A song I love: Kurenai with X-Japan

The teens who likes Visual Kei today don’t seem to listen that much to X-Japan. That breaks my heart.

Don’t forget the roots of Visual Kei! ♥ 🙂

X Japan

X Japan

This song is one of my (many) favorites by X-Japan and it’s called Kurenai. It’s written by Yoshiki and is one of their oldest songs. I think X-Japan performed with it for the first time 1985.

Kurenai means approximately “deep red”. You can see a translation of the lyrics at the bottom of this page.

It’s powerful, emotional, fast and slow. Pure ecstasy.

The following video is from 1991 (Niigata). As you can see, the band was pretty visual back then. The ORIGINAL Visual Kei style (if you ask me) ^_-

And… hide… rest in peace. ♥


And now follows Kurenai performed much later, during X-Japans “LAST LIVE” 1997. As you can see, Toshi (the singer) had abandoned the Visual Kei look totally. (But I love hide’s look back then – the Pink Spider!)

I love this video. Listen to hide’s intro… he plays the initial melody sitting down. It’s so solemn and emotional.

Then there’s a short pause, and he makes it a liiiiiiiittle bit longer than usual. You can feel the audience urge for the rest! He’s pretty aware of that, I believe, ’cause when he continues to play, you can sense a little smile on his face. A tiny one. He’s playing with the fans… ^_-

(Note Yoshiki’s (the drummer’s) cervical collar… If you don’t know the story behind it, I might tell you another time. ^^)


Lyric translated into english:

I couldn’t look back, you’d gone away from me.
I felt my heartaches, I was afraid of following you.
When I had looked at, the shadows on the wall …
I started running into the night, to find the truth in me.

A storm is blowing through the streets as I hold you in my arms.
A violent wind begins to blow, blinding me.
You’re running from something that has been stalking you.
But can’t you see that I’m alone?
You’re a common, disappearing memory.
Unloved, alone on the stage I can’t hold back

As of you in my memory is still shining in my heart.
Passing by me, soaking me with flowing tears.
I’m lying here in deep red to comfort my pain.
I will never again give out these memories that keep love away from me.
As I continue to shout, you’re running from something that has been stalking you,
but can’t you see that I’m alone?

I’m lying here in deep red to comfort my pain.
I will never again give out these memories that …
keep love away from me.

As I continue to shout …
I’m lying here in deep red
to comfort my pain.

Oh cry in deep red…



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Formed: 1982
Disband: 1997
Comeback: 2007

Changed name: from X to X JAPAN 1992 to distinguish from an American punk group with the same name.

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Vocal: Toshi
Vocal: Toshi (Toshimitsu Deyama) (出山利三)
template-cakeOct 10th 1965
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Guitar: Pata
(石塚 智昭)
Guitar: Pata (Tomoaki Ishizuka) (石塚 智昭)
template-cakeNov 4th 1965
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Guitar: Sugizo
(杉原 康弘)
Guitar: Sugizo (Yasuhiro Sugihara) (杉原 康弘)
template-cakeJuly 8th 1969
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Bass: Heath
(森江 博)
Bass: Heath (Hiroshi Morie) (森江 博)
template-cakeJan 22nd 1968
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Drums: Yoshiki
(林 佳樹)
Drums: Yoshiki (Yoshiki Hayashi) (林 佳樹)
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Eternal Members

Guitar: hide (Hideto Matsumoto) (松本秀人)
Gt: hide (Hideto Matsumoto)
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Bass: TAIJI (Sawada Taiji) (沢田 泰司)
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Member History

Former members:

  • Gt. hide → (SABER TIGER→SAVER TIGER) → XX JAPAN, hide(solo) → hide with Spread Beaver, zilch → [deceased May 2nd 1998]
  • Ba. TAIJI → TRASH → DEMENTIA → PLOWER → X → FATIMA, DEAD WIRE → X → LOUDNESS → D.T.R., Kings → D.T.R. → Cloud Nine → Otokaze → Taiji with Heaven’s, The Killing Red Addiction, D.T.R., Cloud Nine, TSP → [deceased July 17th 2011]

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