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Do You Remember Surf Side U.S.A. With Namie Amuro?

Happy #SongLyricsSunday! Today’s prompt is to find a song with beach, surf, and/or swimming in the lyrics and/or the song title. The song I choose for this prompt was released almost thirty years ago by one of my favorite Japanese pop singers Namie Amuro. I have mentioned her in numerous posts before as she has been my idol since I was in junior high. Some of the mentioned songs are “I’ll Jump”, “Can You Celebrate”, songs from her _genic album, “Wishing On The Same Star”, and “SWEET 19 BLUES”.

Even though she left the music business in 2018, her music is still pretty popular all over the world. She is not only a beautiful person inside and out, but she is a great performer, singer, dancer, and has a great personality.

Although Amuro made her solo debut in 1995, she has considered 1992 as her true debut with the pop idol group Super Monkey’s. To celebrate Amuro’s 30th anniversary which fans will mark on September 16, I decided to choose her debut single “Mister U.S.A.” for the #SLS song. Let’s dive in!

When Listen to the Tunes of the U.S.A.

Super Monkey's.

“Mister U.S.A” was released as part of a Double-A single with “Koi no Cute Beat (恋のキュート・ビート: Love’s Cute Beat) on September 16, 1992, and was Super Monkey’s debut single. The idol group, which was formed by members of the Okinawa Actors School, would consist of Namie Amuro and MAX who were powerhouse acts in Japan in the late 90s.

(Fun fact about the group’s name, Okinawa Actor School’s owner (Masayuki Makino) was quoted in a magazine in 1992 when he explained why the group was called Super Monkey’s: “You aren’t talented enough yet, so you are in the monkey stage. But because monkey sounds so pitiful, let’s call the group “Super Monkey’s”!” If you think this is a strange explanation, I am in the same boat as you! Such a strange concept.)

The lyrics for “Mister U.S.A.” were written by Minoru Komorita. He got his start in 1983 with the rock band THE ALPHA. Then, he went solo in 1989. He has written lyrics for numerous amount of artists from the 80s, 90s, 00s, and even today. He has written lyrics for JOHNNY’s (a major umbrella group for boy bands), Hello Project, idols, and mostly female singers.

The catchphrase for the song was “to see California from Okinawa”, There are a lot of American pop culture bits thrown into the lyrics as well as words to describe a date on an American beach. It isn’t strange that there is American imagery planted in this song as Okinawa has a lot of American influences due to the military bases located in that island prefecture. It was also part of the US for about twenty-six years (there was a big celebration about it last year). But, the American cultural influences in Okinawa are still going strong. It is the only place to get that iconic American classic drink, the A&W root beer float, in all of Japan.

The song is a cute idol pop song with teenage “puppy love” lyrics and just a tame pop beat. It is such a super sweet song. What do you think of “Mister U.S.A.”? Listen to the song below! And let me know what you think in the comments.

Amuro covered the song 25 years after on her final best-of album that had her re-record a lot of her hits:

The song was used as a theme song for the Lotte Ice Cream commercials in the early 90s, as seen in the first commercial here:

Composer Minoru Komorita did a self-cover of this song under the title “Sekai de Ichiban no Kiss” (世界で一番のキス; The Best Kiss in the Universe) on his 1994 album Ivy’s:


Lyrics For “Mister U.S.A.”

Here is the English translation for the lyrics, thanks to Otenkiame Translations:

Do you remember surf side U.S.A.?
The south wind erased the tiny rainbow
Beachside America

Do you remember seaside U.S.A.?
The rainbow of tears falls, ai yai yai yai
A far-off day’s love affair

A dream resounded on the radio on the sand tenderly
A beach club on the other side of the white fence

You polished a stranger’s Cadillac
sweat staining your uniform
With pride hidden in your heart
and your blue dreams, you were dazzling…

Do you remember surf side U.S.A.?
The boy of midsummer, ai yai yai yai
crossed over the far off rainbow

The picture you had, big pink Cadillac
Even now, when I think of your dream-made rainbow
my heart gets hot

We watched a James Dean movie
together over the fence
Around the theater
there was an isolated palm tree…
It was a paradise erased from the map

When listen to the tunes of the U.S.A.
Hazy in the south wind, ai yai yai yai
Beachside America

Do you remember seaside U.S.A.?
Whispering in your dreams, who do you love?
And who are you dancing with…?

Do you remember surf side U.S.A.?
Do you recall the girl
you loved like a rainbow
Your crossed the far off rainbow

The picture you had, big pink Cadillac
Even now, when I think of your dream-made rainbow
my heart gets hot


The Rules for #SongLyricsSunday

(This challenge is currently hosted by the generous Jim Adams.)

Anyone can participate in #SongLyricsSunday, even if you aren’t a music blogger! If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Pingback to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Do You Remember Surf Side U.S.A. With Namie Amuro?

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Renee

    This is so cute!! I just let my daughter listen and she loves it!

  2. Joyce K.

    I listened to this song and it sounds amazing!! I never heard of them but glad I did through this article

  3. amalateesside

    A great song, you always find the best music! Thanks for sharing,

  4. Knycx Journeying

    I am a Amuro-fan and she is influential back in the 90s, how nice to revisit some of her best music!

  5. Jennifer Passmore

    Very interesting! I have never heard of her or her music, but after reading this, I will definitely give it a listen!

  6. I couldn’t listen to Amuro’s cover the song because I am not a YouTube premium music member. But the original is pretty catchy.

  7. Franze Garcia

    I honestly do not know them until this. Got to listen to them now. Cool Choice of music!

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