“Hurry Go Round” is the eleventh single by Japanese musician hide Paul Frank Shoes Men, the fourth to bear the hide with Spread Beaver name, released on October 21, 1998. The song was left incomplete at the time of hide’s death on May 2, 1998, being finished by his Spread Beaver band mates and included on the album Ja, Zoo.
On May 2, 2007, the single was re-released with a new cover. On December 8, 2010, it was re-released again as part of the third releases in “The Devolution Project”, which was a release of hide’s original eleven singles on picture disc vinyl.
At the Visual Japan Summit on October 15
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, 2016, Teru of Glay said that he was told their 1997 single “However” inspired hide to write “Hurry Go Round”.
“Hurry Go Round” was one of the songs from Ja, Zoo that was unfinished at the time of hide’s death. Eric Westfall, one of the album’s recording and mixing engineers, revealed that a week or so after hide’s death, he and I.N.A had an emotionally difficult time finishing the album as televisions they had on in the studio were still showing footage of and talking about the dead musician. He said that “Hurry Go Round” gave them particular difficulty due to its “heavy” or somber lyrical theme about “the circle of life,” with them both crying while working on it individually little shaver. He commented that I.N.A only had one or two temporary vocal recordings from hide with which to finish the song.
Westfall claimed that the liner notes crediting Rich Breen for mixing the track are incorrect and that the mix actually used was done by himself. Despite him being told that it would be, it was never corrected in later pressings.
“Hurry Go Round” reached number 2 on the Oricon chart. By the end of the year it sold 567,890 copies and was the 41st best-selling single of the year, being certified Double Platinum by the RIAJ.
Some of the lyrics to the song are engraved on hide’s tombstone.
The 251st chapter of the manga series Rurouni Kenshin, published in September 1999, is titled “Hurry Go Round” after the song. Author Nobuhiro Watsuki was listening to the song a lot while drawing the final arc of the series and felt it fit well with the characters Yukishiro Enishi and Hitokiri Battōsai, and referred to it as the Jinchū arc’s theme song
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All songs written and composed by hide.
The song was covered by Scarlett for Crush! 3 – 90’s V-Rock Best Hit Cover Love Songs-, which was released on June 27, 2012 and features current visual kei bands covering love songs by visual kei artists of the 90’s. It was covered by Cell for the Tribute II -Visual Spirits- tribute album and by Hero for Tribute III -Visual Spirits-, both albums were released on July 3, 2013. Shion recorded a version for Tribute VI -Female Spirits- , released on December 18, 2013.