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"White Summer and Green Bicycle, Red Hair with Black
Guitar."[a] is a song and single by
the Japanese, alternative rock band The Pillows. Neither
the single nor Thank You, My Twilight (the
album it appears on) were released outside of Japan.
"White Summer and Green Bicycle, Red Hair with Black Guitar." is
based on Sawao Yamanaka's lonely adolescence growing
up in Hokkaidō.
This viewpoint is most clearly reflected in the third verse.
"I've long been accustomed
To the loneliness
I don't really feel sorrow
These tears are only a pretense"
- −Translated third verse of "White Summer and Green Bicycle, Red
Hair with Black Guitar."
Despite this, Yamanaka has stated that he wrote "White Summer"
for the group and not as a personal song for himself, saying, "I
just make music for life."
Out of about four songs from the demo album The Pillows
was working on at the time,[b] "Babylon
Verses of Angel" was Yamanaka's choice for the single release.
However, the director, producer, and others pushed for "White
Since the original version has a minute and a half intro, it had to
be cut down for its single release.
It was for this reason that Yamanaka was initially opposed to
"White Summer" as a single, as "Babylon Verses of Angel" would not
have required editing.
Screenshot of the music video for "White Summer" showing a young
boy riding the green bicycle of the song's title.
The music video
for "White Summer and Green Bicycle, Red Hair with Black Guitar.
(display version)" features a comet-tailed goldfish−the same
featured on the single's cover−swimming around in a kitchen and
bedroom, later also swimming around the band as they play against a
white background. Short clips of a young boy riding a green bicycle
are also shown at times, though no person with red hair, nor any
black guitars are featured in the music video.
The 4:06 "display version" of "White Summer" was first released
in the maxi single format and is the version that appears appears
in the DVD Dead Stock
Paradise and compilation album Lostman Go to Yesterday.
The 5:50 "original egotistic version" is featured in the 2002 album Thank
You, My Twilight.
- a^ : The song is
also given the alternate, Japanese title of "Shiroi Natsu to Midori
no Jitensha Akai Kami to Kuroi Guitar" (白い夏と緑の自転車 赤い髪と黒いギター). However, the English title is what
appears on the single's cover.
- b^ : While not
explicitly stated, it would seem that the demo album would become
Thank You, My Twilight and
the four songs being considered for release as a single were
"Babylon Verses of Angel"; Thank You, My Twilight"; "Rain Brain";
and "White Summer and Green Bicycle, Red Hair with Black