The End of Shite
- the end of shite
- Catalog Number
"the end of shite" is the debut solo single released by YUKI. The title track was used as the commercial song for the Toyota Motor Corporation's WiLL VS model. It was released a year after JUDY AND MARY's final studio album WARP. The single was written and produced by Higurashi Aiha, formerly of the Japanese rock band Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her. "YUKI was a fan [of Higurashi]" and she contacted Higurashi looking for a "producer, songwriter, and musician." At the time Higurashi had five songs written as she was getting ready to launch her own solo career, and she played the songs for YUKI. YUKI loved the songs, and used three of them for this single.
These tracks are YUKI's only songs in her solo discography not to feature her own lyrics. "the end of shite" was later placed on YUKI's first studio album PRISMIC as track #1, and later on the best-of compliations five-star and POWERS OF TEN. Higurashi later recorded her own self-cover and released it in 2003 on her own debut solo, "NEW LIFE".
- Higurashi Aiha
- Higurashi Aiha
- Other Information
- Arrangement: Higurashi Aiha
- Chorus, backing vocals: Higurashi Aiha
- Guitar: Higurashi Aiha
The music video for "the end of shite" features YUKI singing in a leather chair. YUKI slips her hand under her skirt and withdraws it along with several animated dwarves who proceed to dance all over YUKI. The video ends as the dwarves run back up her leg and under her skirt. Because of the videos taboo nature there were quite a few programs that banned its broadcasting.
Oricon Chart Positions
The single reached the #6 on the weekly Oricon chart and it continued to rank on the charts for six weeks. The single sold a total of 125,440 copies, making it YUKI's most successful single to date, and it ranked in at the #104 best selling single of the year. Because it sold over 100,000 copies it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
- Total Reported Sales: 125,440