STAR_ZANS (who was the first to point out the My Anime article), both the manager of the band and the director of the film has been discovered. The manager of Pink Crows was Mr. Terumi Yoshida, and the director of the film was Mr. Takeji Yamana.

Possible Airings

So far, two Japanese social media posts have been found that discuss a music video for the band Pink Crows; both of them say that they saw it airing on the Japanese music video TV program "Music Tomato".[1]

ピンククロウズ「(曲名不詳)」

全編アニメ、ピンクのカラスが3羽で唄うロカビリー、声は1オクターブ上になるエフェクト掛かってて肉声不明

ただただ何だったのアレ、って感じ、ピンククラウドじゃないよ

[Google translation]

"Pink Crows "(song title unknown)"

full-length animation, pink rockabilly sing crow at 3 birds, voice real voice unknown and it takes effect to be on one octave

was just What is it, what is it is, it is not a pink cloud

22年くらい前ですが、「ミュージックトマトジャパン」という番組で放送されていた曲について教えてください。タイトルと歌手名共に、記憶に自信はあるのですが、ネットで検索しても出てきません。

歌手名(バンド名)は、「ピンククラウズ」で、

タイトルは、「She’s my pinkish」だったと思います。

charの「ピンククラウド」とは関係がないと思うのですが・・・。

ビデオは全部アニメで、カラスがバンドを組んで歌っているものでした。

詳しい方いらっしゃいましたら、教えていただけませんか。

よろしくお願い致します。

[Google translation]

About 22 years ago, please tell me about the song that was being broadcast on the program "Music Tomato Japan". Both the title and singer's name are confident in memory, but even if you search on the net, it does not come out.

I think that the singer's name (band name) was "Pink Crows"

and the title was "She's my pinkish".

I think that it has nothing to do with "pink cloud" of char ... · · ·.

The video was all anime, and the crows were singing together bands.

If you are familiar with us, could you tell me?

Thank you.

This last one seems to confirm that the music video is for the song "彼女はPinkish", from their second single.

Magazine Appearances

  • My Anime magazine, April 1985: A two-page spread discussing the music video and the band. This has been scanned. A complete translation of this article has been performed by Carley G. In addition to the translated text being included here, the translated scan is included in the gallery.

Invasion by a Band from Another Planet?! The Shocking Debut of the Pink Crows!

Pink text, plain background; right page: In the music world, an unbelievable event has taken place. A band from another planet has debuted. They’re called the Pink Crows, and it seems as though they will be continuing their activities here on Earth. But what will their appearance mean for the world music scene?

Black text, plain background; right page: There’s a new artist that threatens to change the face of music in Japan--no, the world--as we know it. Straight out of Azabu, it’s Studio Fontane’s newest group to audition…

During the time this rumor was spreading, all of us were pretty doubtful, and half of us didn’t believe it at all. The idea that such an amazing group could exist was out of this world, and we wondered if our information network had gotten something wrong.

However, our doubts were shaken as on that fateful day, we watched people crowd into the concert hall with a crazed excitement in their eyes.

And then…

They arrived in a spaceship. In Earth terms, you could say these alien’s true forms resemble birds. And so, the Pink Crows--that was the name they gave--began their performance.

We were nervous, not knowing what to expect when the music started. But the four-member band from another planet brought us something we didn’t expect--nostalgia.

Yes, sounding so much like the Beatles, but with an ultra-modern arrangement, it was something we could have never predicted.

The concert hall swirled with sudden excitement, and the debut concert of the Pink Crows began in earnest. Something I discovered after covering the event, was that the Pink Crows had tried to make contact with Earth in the past, sending messages through computers and in the spaces between television broadcasts.

The audience which had gathered that day had heard these messages and had instantly become fans. The rumor that the face of the music industry would be changed had become fact. But how exactly will it change? Readers, that thrilling mystery is for us to watch and see.

Yellow box:

Profile of Mr. Terumi Yoshida

Mr. Yoshida is a broadcaster specializing in pop culture. Currently, he works on the nightly radio program “Terumi Yoshida’s Sparkling Show.”

I had the chance to speak to the Pink Crow’s manager, Mr. Terumi Yoshida.

“Starting in September of last year, occasionally when I would take calls from listeners on the show, I would hear this incredibly grating noise through the telephone. If I listened really closely, I could hear the words ‘Pink Crows.’ I thought, what the heck does that mean?

Then, soon after that, I received a musical intro from them (without knowing their true forms, of course) which was just incredible. They had amazing talent.

It seemed like they had been keeping an eye on me for a while, given that they reached out. Having an announcer as a manager, that was unheard of. I’m sure they could see the merit in that.

I could also see that they had unparalleled individuality. They seemed like the type that wouldn’t cause me any trouble or double-cross me (😉), they were sincere. Also, realizing that I would get a cut off the profits (😉) I decided to take on being their manager.

Their songs were easy to vibe to, it wasn’t like they wouldn’t sell. It was obvious that they’d be stars. I created my own company to manage their talent, ‘Yoshida Enterprises,’ and the problem now is...how do we foster this stardom that’s going to just keep growing and growing?

Currently, I’m promoting the Pink Crows’ upcoming events and fan club info on the Sparkling Show (Tuesday, 10:20 PM), so please give it a listen. Rock on!

Green & white text, black background; left page: Follow-up Report - Serial #1

Big pink text, pink background; left page: A Space-Age Music Video?

Photo Captions

Blue text, left page; furthest right: The Pink Crows arrive on Earth in their spaceship. Where were they headed? The audition!

Blue text, left page; furthest left: The Members of the Pink Crows relaxing on Pop Gear

Blue text, left page, furthest down; outside blue box: As the concert began, the venue was hyped up. In the middle, a fan holds out a bouquet♡

Black text, pink background; left page: The Pink Crows music video is complete! This, unlike their debut concert, allows the fans to see footage of their home planet--footage that the members shot themselves! With the background scenery of the planet AE35 Pop Gear, we see them playing the game ‘Hide and go Human.’ The director of the video is Eiji Yamana (pictured below.)

Blue box:

Profile of Mr. Eiji Yamana

Serving as Assistant Director to Nobuhiko Obayashi, Mr. Yamana has worked on countless commercials, now starting to produce independently. He is also in the process of directing the documentary ‘Good Boy: Summer’s Rabbit,’ out soon.

The director of the music video, Mr. Eiji Yamana, has produced a number of commercials featuring big stars, such as Michael Jackson (for the Suzuki Love Scooter), Hara Tatsunori (for Iris Eyedrops), Kenji Sawada (for the VHD), and Tomoyo Harada (for Shiseido Ekubo.)

“But the Pink Crows, they’re the biggest stars out there,” Mr. Yamana said when discussing the out-of-this-world band. “A guy I know at my favorite computer shop--let’s call him ‘N,’--he told me all about the Pink Crows.

N analyzed the band’s message and was able to contact their manager and AP, letting them know that if the group wanted to begin their activities on Earth, the audition on January 28th would be the perfect starting point.

When I heard that, the staff and I went to the concert hall to keep watch, see if they would show up. When they did, I thought ‘Damn, we finally get to meet.’ It wasn’t uncomfortable at all, it was like we had known each other for years.

For this video, I included some footage from that time, along with some footage provided by the AP, editing it all together documentary-style. That’s how I think of it.

At present, they are participating in all the same activities a normal Earth-band would. But from here on out, I want them to do things that only they can do--things like transporting me to their world, their dimension, so I can film it in person. I’d love to try that.”

  • Anime V magazine, June 1985: An article about Pink Crows appears under a section called "Full throttle new movie special information". This has been scanned, and the image is archived in the gallery below. It is unclear if the music video featured in these screenshots is the same video as the one featured in the My Anime spread, or a second separate video. Translations (even partial) of both articles could help. A complete translation of the Anime V magazine article has been performed by Carley G.:

Full Throttle Video News Flash

Meet the Pink Crows

*Music Video Currently Airing on TV


Right side Caption: The Pink Crows Appear in their Second Shoot!

Following the success of their first release, the Pink Crows have completed their second music video!

The title of the song is ‘The Girl is Pinkish.’ The video is composed of powerful visuals that match the equally powerful lyrics. As the four-member group, headed by Jojo, begin with their musical performance, the titular ‘girl’ is inserted throughout the PV in the form of photos.

The video has an outer-space vibe, with the four-member group being the light in the vast darkness.

”Don't let go, I've already chosen you!"

With those powerful lyrics, we see Jojo pointing right at his girl!

Last time, the Pink Crows brought us a story--this time, they envelop us in a mood!

Bottom Image Caption: After being chosen to appear in an Ajinomoto ad, you’ll be seeing them more and more on television...

  • Animage magazine, March 1985: A small advertisement for Pink Crows is included. It does not contain much information about the music videos, but it is included here for the record. A complete translation of this advertisement has been performed by Carley G. (see gallery).
  • Newtype magazine, March-May 1985: According to the Japanese Wikipedia article for Pink Crows, the first three issues of Newtype magazine each included a two-page installment of a manga about the band's characters. As of this writing, Twitter user Blacotaku1 and Twitter user caleepers are each known to own these three issues; caleepers has scanned the comics (see gallery). Carley G. has performed a complete translation of this manga.
  • New Animation Music Journal Autumn '85, November 1985: In this booklet from the publisher of Animedia Magazine, a tiny blurb about the band appears with the sheet music for いきなりWant You! It is unlikely that this blurb contains any vital information about the music videos, but it is included here for the record (see gallery). It has yet to be translated.

The Music

For a long time, only one single was available, いきなりWant You!. But after a lot of time and effort user Ravenworks had bought the entire known discography on Pink Crows, and ripped each record, uploading them onto YouTube. Including the approximate song that was in the music video, 彼女はPinkish.

List of Singles

(1985/02/25)

  • A: Here Come Pink Crows
  • B: I Need You

(1985/04/25)

  • A: 彼女はPinkish
  • B: Pink Crows Show

(1985/10/25)

  • A: いきなりWant You!
  • B: P. O. Box '87

Lyrics

The lyrics of two of the songs have been translated by Carley G.

彼女はPinkish

Don’t be alarmed
Who I am doesn’t matter
I knocked on your window
Until you understand why
That’s right, don’t raise your voice

Why are you closing the blinds?
I'm alone with my tears, don’t tease me
I just want to be by your side
Let the noise set you adrift
No need to reply right away

Even if I could just hold you
Only you can save me

But Be
Be my baby
Be my pinkish baby
I faced those feelings, so don’t you hide them
But Be
Be my baby
Be my pinkish baby
Don't let go,
I've already chosen you

I don’t wanna forget
Those carnival pink shoes
I felt like you could fly
Yeah, I can’t see your reflection
In that mirror that knew too much

We’d laugh, saying yesterday is gone
Pessimists in this cheerful city
I’m forgetting the view
Of the full moon out the window
You aren’t alone

Even if I could just comfort you
Only you can save me

But Be
Be my baby
Be my pinkish baby
I faced those feelings, so don’t you hide them
But Be
Be my baby
Be my pinkish baby
Don't let go,
I've already chosen you

P. O. Box '87

I came to this city for a reason
All my thoughts are consumed with you, only you
I’m just aimlessly staring at the rain
Forever, you’ll be mine

If I keep wandering, I can’t retrace my steps
My desire to see you, that’s what keeps me going
The glow of the pavement blurs and runs
Forever, you’ll be mine

A love song for you
I’ll just deliver it to you every day
Until that day comes
When you’re asleep in my arms

PO PO PO BOX
PO PO PO BOX
PO PO PO BOX ‘87

No one knows what tomorrow will bring
I can just hear footsteps behind me, chasing after me
The warmth of your skin is still on my fingertips
Forever, you’ll be mine

I wouldn’t wish this loneliness on another soul
I’ll just keep walking forward, heart heavy
Wash the teardrops on the fence away with the palms of your hands
Forever, you’ll be mine

A love song for you
I’ll just deliver it to you every day
Until that day comes
When you’re asleep in my arms

PO PO PO BOX
PO PO PO BOX
PO PO PO BOX ‘87

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