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SCANDAL – Don’t say “lazy” (K-ON! ED Cover)


SCANDAL, the self-proclaimed “Most Powerful Japanese Girlie Pop Rock”, appeared on NHK’s MUSIC JAPAN Shinseki Anisong Special (新世紀アニソンSP) earlier this month. While I didn’t know anything about them prior to today, some of you may know them for performing “Shoujo S”, the tenth opening theme to Bleach.

Anyway, instead of performing one of their songs on this TV special, SCANDAL opted to perform a cover of the ever-so-popular K-ON! ending theme, “Don’t say ‘lazy’”. They’re not quite the Yui, Mio, Mugi, and Ritsu we know, but they are a real-life group of high school friends from Osaka who formed their own band and made it to the big leagues, so it was pretty cool to hear their rendition of this awesome song. The only thing that would’ve made this a bit cooler is a keyboardist for the true Houkago Tea Time composition.


P.S. Anyone else see a bit of ZONE in them?

August 26, 2009 at 2:48 am
  • August 26, 2009 at 2:58 amvT_Tv

    o-m-g… epic ;) nuff said

  • August 26, 2009 at 3:16 amGod~Knows~

    Nice….very nice.So the girls are making a statement to declare their “otakuness”?

  • August 26, 2009 at 3:19 amSelvy


  • August 26, 2009 at 3:24 amAnime Junkie

    2 K-On! related posts in 1 day. What a coincidence!

  • August 26, 2009 at 3:26 amoutcast

    I didn’t like their instrumentals… nor their vocals for that matter.
    I think i saw youtube movies with more awesome bass play of this song than their version.

  • August 26, 2009 at 3:33 amNormal Person

    Yo, F.U. Outcast. They were amazing anyway. *fetishes kicking in* Dx

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:01 amJaberlen

    They are okay
    Yoko-sama is the best <3

    nothing can beat the original.

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:04 amvin-nii

    two main differences:

    vocals: Scandal. though Mio voice is awesome, dual vocal is always my choice

    Instruments: Original. Though the shuffle-feel is interesting, the lead guitar part I loved so much wasn’t there…

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:27 amoTAKu

    Either way, that was pretty cool.

  • August 26, 2009 at 5:42 ammaster-ling

    this is win!

  • August 26, 2009 at 6:19 amewok

    very nice

  • August 26, 2009 at 6:34 amoutcast

    I stand by my opinion, needs more bass http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gELMlZuvdc

  • August 26, 2009 at 6:49 amahelo

    ehhhh…. i still like mio’s voice better <3

  • August 26, 2009 at 6:59 ammegalith

    Well… nice…. Somehow I liked some parts in the original song. Like the keyboard. Well at least it’s not that repetitive like the original. I only liked the original in the short version. But once I heard the full it felt too dragged on too much.

  • August 26, 2009 at 8:23 amesper

    First time I saw K-ON!, I thought “is this SCANDAL’s life animated?”

  • August 26, 2009 at 9:36 amkaineng

    Watched b4 liao, was rather disappointing in this video, think K-ON!’s still better; my friend, who was a fan of SCANDAL thought otherwise, and thought I crazy about Heavy Metal. So? K-ON! mah… moe moe kyun!

  • August 26, 2009 at 10:32 amRyonusuku Akutagawa

    They have talent, but they lack charisma.. I feel strange watching the drummer bounce her head and they keep smiling every time… I feel weird

    The original is still better. It needs more bass

  • August 26, 2009 at 10:39 amtenton

    I really don’t get the Zone vibe from them. Probably because Zone were more idols turned into a band and Scandal is more…I’m not sure how to put it. More self made as a band? More of a raw sound (nothing wrong with that)? They write their own songs for the most part. They are also anime fans.

  • August 26, 2009 at 12:25 pmstarss

    I love life imitating art!

  • August 26, 2009 at 2:58 pmrevo

    where’s tsumugi? that makes me angry lol

  • August 26, 2009 at 3:01 pmlunar

    i dunno.. to be honest.. its not the greatest.. there voices are pretty low.

  • August 26, 2009 at 5:57 pmmiki

    You guys have to remember this is a LIVE recording (as opposed to in-studio). :D

    For some reason I’ve always thought the mangaka was inspired by SCANDAL! It’s really cool that they’ve done a cover of this song~

  • August 26, 2009 at 8:51 pmJonz

    How should i say….

    Their voices is really good when they sing together….but when it is solo they sounded masculine…..its not cute that way….

  • August 26, 2009 at 9:39 pmwink

    well, this is a live so it’s natural that their voices are like that.

  • August 26, 2009 at 9:55 pmDLP

    That was good, especially for a live.

    Audience seemed enthused.

    Sometimes I think the fantastic ending theme will be the major legacy of K’On, outliving
    the series and popping up in covers every so often for the next decade or two.

  • August 26, 2009 at 10:03 pmCHIBI

    The drummer is hot…except for her teeth.

  • August 26, 2009 at 10:32 pmjaysus

    I prefer the Niconi☆school version… which is a mash up of Japanese net legends like Tissue Hime and Piko. Plus, it’s funny having a bunch of guys cover it when two are acting as traps.

  • August 26, 2009 at 10:47 pmtotoum

    I really like this cover,doesn’t sound like the original but they didn’t even try too,they just re adapted it in their own way,i like the intro and how at the last chorus the guitars all stop and restart at the same time a couple of times (i think that wasn’t in the original).

    It sounds more raw because in a sens,it is!They’ve got no keyboard player so a lot of the backround keyboard parts during the chorus are gone,then there’s almost no effect on the voices (just a little reverb) contrarly to a studio recording where they put a few effects in.

    That’s what great about covers you don’t need to compare it to the original,there’s more than one way to interpret a song,just like there’s more than way to paint the same subject.

  • August 26, 2009 at 11:03 pmsean

    is it just me or do they purposely smile like crazy in front of the camera?

  • August 26, 2009 at 11:54 pmdivine

    I’d rather they smile than have pissed off faces. :)

  • August 27, 2009 at 7:52 amBoo

    Is there anywhere to dl this version ?

  • August 27, 2009 at 10:08 amJemindor

    Totally agree to Ryonusuku… can’t stand that song with those chicks. sry ^^

  • August 27, 2009 at 11:56 amminhgurluver

    Wa that is amazing :O hope they go on with their anime covers :) anw it was such a waste that there is no keyboardist :(

  • August 27, 2009 at 11:59 amaZC

    its quite good for a live concert, u guys forget that this is live concert. not to mention its a girls band :)

  • August 27, 2009 at 7:13 pmMouri

    That was pretty good for a live.

    …Zone~ <3 ;_;

  • August 28, 2009 at 9:06 pmkyri

    I still prefer the original version from K-ON!

  • August 28, 2009 at 9:14 pmJustiX-NL

    Orginal Version ftw xD
    SCANDAL should stick with there own songs like from the Bleach OP that song is awesome ^^.

  • August 29, 2009 at 2:36 amvexx

    I think they have some potential…. but frankly they’ve got a ways to go before they hit “ZONE” quality of vocals. OTOH, they’ve got a nice rough edge to their music though. Hopefully they’ll avoid the sugary crap ballads ZONE was too often set up to do (ZONE’s best stuff that made them stand out was the harder edged music).

  • August 30, 2009 at 8:49 amFalloutDude

    Zone was much better… >_>
    Zone’s ballad was good too, not crap at all.

  • August 30, 2009 at 10:44 pmKou

    Wow… I thought I’d hate them, but I was wrong D:
    They’re great! <3

  • August 31, 2009 at 1:16 pmEx14

    with scandal being the “in” thing went in watching this video, expecting something really good, on par with the nico band ver. but really all i found was a half hearted performance. I really found this performance disapointing, instrumentaly wise, it lacked any punch whatsoever IMO, and rhis ver made even the original song sound better. and seriously from such a popular band i expected better. Some might say it’s their take on this song, but seriously musically wise i expect more, i cringe at the fact that at certain moments they made such a smooth and rockish song feel soo….choppy.

    All i have to say if i were to base my opinions of them on this video alone, is that they’re popular just because they look cute/good. they’re good(or averagely good), but they don’t deserve this kind of attn or recommendation for pulling a lousy cover of a song many have pulled off wonderfully. of course this is MY OPINION so yea . ._.

  • November 4, 2009 at 4:50 amLSV

    i never really like them but still, putting that aside, the original is WAYY better than this.