S/D : Yellow Magic Orchestra

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I only knew the Hi Tech / No Crime remixes and some solo Riuichi Sakamoto, but I've been downloading some originals recently.

What's good, and particularly happy and tuneful? (Apart from Behind the Mask obviously)

phil jones (interstar), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 00:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I always liked Technodelic.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 01:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Tighten Up is priceless (both parts). All of Multiplies is great if you can find it. Also try to find anything from 'Solid State Survivor'. Technodon and Naughty Boys are more like modern J-pop and not as fun to my ears, but still classic.

Tom Millar (Millar), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 01:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd second Multiplies,
partly fo' the (part of) music and mayhaps even more for some of the highly hilarious verbal absurdo-plays betwixt the songs -- dunno if all versions have them, tho; there seem to be several different editions of this alb

t\'\'t (t''t), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 02:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The live album "After Service" - from their first 'farewell' concert in Dec 1983 - has a fantastic segue from "Technopolis" into "Rydeen", and great of-the-time pop versions of "Ongaku" and "Solid State Survivor". David Palmer from ABC is the drummer and Takahashi's voice is solid throughout.

Darren, Wednesday, 11 December 2002 18:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i will third multiples. my brother got it for me as a teenager, as some weird intermediary between philip glass and duran duran. classic.

kate, Wednesday, 11 December 2002 19:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

They do an insane cover of "Tighten Up."

mike a (mike a), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 20:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
multiplies (aka 'mullet piles') the band may be worth searching out if you like YMO. they're from glasgow, scotland.

cºzen (Cozen), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Technodelic and Solid State Survivors are magnificent.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I got some YMO Dvd's off E-Bay from a guy in Taiwan, pretty cheap as-well (about £7 each) They are GREAT Live! and interesting to watch.

There seems to be quite a few DVD's out there.

This one http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=618&item=4036525973 is especially groovy!

Also the double Live 1980 cd is brilliant too.

mzui, Friday, 10 September 2004 19:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I agree with Dr. C.
Also, their "daytripper" cover will win over any rockist who tries to claim they just sound like Final Fantasy music.

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I am putting 'naughty boys' on right now and want to record the moment, for posterity.

cºzen (Cozen), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"la femme chinoise" is amazing
i have a great 2 cd set of all their singles (in various edits and mixes) that is the release i listen to the most. but the first 4 albums are all unfuckwithable

rentboy (rentboy), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
ITT: u are bato and u appreciate the Yellow Magic Orchestra

bato (bato), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

For once, I actually managed to listen to a band's best album LAST, instead of first, like I usually do. Solid State Survivor. If you don't like SSS, you don't like YMO. Well, I guess I could see some people who'd prefer just the J-pop era, but whatever.

I started out with BGM, which on the whole is a little disappointing, but contains two classic songs: Cue and 1000 Knives.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ha, coincidentally, I did the same -- and completely agree re. SSS, tho I also like BGM quite a bit.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 02:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard BGM, but SSS and their self-titled record are both aces IMO... i could listen to "simoon" on repeat all day.

rajeev (rajeev), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 04:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't think there is such a thing as a bad YMO album, really, but that's just my opinion. BGM has my favorite YMO song ("Ballet") and another YMO song I adore ("U.T.") on it. And Solid State Survivor is one of my favorite albums of theirs (another one being their s/t debut). I am continually surprised by "La Femme Chinoise" because it's a tender, humane, and sweet non-technoey song. The only times I think YMO err are when they seek to do covers (NOT a fan at all of "Tighten Up" OR "Daytripper"), but those are so minor comparative to their overall output.

Phoenix Dancing (krushsister), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 05:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well, I think if you like the early records up through Technodelic there's no guarantee you're going to feel the same way about Service and Naughty Boys. I actually appreciated both a bit more after having heard the first few records...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 15:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i forget where exactly (this american life maybe?) but i heard an old tiki/hawaiian/polynesian lounge type tune as bumper music on NPR and it was basically "Behind the Mask" straight up. only, you know, not synthy. I had no idea it was a cover, and my copy of SSS is a download so i've got no liner notes. Any idea what this original was?

geoff (gcannon), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

YMO are the kind of band where you kind of need to know some background about the recommendee's tastes before recommending something, because there's about five different possible starting points, all just as good depending - Ongaku? Nice Age? Daytripper? Tighten Up? Rydeen? Taiso? Light In Darkness?

Album wise I would seek out Technodelic and SSS first, then Multiplies, then Naughty Boys, then BGM, then the rest.

Or you could just pick up the new Ultimate Collection (for $50) which has I think every song discussed so far on this thread!

TOMB07 (TOMBOT), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh that's tempting. i've got the first two and that's it and they're both very dear to my heart.

geoff (gcannon), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

do you also own Perrey & Kingsley's box set thingamabob? I got that for xmas against the wife's wishes and it's totally awesome. That has nothing to do with this thread, though.

TOMB07 (TOMBOT), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no! i'll keep an eye out. i'm usually pretty broke so "box set" means "yeah right" mostly

geoff (gcannon), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink


TOMB07 (TOMBOT), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink


geoff (gcannon), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 16:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Behind The Mask" was a YMO original. The only cover on that album was "Daytripper". So maybe the old Polynesian song only approximated the sound on that song.

Honestly, I'm not intimately aware of the band's input beyond the '80s so I really do need to investigate that further, but what I have heard (which is a body of work that is impressive in size) has been very, very good overall. The Ultimate Collection does intrigue me, though -- another thing to save up for! (It won't take me more than a month to do so, really, but it's still "saving up".)

Phoenix Dancing (krushsister), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 18:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that "behind the mask" cover is probably from senor coconut's YMO tribute album 'yellow fever,' which the YMO members actually contributed to. highly recommended!

rajeev (rajeev), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 18:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no, believe me, it was the same tune, the same chugging chord progression, the same ah-ah-ah melody. maybe it was uncredited! or just given a new name, like all those jamaican version of US r&b tunes.

OR, this being public radio, it could have been some 90s neo-tiki-lounge act doing a retro-ist cover of it...

XPOST that must be it! thx!

geoff (gcannon), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 18:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

dang I didn't even know there was a coconut YMO. whoo!

TOMB07 (TOMBOT), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 19:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
I don't get how I never posted on this thread before.

"This MUST be the UGLIEST piece of BREAD I've ever EATENNN..."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 April 2007 02:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh right I had posted on the other thread. For a sec I thought I had gone crazy.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 April 2007 03:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Solid State Survivor, Live '79
>>>best music video ever? = Rydeen

When I finally got over my YMO obsession, my girlfriend got doubly obsessed, and drew me back into it.


Z S, Saturday, 14 July 2007 03:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Hey, has there been no discussion about YMO appearing at the Massive Attack curated Meltdown Festival in June?

I am completely overwhelmed with excitement about this..!

MaresNest, Monday, 28 April 2008 08:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I finally managed to break through the Meltdown ticketing defences and actually buy tickets for this, excited but with a hint of trepidation - will it be all 90's? Ambient? Guitar solos? Ya never know when a band reforms.

Matt #2, Monday, 28 April 2008 09:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Watching an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati and there was a poster of the first YMO album up in the DJ booth.

timellison, Monday, 24 December 2012 02:34 (five years ago) Permalink

in heaven, YMO plays every night with pfunk and Steve reich

Todd Terragh - "It's the Harps" (m bison), Monday, 24 December 2012 02:41 (five years ago) Permalink


MaresNest, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:18 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

"kagekina shukujyo" might be my favorite of their later period pop singles. insanely catchy and bittersweet.


lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:53 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


found a vinyl copy of the Yellow Magic Orchestra album. i really love it! it is very classic sounding. some of the synths have this nice brass sound to them or something, maybe sort of reminiscent of an old 78 or pre war pop. kind of similar to Kraftwerk in that way. but definitely doing their own thing. my favorite bit is the end of side 2, the noisey electronic Bridge Over Troubled Music on into Mad Pierrot. this whole album rules. i also have the Martin Denny original of Firecracker. YMO really makes it sound like it was made for this band.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 21:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

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