In between his two cash cows, Onyanko Club and AKB48, Akimoto Yasushi spent the better part of the 90’s losing money and wasting time with the two failed idol groups Checkicco and Nezumikko Club. Most idol fans remember Checkicco as the group that went head to head with Morning Musume in sales and popularity until Love Machine completely blew them out of the water. NezuClub is a little harder to remember, they only lived through two singles, both released in 1993 to an uninterested audience, and ended the same year it began.
The group was sponsored by the channel NTV and the concept was to be the ‘mice’ to Onyanko Club’s ‘kitty’. Aki-P wanted them to become the Onyanko Club of the 90’s (in actuality they were most likely intended as a competition to Sakurakko Club, who had a show on rival network TV Asahi and were dangerously close to becoming ‘the’ idol group of the decade).
Nezumikko Club was comprised of sexy elementary school girls, dolled up in fishnet stocking and poofy hair. A starch contrast to the sweet girl-next-door look popular amongst idols of the time. Aki-P has always been a man to take chances though, but this gamble didn’t pay off.
Nowadays, the groups is one of those forgotten parts of idol history. Both the concept and the music was nothing memorable, but a couple NezuClub alum have been able to use the groups image to foster their own AV careers.
Here is their first single, Nezumi-san ga Wakarimasen by Nezumikko Club