ZERO

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ZERO
Single by B'z
from the album RUN
Released October 7, 1992
Length 8:36
Label BMG Rooms
Vermillion Records (2003 Remaster)
Producer Tak Matsumoto
B'z singles chronology
10th Single
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BLOWIN'
(1992)
11th Single
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ZERO
(1992)
12th Single
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Ai no Mama ni Wagamama ni...
(1993)

ZERO is the eleventh single by B'z, released on October 7, 1992. The lead and only single from RUN and released just a few weeks ahead of said album, it is here that B'z began to fully divorce themselves from their dance-rock roots and embraced a more classical rock and roll approach. It was approached with great trepidation by both the band and their management at the time, as it was thought the hard rock sound of "ZERO" could alienate their existing fanbase that had only just two years prior launched them to number one and made them a top act in the Japanese music scene. Despite being labeled a "gamble" at the time, it paid off and has become a trademark song for B'z as well as their most played live song with nearly 500 performances to date. It has been recorded onto every applicable compilation album, including B'z The Best "Pleasure", B'z The Best "ULTRA Pleasure", and B'z The Best XXV 1988-1998.

The title song was created during and premiered live as part of the final four dates of B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'92 "TIME". When it was time for choosing a single for RUN, "ZERO" was considered a good candidate although it was undoubtedly a risk and, as described by Tak, "a big gamble to try this as a single". Staff members and executives advising the band recommended the song be given a tie-in promotion but Tak decided against it, stating only he "wanted to fight it out" with the song standing on its own this time. This was the first since "LADY-GO-ROUND" to attempt as much. Because they had invested so much in achieving this new sound, when Koshi was informed the song had instantly become a hit on the charts, he recounted that being "the happiest I'd ever been to that point." It has since appeared at almost every LIVE-GYM that followed and recorded on multiple home videos.

In a very rare incidence of a B-side rivaling its A-side, "Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)" has become the most treasured non-single in the B'z catalogue. It was at one time post-release gauged as being more popular than its companion title song, though it bears noting the band were not entirely happy with that result, as they had long wanted to transition into the hard-rock numbers that "ZERO" exemplified. Tak noted it as a great compliment to the A-side, calling it "a very good opposite to 'ZERO'".

As the band were not typically making dedicated music videos at the time, "ZERO" had live footage substituted for television video requests. No tie-in was arranged for the song, but it was performed twice during Music Station in October and their annual "SUPER LIVE" December special for the year of its release.

The single debuted at number one on the Weekly Oricon Singles chart at release, where it remained for two weeks in a row. With first week sales of over 615,000 and eventual sales doubling that, it is one of the band's best-selling singles to date. Finishing eleventh for the year of 1992 and lasting for 28 weeks on the charts in all, "ZERO" was later awarded Million classification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

The single was simultaneously remastered and re-released on March 26, 2003 along with nine other of the band's older singles and the then-latest single, "IT'S SHOWTIME!!". On the daily chart at launch, B'z held a monopoly over the chart's top eleven slots, with the new single ranking at the top and the re-issues covering the remaining ten. Ultimately, B'z would set a record that week for holding nine of the Top 10 slots for the week of release, with "ZERO" coming in fourth place.

Track listing

  1. ZERO
    Undoubtedly a chief fixture of all B'z live shows, "ZERO" is by far the band's most played live song. It has been played at nearly 500 separate shows and performed during every era of the band's history. When released, it signaled a change in sound for the band and was amongst their hardest rocking songs to that point. Unusual for the band even now, the song contains a rap portion during the interlude which has become one of the high points of its live performances. According to Koshi, the first lyrics completed were those for the verses. He later joked that, "Maybe I had some annoying matters in mind at the time." In 2015 for -EPIC NIGHT-, after remaining roughly the same as when it was released, the song was performed in a slowed down bluesy version that featured just Tak on electric guitar and Koshi on vocals.
  2. Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)My Heart in Love, 恋心 (KOI-GOKORO)
    A light-hearted pop song that stands in stark contrast to the very rock and roll A-side, "Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)" has withstood the test of time on its own merits and achieved a reverance and notoriety typically only possible for singles. The lyrics and sentiment of the song originated from a letter sent in to B'z WAVE-GYM, a periodic radio program hosted by B'z in the 1990s. The song is written from the perspective of a young school boy chasing the affections of his crush and seeking his teacher's advice. As with "Wonderful Opportunity" before it, live performances have a set choreography that Koshi leads for the audience to follow. Notably, this is one of very few B'z songs—another exception being "The Loose"—in which the band's names appear as Koshi as protagonist refers to a "Matsumoto" which is often played up in live shows. Its popularity has been proven through the years, ranking first for the fan-selected B'z The Best "Treasure" in 1998 and 2nd for B'z The Best "ULTRA Treasure" in 2008 when it lost out to "Brotherhood". In a 2014 poll whose results were published in Be With! Vol. 104, "Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)" ranked in at ninth in songs fanclub members wanted to hear live for the 2015 LIVE-GYM

Reversion history

Original Song Reversion History
ZERO
SINGLE & ALBUM SONG (1992)

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KARAOKE: ZERO [Karaoke Version] (1996)
Karaoke version found only on B'z TV STYLE II Songless Version.
UNRELEASED: ZERO [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.
UNRELEASED: ZERO [English Demo Version with New Arrangement] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues. This version features a new arrangement that differs significantly from the original.
LIVE ONLY: ZERO [Bluesy Version] (2015)
Bluesy live rendition performed with just Tak on electric guitar and Koshi on vocals as part of B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-.

Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)
B-SIDE (1992)

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UNRELEASED: Koi-Gokoro [English Demo Version] (1992-1994)
An unreleased English demo version that is presumed to have been recorded between RUN and The 7th Blues.
KARAOKE: Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO) [Karaoke Version] (1996)
Karaoke version found only on B'z TV STYLE II Songless Version.

Live appearances

Live Performances

ZERO [497 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'92 "TIME" [8/12 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER" [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png Merry X'Mas ~ Mary Had a Little Lamb/Silent Night [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part1-" [55/55 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '94 "THE 9TH BLUES -Part2-" [32/32 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'95 "BUZZ!!" [12/12 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '96 "Spirit LOOSE" [44/44 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'97 "FIREBALL" [9/9 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE "GO! GO! HEAVEN" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '98 "SURVIVE" [49/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 -Brotherhood- SHOWCASE "B'zepp" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood" [24/24 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z juice guerilla live [1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 "juice" [21/21 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 [4/4 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE "Kobushi wo Nigire" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 "ELEVEN" [37/46 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE "SAPPORO DEVIL" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png 2002 FIFA World Cup International Day Concert [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~" [18/18 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2002 "Rock n' California Roll" [3/3 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2003 "IT'S SHOWCASE!!" [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" [22/23 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2003 "BANZAI IN NORTH AMERICA" [7/7 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2006 "MONSTER'S GARAGE" [7/17 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2008 "ACTION" [13/53 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2009 -B'z In Your Town- [8/8 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png SUMMER SONIC 09 [2/2 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png Pepsi NEX presents B'z 1DAY LIVE [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2011 -C'mon- [26/26 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- [11/11 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png AEROSONIC [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [7/30 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT- [9/40 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2015 -Shinagawa Uchouten NIGHT- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png TV Asahi Dream Festival 2015 [1/1 SHOWS]
Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO) [167 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN" [42/49 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure'95 "BUZZ!!" [12/12 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2000 "juice" [21/21 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM in Taipei & Hong Kong 2001 [4/4 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2001 "ELEVEN" [44/46 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~" [13/18 SHOWS] (Acoustic Version)
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM The Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!" [2/23 SHOWS] (Acoustic Version)
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS- [6/6 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z SHOWCASE 2013 -Pleasure75- [1/1 SHOWS]
crossbracket.png B'z LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- [22/30 SHOWS]

Home Videos

ZERO
crossbracket.png LIVE RIPPER: Pleasure'93 "JAP THE RIPPER"
crossbracket.png "BUZZ!!" THE MOVIE
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM '99 "Brotherhood"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "Rock n' California Roll"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2003 "BANZAI IN NORTH AMERICA"
crossbracket.png Hidden Pleasure: LIVE-GYM '93 "RUN"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2011 -C'mon-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- (Web Stream)
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2012 -Into Free- EXTRA
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2015 -EPIC NIGHT-
Koi-Gokoro (KOI-GOKORO)
crossbracket.png "BUZZ!!" THE MOVIE
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2002 "GREEN ~GO★FIGHT★WIN~"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Final Pleasure "IT'S SHOWTIME!!"
crossbracket.png Hidden Pleasure: LIVE-GYM 2001 "ELEVEN"
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2008 -GLORY DAYS-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM 2005 -CIRCLE OF ROCK-
crossbracket.png LIVE-GYM Pleasure 2013 -ENDLESS SUMMER- (Hall Tour)

Sales data

No. Cover Single Physical Copies Sold Chart Positions Certification
FIRST WEEK LIFETIME WEEK MONTH YEAR
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ZERO
1992.10.07

615,470+

1,311,000+

1

1

11

Million

Personnel

B'z

Support Members

Production