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Poker Face

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Single Cover
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
poker face
Released
1998.04.08
Catalog Number
AVDD-20228
Price
¥1,050
Tracklist
  1. poker face
  2. FRIEND
  3. poker face -Instrumental-
  4. FRIEND -Instrumental-


Information

"poker face" is first solo single recorded by Hamasaki Ayumi, and her debut under avex trax. It was originally released as an 8cm CD, and later as a 12" vinyl record under Rhythm REPUBLIC. The song was used as the opening theme for music program CDTV for the month of March 1998. During the first day recording the song, Hamasaki's grandmother passed away and she has said thats why she's come to dislike the song. After hearing the initial recording, she unhappy with the lyrics and decided to re-write them. In 2001, all of her 8cm CD singles were reissue as a 12cm" CD containing additional remixes.

This single is often noted as Hamasaki's debut single, but prior to this she recorded the NOTHING FROM NOTHING EP and self-titled single under Nippon Columbia in 1995. It was released as AYUMI feating DOHZI-T and DJ BASS.

The single reached #20 on the weekly Oricon chart, and it countinued to rank for a total of six weeks, selling 43,140 copies. The 2001 reissue ranked at #31 on the weekly chart, and only ranked for two weeks.

Song Information

Hamasaki Ayumi promoting the single
Lyrics
Hamasaki Ayumi
Music
Hoshino Yasuhiko
Other Information
Arrangment: Honma Akimitsu
Producer: Matsuura Max

Music Video

The music video for "poker face" was directed by Takeishi Wataru. The video focuses around Hamasaki standing in front for a large tree filled with television monitors that show her in various locations. It also shows her playing with animals.

Concert Perfomances

TV Performances

Reissues

Vinyl Record
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Vinyl
poker face
Released
1999.06.19
Catalog Number
RR12-88104
Price
¥1,427
Tracklist
  1. poker face (D-Z Spiritual Guidance Mix)
  2. poker face (D-Z Spiritual Delusion Mix)
  3. poker face (NAO'S ATTITUDE MIX)
  4. poker face (ORIENTA-RHYTHM CLUB MIX)
  5. poker face (KM MARBLE LIFE REMIX)
  6. poker face



Reissue Cover
Artist
Hamasaki Ayumi
Single
poker face
Released
2001.02.28
Catalog Number
AVCD-30211
Price
¥1,050
Tracklist
  1. poker face "Original Mix"
  2. FRIEND "Original Mix"
  3. poker face "KM MARBLE LIFE REMIX"
  4. poker face "NAO'S ATTITUDE MIX"
  5. poker face "D-Z Spiral Delution Mix"
  6. poker face "ORIENTA-RHYTHM CLUB MIX"
  7. poker face "Original Mix -Instrumental-"
  8. FRIEND "Original Mix -Instrumental-"

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