One of the most well-known artists to come from H!P, Maki Goto is definitely one of the idols that stood out in the crowd in the 2000s. She begun her career under Morning Musume as the lone member of her generation beginning with their smash hit, “LOVE Machine”. Ever since then, she was kind of pushed as the ace (or main girl) of the group for most if not all the singles she was participating in. After her tenure in the group, she graduated from Morning Musume to become a soloist which also worked out well for her for a long time before a collision course of happening had wormed her way into her career. First her brother, Yuki Goto (at that time, member of EE JUMP) had gotten arrested for thievery and Gocchin opted out because she also wanted to do things her way and not Tsunku’s way and she left H!P.
After a short break after her last release in H!P, she had rerurned under avex trax where she first performed at a-nation in 2008. Quickly she shifted into rhythm zone (a sub-label) and started releasing a series of mini-albums. Before her 2nd one, tragedy struck once again. Maki’s mother, Tokiko while intoxicated fell out of a window and died a day later. While it didn’t push back the album, “ONE”. it kind of broke her down a bit. With the announcement of her first album, she announced she was going to go on an indefinite hiatus.
She did come back to the spotlight once more though at the big Dream Morning Musume concert to perform with Kei-chan and Yossie once more as Petitmoni ^_^
Style of Music: Gccchin’s solo career really didn’t have a solid style, she was variety like Aya Matsuura! She did cute, she did sexy, she did serious ballads, she did dance music and she never slowed down one bit like Ayaya did which is a surprise to me.
Once she went to avex, she got big songs with even more emphasis on her dance style but also did ballads, rock songs, and a weird, but awesome collaboration with BIGGA RAIJI and later on DJ OZMA (though he was going by his name name, not DJ OZMA). Enigmatic in her style but she worked them all!
- Ai no Bakayarou
- Afurechau…BE IN LOVE
- Te wo Nigitte Arukitai
- Yaruki! IT’S EASY
- Sans Toi Ma Mie / Kimi to Itsumademo
- Uwasa no SEXY GUY
- Daite yo! PLEASE GO ON
- Genshoku GAL Hade ni Yukube!
- Sayonara no LOVE SONG
- Yokohama Shinkirou
- Sayonara “Tomodachi ni wa Naritakunai no”
- Suppin to Namida.
- Ima ni Kitto…In My LIFE
- Glass no Pumps
- SOME BOYS! TOUCH
- Non stop love Yoroshiku!! (only rhythm zone single, collaboration with Ayanocozey Show)
- Makking Gold ①
- ② Paint It Gold
- 3rd Station
- Goto Maki Premium Best 1 (best-of album)
- How to use SEXY
- SWEET BLACK (first release under rhythm zone; mini-album)
- ONE (mini-album)
- Goto Maki COMPLETE BEST ALBUM 2001-2007 ~Singles & Rare Tracks~ (best-of album…under H!P)
- Gloria (mini-album)
- LOVE (mini-album)
- Ai Kotoba (VOICE)
This is Ai no Bakayarou, her debut single after graduating from Morning Musume ^_^. Video is pretty but the song isn’t really my thing…especially those high noties she obviously couldn’t hit correctly lol!
Secret is Gocchin’s final single under H!P so it’s surprising she had a ballad before her decision to leave the company.
Finally, here is Queen Bee, one of the PVs she’s made while she was under avex! Notice that BIGGA RAIJI and AILI are also present since the latter produced the song and the former raps in it lol.
Top 10 Favorite H!P Songs
- Paint It Gold (album song from ② Paint It Gold)
- Yaruki! IT’S EASY
- Yokohama Shinkirou
- Akai Nikkichou (Goto Maki Version) (album song from Makking Gold ①)
- LIKE A GAME (B-side from Afurechau…BE IN LOVE)
- Wow Suteki! (album song from How to use SEXY)
- INNER CHILD (B-side from Secret)
- Hareta Hi no Marine (album song from Makking Gold ①)
- DANCE DANCE DANCE (B-side from Sayonara no LOVE SONG)
- Nagadenwa (B-side from Scramble)
Other Things to Mention:
Gocchin is probably the one the had the most popularity after leaving H!P since she joined rhythm zone.
Like I said above, Gocchin has a brother who was also affiliated with Tsunku with EE JUMP (they never got to release their album).
I also seem to prefer Maki’s avex stuff over her H!P releases but I’m not sure that’s surprising at all…
Overall: You know, Gocchin has come a long way from being that new spark in Morning Musume to the diva she’s become today! She never really had a solid style in her days as an H!P gal from Morning Musume to her last album Ai Kotoba (VOICE) on avex. I mean she can be serious and cool like “Afurechau…BE IN LOVE” but then release something SOOOOO overly cute like “Te wo Nigitte Arukitai”. It was strange but it gave her a lot of variety. Is she the perfect idol? I don’t think so because everyone’s “perfect” is different. To me, she’s a great artist and she still is pretty big of a name! I just hope she returns from her indefinite hiatus stronger than ever!