Happy 12th Anniversary to me 🙂
12 years!!! WOW!! This is by far the longest time I have ever been obsessed with something…12 years and still going strong.
I don’t remember when was the exact date and month when I started loving Laruku more than any band ever exist on earth…but I do remember the year clearly, it was 2001.
I have been in love with Tokusatsu and Anime since I was in elementary school, and then I found Dorama in Junior High…however, I still haven’t heard Japanese Music apart from Anime and Dorama soundtrack. One day, I went to a kind of Japan entertainment convention and saw a poster of Japanese band. Even though I haven’t learned Japanese at that time but I knew enough that Japanese people can’t pronounce foreign language without changing it into Japanese kind of pronunciation. At that time, I was sort of mocking at the poster, I said “Japanese!! They can’t even say that word and they chose that word for their band’s name”. But somehow the name stuck in my head even though I myself didn’t know how to pronounce L’Arc~en~Ciel.
Few weeks later…I saw a video on MTV and I straight away remember that strange name “hey…this is the band with that difficult name!!” and I remembered thinking “They have good tune, I quite like it.” The video was Stay Away and this video is one of my top 5 favorite video by L’Arc~en~Ciel.
…and then, when I was watching Samurai X, I heard one of its closing theme songs and I -who had only listen to Hyde’s voice once- recognized the voice even before the name of the song and the band were shown. Hyde has beautiful voice that can easily be recognized. The song was The Fourth Avenue Café.
Even after finding those 2 songs, I was still not intrigued to find out about the band…but the name still stuck in my head along with Hyde’s beautiful voice.
The love kicked in when I saw Ring-0: The Birthday. The soundtrack at the end of the movie completely mesmerized me like no song ever did. It fitted the movie perfectly with its eerie and mysterious feeling. The violin and the way the vocalist sang the song was perfect. As the song went on, I recognized the voice… “Oh My God, I think this is the band with that difficult name!!” The song was beautiful in its own way…everything about the song was (and still is) perfect. I thought, at that time, how can a song be so mysterious and beautiful at the same time? It was so new for me…me who had listened to quite a lot of bands was hypnotized by the song. The song was called Finale and it sipped into my heart so deep and created one huge love room for the band that soon would become the ONLY band I listen to every day for the past 12 years.
Maybe some people would say…what? This song is beautiful? You’ve got to be kidding me!! Well, all I can only say that love is blind.
After falling deeply in love with Finale, I started looking for their album…but I was out of luck. I went to an internet rental and asked the owner to download some songs by L’Arc~en~Ciel. The man found 15 tracks, he said it was difficult to find their songs…and I loved ALL 15 songs he had found for me. The songs were:
- White Feather
- Butterfly Sleep
- Driver’s High
- Perfect Blue
- As If In a dream
- Spirit Dream Inside
- Blurry Eyes
- Stay Away
- Natsu no Yuutsu
- Shi no Hai
- Wind of Gold
- Snow Drop
Those 15 songs completed the love I have toward Laruku An Shieru – ラルク アン シエル (how the Japanese pronounces L’Arc~en~Ciel)
I finally found a place that sold Laruku’s pirate stuffs…I bought as many pirate VCDs and CDs the minute I found that place. And then I learned that they also sell original stuffs by order. So I promised myself to change all the pirate stuffs into original ones as time goes.
My first Original DVD (Japan version) was Shibuya 7 Days and it cost a lot!! After that, I only bought Overseas Version which was half the Japanese version…BUT all the CDs that were released after 2003 are Japanese Version. They cost more than the Japanese version but I feel more satisfaction owning Japanese Version CDs than the overseas ones. Now that Laruku has gained more attention in my country, Sony Indonesia has kindly released Indonesian version DVDs … yaaaiii \(^_^)/ they are less expensive. And Sony has also become nice by not changing the CDs anymore. I remembered buying the Japanese version of AWAKE (their 10th album), it looked so nice and beautiful but the Indonesian version was so flat. All My Laruku’s Collection can be read here> A Collection of Love.
Time seemed to lose its power on the love I have toward Laruku because it has been 12 years now and I still love them as much as I was in 2001…even more after I saw them LIVE.
I know that the main reason why I – then, now and most likely forever – love them is because they keep changing their music style without loosing their signature sound…they evolve but they are still who they are. Their music is theirs and they haven’t made bad songs. I love ALL their songs and that’s why I can’t make top 5 or 10 or even 100 out of their songs.
I am a proud L’Arc-addict!!!
I will wait for their return to Indonesia…I miss them so much and can’t wait to sing along with them again. Their concert is the best Live I have ever seen.