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Takashi Matsumoto (lyricist)

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Takashi Matsumoto
Also known asRei Matsumoto (松本零)
Born (1949-07-16) July 16, 1949 (age 71)
Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
GenresPop, rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Lyricist, record producer, musician
Years active1968–present
Associated actsHappy End, Apryl Fool, Burns

Takashi Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本隆, Hepburn: Matsumoto Takashi, born July 16, 1949 in Aoyama, Tokyo) is a Japanese lyricist and former musician. After several years playing the drums in the rock bands Apryl Fool and Happy End during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Matsumoto decided to focus on writing lyrics for others in 1974. As of 2015, he had written over 2,100 songs, 130 of which entered the top 10 on the Oricon chart.[1] Total sales of the singles he has written exceed 49.8 million copies, making him the third best-selling lyricist in Japan.[2] In 2017, he was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government for his work in music.[3]

Life and career

In elementary school, Matsumoto listened to Igor Stravinsky and read poetry by Jean Cocteau. However, he bought a drum kit and became obsessed with rock music because of the Beatles.[4] Matsumoto is a Keio University graduate.

Matsumoto's first band was Burns (バーンズ, Bānzu), which covered songs like Them's "Gloria and Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'".[5] In 1968 he joined the psychedelic rock band Apryl Fool,[6] going by the alias Rei Matsumoto, after being invited to join by Haruomi Hosono. However, they announced their break up on the release day of their only album.[4] In 1969, he and Hosono then formed the pioneering rock band Happy End, for which he wrote most of the lyrics. They officially disbanded on New Year's Eve 1972, before the release of their third album.

Upon declaring himself a lyricist, Matsumoto told a friend that he wanted to write a "commercial" song, meaning a TV advertisement. But the friend mistakenly thought by "commercial" he meant "popular" and got him a job writing for Agnes Chan, a pop idol.[4] Matsumoto made his debut as a lyricist in 1974 with "Pocket Ippai no Himitsu" by Chan. Matsumoto said that while in Happy End he focused on the quality of the music over its potential popularity, but upon becoming a lyricist, he vowed to focus on both quality and sales.[4]

He was most prolific in late 1970s and 1980s, offering lyrics to many idol singers such Seiko Matsuda (including 17 of her 24 consecutive No. 1 singles), Kyōko Koizumi, Miho Nakayama, Masahiko Kondo and Hiroko Yakushimaru as well as musical artists such as Yellow Magic Orchestra. The songs "Garasu no Shounen", "Hakka Candy" and "Boku no Senaka ni wa Hane ga Aru" by KinKi Kids are some of his notable recent work.

Matsumoto took part in two winning works at 1981's 23rd Japan Record Awards. Akira Terao's hit song "Ruby no Yubiwa" won the Grand Prix award. Matsumoto wrote nine of the ten songs on his Happy End bandmate Eiichi Ohtaki's record A Long Vacation, which won Best Album. Matsuda's album Supreme, which Matsumoto produced, won Best Album at 1986's 28th Japan Record Awards.

In 2002, he formed the independent record label Kazemachi Records (風待レコード, Kazemachi Rekōdo).[4]

In 2015, the tribute album Kazemachi Aimashō (風街であひませう) was created to commemorate Matsumoto's 45th anniversary as a lyricist.[7] The album won a Planning Award at the 57th Japan Record Awards.[8] A special two-day concert for the same anniversary was held at the Tokyo International Forum on August 21–22, 2015 featuring numerous artists such as Hiromi Ōta, Shinji Harada, Shoko Nakagawa, Yū Hayami, Junichi Inagaki, Akiko Yano. Matsumoto himself stepped behind the drum kit once again to perform songs with the surviving members of Happy End; Hosono and Shigeru Suzuki.[9]



  1. ^ "作詞家・松本隆45周年記念2days公演決定 元はっぴいえんど3人ら豪華歌手集結". Oricon (in Japanese). May 14, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "【オリコン】秋元康氏、作詞シングル総売上が1億枚突破「34年間の積み重ね」". Oricon (in Japanese). December 9, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "松本隆が紫綬褒章「自分の作品が自分の存在を証明してくれた」". Natalie (in Japanese). November 2, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "「作家で聴く音楽」第十回 松本 隆". JASRAC (in Japanese). 2003. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "荏開津広『東京/ブロンクス/HIPHOP』第6回:はっぴいえんど、闘争から辿るヒップホップ史". Real Sound (in Japanese). July 21, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Apryl Fool". Japrocksampler. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "作詞活動45周年 松本隆ワールドを草野・和義・YUKIら歌う". Oricon (in Japanese). May 3, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "レコ大候補にゲス乙女、きゃりーらヒット曲&最優秀アルバム賞はサザン". Natalie (in Japanese). November 20, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "松本隆、45周年公演で細野晴臣&鈴木茂に感謝「素晴らしいメンバー」". Oricon (in Japanese). August 21, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2016.

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