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LOVE Machine (LOVEマシーン) is Morning Musume's seventh single. It was released on September 9, 1999 as an 8cm CD. It sold a total of 1,646,630 copies, making it a massive hit (a #1 single in Japan) and their highest selling single overall. "LOVE Machine" ranked as the #7 single for 1999. The VHS for the single was released on October 14, 1999, and the vinyl on October 6, 1999.

This single was the first to feature third generation member Goto Maki and the last to feature first generation member Ishiguro Aya.

In 2004, it was re-released as part of Morning Musume Early Single Box, a limited edition box set containing their first eight singles reissued on 12cm CDs. In 2005, the singles were released individually, and first press editions came with a photo card.

Tracklist[]

Morning_Musume_-_LOVE_Machine_(MV)

Morning Musume - LOVE Machine (MV)

Original Edition[]

  1. LOVE Machine
  2. 21seiki (21世紀; 21st Century)
  3. LOVE Machine (Instrumental)

Re-release Edition[]

  1. LOVE Machine
  2. 21seiki
  3. LOVE Machine (Instrumental)
  4. LOVE Machine (Early Unison Version)

LP Tracklist[]

Side A[]

  1. LOVE Machine
  2. LOVE Machine (Instrumental)

Side B[]

  1. LOVE Machine ~analog remix~
  2. LOVE Machine ~analog remix~ (Instrumental)
  3. Secret Track (シークレットトラック)

VHS Tracklist[]

  1. LOVE Machine (MV)

Featured Members[]

Morning Musume promoting the single

Single Information[]

LOVE Machine
21seki

TV Performances[]

  • [1999.09.05] ASAYAN
  • [1999.09.09] Utaban
  • [1999.09.10] Music Station
  • [1999.09.19] ASAYAN
  • [1999.09.30] Utaban
  • [1999.10.08] Music Station
  • [1999.12.23] Utaban
  • [1999.12.24] Music Station
  • [1999.12.31] 50th Kouhaku Uta Gassen
  • [2000.08.20] Hello! Morning (Episode #20)
  • [2000.12.31] 51st Kouhaku Uta Gassen
  • [2004.02.14] PopJam Live Special in Makuhari Messe - Matsuura Aya, Goto Maki, ZONE)
  • [2005.12.31] 56th Kouhaku Uta Gassen (as Yume Morning Musume)
  • [2006.07.15] MUSIC FAIR 21
  • [2007.12.31] 58th Kouhaku Uta Gassen
  • [2011.07.25] HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ - Dream Morning Musume (part of a medley)
  • [2012.01.01] CDTV Premium Live - Dream Morning Musume
  • [2012.02.24] Music Station - Dream Morning Musume
  • [2012.08.02] Odaiba Gasshuukoku Mezamashi Live 2012
  • [2013.07.31] FNS Uta no Natsu Matsuri 2013
  • [2014.04.xx] Bokura no Ongaku
  • [2015.12.16] FNS Kayousai 2015 - Morning Musume '15, ℃-ute, ANGERME, AKB48 (part of a medley)

Concert Performances[]

LOVE Machine
21seiki

Oricon Chart Positions[]

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank Sales
- - - - - - - 1 241,540
- - - - - - - 1 201,670
- - - - - - - 1 191,320
- - - - - - - 4 101,350
- - - - - - - 2 81,340
- - - - - - - 2 91,850
- - - - - - - 5 68,410
- - - - - - - 4 72,860
- - - - - - - 4 69,840
- - - - - - - 8 47,650
- - - - - - - 7 39,540
- - - - - - - 12 46,350
- - - - - - - 12 36,720
- - - - - - - 12 42,470
- - - - - - - 12 34,910
- - - - - - - 10 41,380
- - - - - - - 8 89,980
- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - 8 31,780
- - - - - - - 17 27,580
- - - - - - - 27 22,610
- - - - - - - 36 14,580
- - - - - - - 37 10,930
- - - - - - - 46 5,830
- - - - - - - 47 7,470
- - - - - - - 37 7,290
- - - - - - - 48 5,230
- - - - - - - 55 3,650
- - - - - - - 52 4,010
- - - - - - - 55 3,380
- - - - - - - 65 3,110

Total Reported Sales: 1,646,630
Total time in the Oricon Top 100: 31 weeks

Cover Versions[]

Trivia[]

  • A flyer for the third Heike Michiyo & Morning Musume Protegee Audition was included with the original release.
  • There are two versions of the music video: an edit and a full version (-FULL VER.-). The longer version (available on the VHS only) has an intro and an outro; the intro starts with builders removing the poster for their second album, replacing it with the poster for this single. The outro shows Maki Goto giving a guy in a record store, who is listening to their CD, a wink. There is also a Studio Version which aired on TV, showing the recording sessions from ASAYAN.
  • This is one of the four Morning Musume singles that sold more than 1,000,000 copies.
  • This is the highest selling single in all of Hello! Project.
  • Tsunku suggested the titles "king & queen", "midnight dancer", and "made in JAPAN", before deciding LOVE Machine.
  • Coincidentally, the way the members are set up for the jacket cover ended up being in order of graduation. Going from top to bottom, right to left, with Ishiguro Aya being top-right and Yaguchi Mari being bottom-left. This is unofficially known by some fans as the "LOVE Machine Curse"
  • This is their first single that was both a graduation and debut single.
  • This is the only Morning Musume single that stayed 3 weeks in a row on the #1 position on the Oricon charts.
  • Track #4 in the re-release is a first version, before each member was given specific solo parts. There is no chorus, yet it has an explosive energy mostly influenced by a newly added member, Goto Maki. Comparing to the single version, you can hear unique phrases like faking during intro and “a-ha” during riff. Also, you can hear the original version of the lyrics, "Love Machine!" during the ending riff. Tsunku later took out this line by Yaguchi Mari and added it to the very end, and that’s how the dramatic ending of this song was created.[3]
  • The hidden track in the vinyl edition is a short snippet (30-60 seconds) with members' random shouts and faking from "LOVE Machine".
  • The song was sampled in Dancing Dolls' single "DD JUMP" (2013).
  • "LOVE Machine" appears as a song in Karaoke Revolution J-Pop Best Collection Volume 1.
  • Tsunku has mentioned during an episode of Uchi Kuru!? that "LOVE Machine was originally an unreleased Sharam Q song with a change in arrangements.[4]
  • In the movie Seishun Bakachin Ryorijuku starring Goto Maki, two people sing "LOVE Machine".
  • In the movie Summer Wars, the artificial intelligence is named LOVE Machine after the song.
  • Abe Natsumi commented on the single for a YouTube video series counting up to Morning Musume's 50th single.[5]
  • "LOVE Machine" is one of the songs in the game Just Dance Wii U.
  • The Centers for this single are, Abe Natsumi, Yaguchi Mari and Goto Maki, making it the first single with more than one center.
  • This is Morning Musume's last single released in the 1990's.
  • While Nakazawa Yuko said before that her favorite Morning Musume song is Kimagure Princess, her favorite MV is actually one of her own: LOVE Machine. She says the song is really what transformed the group and it showed off how charming they were, so she says that's one she really cares for.[6]

Comments[]

Comments
Tsunku commented on the single:

I almost wanted to sing this song for myself. It is such uplifting, happy dance music. I’ve created many dance songs that naturally make people want to dance, but "LOVE Machine" is definitely the best choice. It is danceable. Actually, you cannot help dancing when you hear this song.

As a producer, it may not be so appropriate to tell you this, but I thought Morning Musume was very amazing. "LOVE Machine" is a great song as a group, and that means this song can be beautifully completed thanks to the 8 members. When I watch them sing, I feel so happy and excited that I cannot help dancing. Morning Musume has been getting enough experiences in front of a large audience, and I genuinely envy them. I can close my eyes and imagine them having an awesome time. I really think they’ve become something great and amazing. They have been constantly evolving since its debut. By the 7 single, they’ve grown up to be really cool artists. I hope they will continue to grow and evolve, become cooler and sexier.

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