It’s the 20th anniversary for one of GACKT’s most famous tunes, which means the singer, actor, and frequent gym-goer was only in his mid-twenties at the time Vanilla was filmed. This erotically charged song that released on August 11, 1999, was GACKT’s second single as a solo artist and it wiggled its way to fourth place on the Oricon weekly chart for 10 whole weeks.
At 248,360 copies sold, this was GACKT’s second top single after Another World and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). After three years, the single was re-released and reached 12th on the charts. Although it’s fairly difficult to find the original CD nowadays in its 8cm, long-case glory, you can easily find this song on iTunes with a unplugged and an instrumental version, just in case you needed to exercise your vocal cords before a karaoke session.
What could be a better way to celebrate this special anniversary? Having SHIN from ViViD dress up as GACKT and sing his heart out. SHIN even does the wiggle dance too, if you’re wondering.
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