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"Pepper Keibu" (ペッパー警部, Peppā Keibu, lit. Inspector Pepper) the debut single by the Japanese hit duo Pink Lady. The single was released on August 25, 1976, under the Victor label. The single reached a peak chart position of number four, with a total of 1,050,000 sales.[1] The titular song won the duo the "rookie award" at the 18th Japan Record Awards.[2] The original recording did not have the signature "Pepper Keibu yo" at the end, as the live performances did. Subsequent recordings and covers do, however, include the line. A number of reissues have been made, including 8 cm and 12 cm CD versions.

"Pepper Keibu"
Pepper Keibu (Pink Lady album cover).png
Single by Pink Lady
from the album Pepper Keibu
B-side"Kanpai Ojōsan"
ReleasedAugust 25, 1976
GenreJ-pop, disco
Songwriter(s)Yū Aku
Pink Lady singles chronology
"Pepper Keibu"

According to Oricon this was the 14th best selling single from 1977.[3]

A re-recorded version of the song was included on the 2-disc greatest hits release, Innovation, released in December 2010.


Track listingEdit

1."Pepper Keibu" (ペッパー警部, "Inspector Pepper")3:13
2."Kanpai Ojōsan" (乾杯お嬢さん, "Cheers, Miss")3:07

Morning Musume versionEdit

"Pepper Keibu"
Single by Morning Musume
from the album Cover You
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2008
FormatCD single, DVD single
GenreJ-pop, dance-pop
Morning Musume singles chronology
"Resonant Blue"
"Pepper Keibu"
"Naichau Kamo"
Music video
Pepper Keibu on YouTube

A cover of "Pepper Keibu" was released by the idol pop group Morning Musume as a single on September 24, 2008[4] under the Zetima label to promote their upcoming ninth album, Cover You, a tribute to producer Yū Aku. The Single V DVD of the single was released on October 22, 2008. The single was their first cover single since "Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyōtanjima" more than five-and-a-half years before. The single peaked at #3 on the Oricon weekly chart, charting for six weeks.[5] The single was released in three editions, a limited A coming with a DVD, a limited B comes in special packaging with a 40-page photo booklet and a regular edition.Tanaka Reina and Michishige Sayumi are the only members to receive solo lines in Pepper Keibu.

Track listingsEdit

1."Pepper Keibu" (ペッパー警部)4:11
2."Romance" (ロマンス)3:43
3."Pepper Keibu (Instrumental)"4:06

Members at time of singleEdit

Oricon ranks and salesEdit

Daily Weekly Sales
3 3 46,067

Other coversEdit

  • 1993: sung by Yūji Oda in the film "Sotsugyō Ryokō: Nihon Kara Kimashita".
  • 2001: parodied by Norika Fujiwara and Sayo Aizawa for a JAL advert promoting bargain fares/
  • 2002: covered by GO!GO!7188 on their album Tora no Ana.
  • 2006: covered in Chinese by Saiyū Meimei for a Suntory Oolong tea advert.
  • 2008: covered by Mizrock, included on the tribute album Ga-Ki (Yū Aku Tribute).
  • 2009: covered by Atsuko Kurusu and Tomomi Miyauchi on the tribute album Bad Friends.
  • 2011: covered by DJ Sasa & Pink Beat Bop on the album "Pink Reggae (ピンク・レゲエ)".


  1. ^ Billboard Magazine, September 1980. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  2. ^ 第18回日本レコード大賞 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
  3. ^ "Annual Oricon Charts 1977-1980" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  4. ^ "Pepper Keibu" (in Japanese). Up-Front Works Co.,Ltd. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2008.
  5. ^ "ペッパー警部 モーニング娘。のプロファイーるならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-12-26.

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