Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance is Berryz Kobo’s 17th single and it was released on July 9, 2008. It reached #4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and has sold 32,557 copies.
1. Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance♠
2. Maji Good Chance Summer
3. Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance (Instrumental)
As soon as Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance starts off, you know it’s no normal song. There’s a constant repetition of the word “monkey” throughout the song to make sure you don’t at all let it leave your mind for all it’s 5 minute length. The song starts with very high, fun energy and some great vocals from the group, not to mention the great line distribution in this song(although Sugayo Risako has the main vocals), something I’ve waited for a while now. The chorus is complete gold, rising the energy up with some catchy vocals and keeping the whole “monkey” play online. The instrumental break in this song is quite weird, as it starts off with a circus type sound and then switches to some nice electric guitar work. The girls get some solo lines and the chorus kicks in again. The song ends the same way it started, high energy and background noises of the girls screaming and laughing.
The next track, Maji Good Chance Summer, starts off with the typical H!P b-side sound, though this time, it’s actually quite good. The whole song gives off a summer feel(thus the title) and yet feels a slight bit relaxed at the same time. Line distribution isn’t as good as in the previous song, but the vocals are great either way. The vocal is particularly catchy and has Tsunku backing the girls up with some “oh”‘s. A very fulfilling b-side.
This single was very well received on my end. It continues Berryz trend of releasing “weird” songs, right after Dschingis Khan. Both songs were of very high quality(Maji Good Chance Summer for being a b-side) and should most definitely be given a listen. Not to mention the great covers and extremely awesome PV that came along with it. Nothing can beat all the members in monkey outfits!