RFI: Yellow Magic Orchestra

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I really like their name.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 00:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, but their music is better.

'Naughty Boys' might be the greatest synth-pop album ever.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 00:58 (seventeen years ago) link

I was listening to this DJ Harvey radio show mix CD and he played Yellow Magic Orchestra's awesome "Behind the Mask" from XX infinity multiples or whatever that album's called(not XOYO, that's the passage...) and then played Eric Clapton covering that song.

very...weird.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 01:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Just discovering YMO's material. Really great stuff. Both the early mainly instrumental stuff, and the later, vocal but very Eastern sounding, output.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 01:40 (seventeen years ago) link

I love the first three. 'Solid State Survivor' and 'xxo multiplies' in particular. Japan is number one. Some good things on the later records too, though they bland out a bit. 'BGM' has it's moments.

Sakamoto's '1000 Knives' is very close to the YMO sound, more jazz less kitsch though. 'B-2 Unit' and 'Esperanto' I love to tiny bits.

The new Sketch Show record 'Loophole' has disorientingly modern production; it's glitch-o-clock. But it's really growing on me. It's currently a hyper-expensive import, I wouldn't say it's $28 worth of brilliant but if you're a YMO fanatic, you definitely want this. If it ever comes out domestically, people will be talking about it.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 01:56 (seventeen years ago) link

one last descriptive note: 'Loophole' is almost entirely songs, many in english. the production's at the service of the tunes. less pomo than cornelius, less acoustic more tuneful than takemura's songbook material.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:18 (seventeen years ago) link

The best news about YMO is that they've just reissued all of the albums, some of them as doubles with different versions on different discs. The first self-titled one has the Japanese/US version split into two, and Naughty Boys is split into regular and instrumental versions. I just got the Naughty Boys the other day so still not sure how it stacks up for me overall, but the self-titled and Solid State Survivor are both fantastic, and am still enjoying most of Technodelic, BGM and Service.

I'm unclear on Xoo Multiples...is it just a compilation of the first two, or are the versions of the songs on that one somehow different?

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Another great thing about the re-releases is they have made marvellous surround remixes that (unlike most surround remixes) aren't only available to the select few that own a SACD player.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:31 (seventeen years ago) link

can someone explain this? A friend made me a CD of B-2 Unit and it had this one amazing new wavey pop song on it that was kinda punky, but that wasn't on the LP another friend had, but I can't remember seeing a difference in tracklisting...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:41 (seventeen years ago) link

the japanese issue of xxo multiplies was a 100% new album. with extremely odd 'comedy skits' capable of frying the mind of anyone trying to come to terms with what the band was really about.

the us edition replaces the skits with several tracks from 'solid state survivor'. hopefully any new reissue will just feature the japanese edition.

early copies of the us edition of 'B-2 Unit' replaced the dissonant 'Participation Mystique' with the amazing 'Warhead', from the a-side of a 12" single. if the song you're thinking about has a one-beat slapback delay on all the human vocals and insane vocoder vocals for the chorus, that's 'Warhead'. they're both incredible songs.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:51 (seventeen years ago) link

extremely odd 'comedy skits'

Those are insane and wonderful. Anyone who complains/can't deal with hip-hop skits probably just won't know WHAT to think about these.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:54 (seventeen years ago) link

they marked me pretty deep as well.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:56 (seventeen years ago) link

ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ...aaaaaho ho ho ho ho ho ho ah yes

donut bitch (donut), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 03:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Sean, 'Naughty Boys' is amazing. And the second instrumental disc is totally worth getting. In fact, I might listen to it more. Listen to it before you go to bed. It just makes you so happy!

And I agree with milton on 'Loophole'. Pretty great album. I was surprised. The one from '02 'Audio Sponge' is good as well (higher highs, lower lows maybe).

Patrick South (Patrick South), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 05:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Of the reissues, is there one that towers above all others that I should obviously definitely get first, as flavoursome sampler? Or is opinion hugely divided on which is best? Or should I perhaps just buy as many as I can afford? (please make all my decisions for me)

Alex in Leeds (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 10:25 (seventeen years ago) link

So far for me it's Solid State Survivor so far.

Patrick, will definitely be listening to Naughty Boys more. I found the instrumental version a bit repetitious and grating when I listened last but I was also in a bad mood, so...

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 11:54 (seventeen years ago) link

do you understand me mr.ohira ?

eleki-san (eleki-san), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 15:07 (seventeen years ago) link

>Of the reissues, is there one that towers above all others that I should obviously definitely get first, as flavoursome sampler?

'Solid State Survivor' seconded, no contest. Then 'XXO Multiplies'.

Comparing this band with late 70's/early 80's synth pop from other countries; everywhere else, the synth sounds seemed to inevitably lead to concept pop bands focusing on either amped up irony (M's 'Pop Musik') or dehumanized alienation (Ultravox / Numan / Human League, even Moroder etc.) YMO's a bizarrely happy, kitsch party band throwing out references to video games, sleazy lounge music, happy party fun. If it's dehumanizing, they seem very happy about it. Maybe because the same technology in Japan signified unprecedented financial prosperity? I can't know. Seriously, if anyone can knowledgeably fill me in on how YMO was received in their home land, please post to this thread.

Obviously a big part of the group's concept was throwing up a funhouse mirror to the west's asian stereotypes (the Martin Denny cover, the Snakeman Show skits, the unbelievable 'Tighten Up' single: 'We Don't Sightsee, WE DANCE You Understand, Yahdee!'), but they don't seem... angry... they seem happy? Or is it actually intensely focused rage? Or... what? Huh? How?

For perspective, the only other group doing Martin Denny tributes in the late 70's was Throbbing Gristle (certainly coming from an entirely different place).

The last reissue wave was the early 90's, still one decade too soon. Hopefully they'll catch on this time.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 19:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I shouldn't have lumped in M with the other bands, they're the western exception, underlined by the fact that Scott and Sakamoto started collaborating almost immediately.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 19:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I would say Human League were about fun from "Dare" onwards. Also, a lot of the stuff Vince Clarke was involved with was very positive and happy.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 21:59 (seventeen years ago) link

In the case of YMO, "Service" is a rather dark effort btw.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 22:06 (seventeen years ago) link

dude! millar to thread!!!!!!!

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 22:20 (seventeen years ago) link

'Solid State Survivor' isn't as unique as YMO's last three albums. 'Technodelic' is pretty subtle, but a great album nonetheless. 'Service' has amazing songs, but each track is broken up by skits in Japanese, that are bothersome as they interupt the flow. It would have been nice if the reissue had the songs all in a row (and perhaps a few bonus tracks to make up for only 7 songs). The live album 'After Service' is really great as well. 'Naughty Boys' is extremely catch. And Bill Nelson does guitar work on it. Milton's description of the band really only holds true for their first couple albums. Both periods are good though.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 12 February 2004 04:57 (seventeen years ago) link

>only holds true for their first couple albums.

I will cop to less familiarity with the later period and shouldn't generalize. Looking forward to checking out the reissues.

(Jon L), Thursday, 12 February 2004 05:24 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
Naughty Boys is my favouritest thing ever EVER now kind of. Solid State Survivor is also near-flawless motorik glee. The first album is bop-poppin-blip-cracklin' aceness. Technodelic is a tiny bit harder work but still luscious and unfurly. But Naughty Boys and the instrumental disc are both 100% perfect. My world is completer for YMO (it is too late to be articulate about why but YAY)

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 12 May 2004 21:55 (seventeen years ago) link

If anyone is interested there is a bloke on Ebay.com who sells YMO DVD releases pretty cheaply, about £7 each plus p&p (there's about 8 I think, in total) it's mainly live stuff and videos, they seem to have kept a pretty extensive archive of concert films. I bought a couple and they are very watchable, kinda gives an extra edge to the music when you see the kindof *Devo* live setup they had.

mzui, Thursday, 13 May 2004 08:03 (seventeen years ago) link

How did I miss this? When I'm a millionaire I plan to open a bar in manhattan called "RYDEEN" that plays nothing but YMO, Telex and Kraftwerk all day and night. Like that bar that plays nothing but Turbonegro, but less leather, more pomade and robots.

my YMO 10 right now

1. Taiso
2. Rydeen
3. Firecracker
4. Tighten up
5. Tighten up (I can do this!)
6. You've got to help yourself
7. Light in darkness
8. Nice Age (perverse!!!!)
9. Day Tripper
10. Absolute Ego Dance

B-2 Unit is indeed an excellent record. I'll have to check out 1000 Knives. I've been tetchy with Sakamoto solo releases as he's rather ...inconsistent. Haruomi Hosono's Monad Box isn't really worth it either.

I have still not ponied up for any Sketch Show releases! *forehead slap*

Ally's mom in the car when Tighten Up came on the stereo: "They sound like they're making fun of japanese people!"

TOMBOT, Thursday, 13 May 2004 13:43 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
YMO so good so so good. like john hughes movie fills but... yeah!

cºzen (Cozen), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:02 (seventeen years ago) link

there was a copy of ryuichi sakamoto's 'esperanto' at Amoeba SF in the used section for $7.95 tonight.

(Jon L), Saturday, 11 September 2004 06:31 (seventeen years ago) link

seven months pass...
I love "Chaos Panic" right this second. Thanks very much.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 13:48 (sixteen years ago) link

"Would you like to have some coffee?"
"Ah, yes please..."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 14:14 (sixteen years ago) link

RAP RAP EVERYBODY RAP.

I can gmail/YSI you guys sick Yamantaka eye remixes also!

Open your eyes; you can fly! (ex machina), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 15:16 (sixteen years ago) link

please do mr williams

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 17:33 (sixteen years ago) link

i heard something off "1000 knives" at the record store yesterday. sounded like gong's "a sprinkling of clouds" crossed with kraftwerk's "home computer". i think i'll have to get it.

vahid (vahid), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 18:41 (sixteen years ago) link

"absolute ego dance" is the business (like the rainbow island video game theme music tripping on something wonderful)

joseph (joseph), Thursday, 28 April 2005 01:19 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
The new Senor Coconut album is called Yellow Fever and you can guess what group gets reworked this time out. But all three YMO guys are on it individually, so that's nice. And I gotta say the take on "Rydeen" is utterly wonderful.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 25 May 2006 19:32 (fifteen years ago) link

"Firecracker," "Simoon" and "Behind the Mask" not far behind.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 25 May 2006 19:38 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Ok, so I've gone YMO bonkers these last few weeks and held off reviving this thread as long as I could.

Solid State Survivor's so outstanding I can't believe I didn't happen upon it earlier, the perfect synthesis of their pop orientalism and mastery of electronic texture -- the "Japanese Kraftwerk" thing really plays here, with "Behind the Mask" (bizarre history notwithstanding) something of an antidote to "The Model" (there's an absolutely hideous YouTube clip of Sakamoto playing this in the 90s that makes me shivver to even think about). "Insomnia," too, with the noirish vocoder melody that appears in the last third.

I'm only digging into BGM now, but Technodelic seems to get seriously short shrift -- the sound develops by leaps and bounds here, with "Taiso" birthing Nick Rhodes perhaps even more than Richard Barbieri ever could. Transitional, but not the worse for it. Shades of the Beatles, which would show up later on with "Lotus Love."

With Service and Naughty Boys, the music becomes extremely...digital, more symphonic. Some great stuff -- "Limbo," "Wild Ambitions" (featuring Bill Nelson's eBow pretty prominently), "Kai-Koh." These records almost sound like a different band, featuring little of the wit or bounce that kind of defines early YMO songs like "Absolute Ego Dance" and "Firecracker," with much more of an opaque Ippu-Do thing going on.

Still digging in, but with such a diverse profile, it's hard to believe these guys were left with such a niche reputation.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 2 November 2006 05:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I've only got BGM. How much better is, say, Naughty Boys, relatively? I liked some of the songs off of BGM a lot, but I didn't feel that any of them really compared to....well, ok. I always heard them referred to as "The Japanese Kraftwerk". Kraftwerk is probably one of my favorite bands ever, so it's a lot to live up to, but - nothing off of BGM compared to Kraftwerk to me (Or if it did, only to Electric Cafe-era Kraftwerk).

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Thursday, 2 November 2006 06:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I think Naughty Boys is the album where YMO really found their sound. It's also a lot more cohesive than the grab-bag of BGM. I don't think of them as sounding like Kraftwerk at all by '83 and '84. It's shiny, happy synth-pop.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Thursday, 2 November 2006 07:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Technodelic seems to get seriously short shrift

It's great! "Epilogue" should reduce many a grown man to sobbing.

LC (Damian), Thursday, 2 November 2006 12:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Zachary, you should check out "Insomnia" off Solid State Survivor. Patrick's right in that by Naughty Boys (and Service before it), the band doesn't really have the Japanese Kraftwerk thing going on at all, though I'm not sure with his belief that it's their "best" era or where they found their sound. It's just different, more overtly pop.

with "Taiso" birthing Nick Rhodes perhaps even more than Richard Barbieri ever could

Clearly I meant "Light in Darkness" here.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 2 November 2006 13:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, does anyone know a good comp of theirs with rarities (single mixes, etc.)? I was eyeballing Overseas Collection with some envy, but that's utterly impossible to find for anyone outside of Japan. Likewise for Techno Bible...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 2 November 2006 16:52 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

can someone recommend some other Haruomi Hosono projects aside from YMO (solo or otherwise)?

amateurist, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 14:49 (twelve years ago) link

Haruomi Hosono

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 4 August 2009 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Paraiso is really good. Tropical music with a bizarre electronic twist. Very odd and affecting, and quite catchy as well.
Cochin Moon is an early electronic classic. Really neat stuff.
His Nokto de la Galaskia Fervojo soundtrack is chilling, it's minimal (as is a lot of Hosono's stuff) but very cold and moving. Love it.

frogbs, Monday, 15 November 2010 19:26 (eleven years ago) link

so glad this was revived. just found a mediafire folder with all the albums and needed some guidance.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 15 November 2010 21:58 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

really loving these stripped down live versions YMO have been playing this year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NTnIJ61z1w

missingNO, Saturday, 25 December 2010 03:16 (ten years ago) link

Love the synth trumpet!

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 26 December 2010 17:47 (ten years ago) link

Whoah, YMO doing "Thank You For Talkin' to Me Africa"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWPbDsPYxZM&feature=related

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 26 December 2010 17:48 (ten years ago) link

Thank you Frogbs, much appreciated!

I found 'The Worst of the Moonriders' on slsk so that will be my first.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 19 September 2019 17:58 (two years ago) link

lol good chance you got it from me

frogbs, Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:01 (two years ago) link

All hail slsk user shabroky :)

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:03 (two years ago) link

there's a vocal bit on Track 2 at the 4:00 mark that sounds exactly like Timmy from South Park, it freaked me out when I first heard it

always was a bit frustrated that some of my favorite tracks basically had no studio version, or they're covers of songs I don't recognize. #8 "The Good Child" and #11 "Russian Reggae" in particular. now that I look at it I don't know if the version I have (which has 30 tracks) is an official one. the last few are a standalone studio single that was probably a bonus disc. I got these MP3s back in '04 I think. who knows?

frogbs, Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:57 (two years ago) link

also I don't wanna oversell these guys but their music always gives me Andy Partridge vibes. same reference points & same strained vocal inflection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OCqTJiC5pU

amusingly Partridge did do a brief voice over on their '91 album Christ, Who's Gonna Die First? which if nothing else is the best ever title for a reunion album

anyway to keep the thread on topic - I've actually never heard the Naughty Boys Instrumental album before now, I've been grinning through the whole thing. can't believe how well it works

frogbs, Friday, 20 September 2019 15:02 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

The most YMO Moonriders track is Itoko Doshi from 1978—largely because it's produced by Hideki Matsutake.

Publicradio (3×5), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 14:59 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Those Moonriders tracks are wonderful.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 4 January 2020 16:42 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

New track from Akiko Yano (she deserves her own thread!) and Hiromitsu Agatsuma, from forthcoming album Asteroid and Butterfly. Cool video too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI04_iIGYzs

screator, Friday, 31 January 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

that rules

might have to start such a thread

frogbs, Saturday, 1 February 2020 03:34 (one year ago) link

Brilliant tune/video!

bamboohouses, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:49 (one year ago) link

She's so great and deserving of a dedicated thread, for sure.

Maresn3st, Saturday, 1 February 2020 14:45 (one year ago) link

Nice to see We Want Sounds reissuing her albums. I just picked up Gohan ga Dekita yo.

kitchen person, Saturday, 1 February 2020 16:11 (one year ago) link

yeah, awesome video! the domestic bliss follow-up to bjork's video for All is Full of Love

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Saturday, 1 February 2020 16:56 (one year ago) link

Great video and co-sign the need for a dedicated thread!

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 1 February 2020 17:01 (one year ago) link

Here 'tis - Akiko Yano

Maresn3st, Saturday, 1 February 2020 19:37 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lvjq1COo9E

how old is this girl??? god damn

frogbs, Saturday, 11 July 2020 22:03 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

"Chaos Panic" on the Naughty Boys Instrumental album is so good, the synthfiddle is such a trip

frogbs, Saturday, 8 August 2020 03:34 (one year ago) link

this is like the happiest music I've ever heard

frogbs, Saturday, 8 August 2020 03:35 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

just listened to naughty boys + the instrumental album again for the first time in a while and Wild Ambitions/Chaos Panic back to back is amazing. Its a remnant of my religious upbringing but I suffered thru many lame lectures about what is happiness vs. joy and none of those lectures explained the range of emotions in happiness/joy that exist as well as this shit.

Will (kruezer2), Thursday, 1 October 2020 14:32 (one year ago) link

I mean, the instrumental "You've Got to Help Yourself" alone is like the giddiest thing on the planet

frogbs, Thursday, 1 October 2020 15:59 (one year ago) link

I've also come to realize that once you listen to the instrumental version a few times you don't really want to hear the original again. you really miss those goofy synths

frogbs, Thursday, 8 October 2020 03:42 (one year ago) link

the giddiest thing on the planet

this is how i feel about "firecracker"... it's so exuberant.

visiting, Thursday, 8 October 2020 03:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Do you know about me?
My name is

https://i.imgur.com/5qZLFJ2.jpg

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 05:15 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

someone unearthed a 1978 performance of YMO, to my knowledge the earliest available live performance by them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiRdITBKRv8

has covers of "Come On" and "Satisfaction" (!!!) plus "Mad Pierrot" which they never did live after this

frogbs, Monday, 11 January 2021 17:53 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

finally someone made this gif

https://i.imgur.com/MWs0bBf.mp4

frogbs, Friday, 7 May 2021 19:23 (six months ago) link

'Kyun!'

Maresn3st, Friday, 7 May 2021 19:25 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Friday mood

https://i.imgur.com/YEalIZK.mp4

frogbs, Friday, 28 May 2021 18:49 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

https://i.imgur.com/gKNfvFv.jpg

frogbs, Monday, 28 June 2021 14:26 (five months ago) link

i'm sure this one has been here sometime before...

https://i.redd.it/y8j84eep98541.jpg

visiting, Monday, 28 June 2021 17:34 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

so fkn cool, love all those people (yes, sting too)

clouds, Thursday, 22 July 2021 21:23 (four months ago) link

everyone looking so dapper in that pic

it'd be funny to see like, a meat puppet in that photo too

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Thursday, 22 July 2021 21:38 (four months ago) link

inside all of us there are 3 ppl: a police, a orchestra, and a meat puppet

class project pat (m bison), Thursday, 22 July 2021 22:19 (four months ago) link

3.5 million views on this...wonder if it's another oddity of the YT algorithm. its such a cool performance, particularly on the part of Watanabe and Hosono (and yes Akiko too) but the real fun is just watching Takahashi play, he makes the drums seem like so much fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzSIwivBWJc

frogbs, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:34 (four months ago) link

also have been altered to the presence of an HD version of the "Kimi Ni Mune Kyun" video which might be the best low-effort music video ever made

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24bRSUeITXc

frogbs, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:39 (four months ago) link

XP - Whenever I see the footage of them playing in the US or Europe from that era I always wonder who their crowd was at that time. They seemed to be playing decent theatres, was it like your Talking Heads/B52s/Police fans maybe?

Maresn3st, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:41 (four months ago) link

from that same greek theater performance, the GOAT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z5sJJgX3GM

class project pat (m bison), Friday, 23 July 2021 15:45 (four months ago) link

amazing how utterly transformed that tune was on BGM

frogbs, Friday, 23 July 2021 15:53 (four months ago) link

Yeah that Tong Poo performance is constantly in my recommendations, must be another algorithm quirk.

No idea who their US/European audience were! Kraftwerk fans maybe?

a cad, a bounder, a rotter, a really bad sort (Matt #2), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:16 (four months ago) link

At the end of the tong poo video above, the emcee says that the Tubes are up next, so maybe their audience for that show was accidentally seeing the greatest opening band of all time

Z_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 23 July 2021 16:49 (four months ago) link

right, and I think if you listen closely to Public Pressure you can tell that they were the opening act. right after their last song on Side A you can immediately hear the opening of "TVC15" played over the PA, usually the house music doesn't come in that fact for the headliner

either way they did seem to get a lot of press in the Western world, at least until 1980 or so - the debut, the Xoo Multiplies comp, and BGM are all records I've seen in shops here. everything else is much harder to find. there was definitely a fascination with electronic music in general back then, after all this was when Jean-Michel Jarre was selling millions of copies of goofy synth music. There were also a few Japanese artists breaking through, at least in minor ways...Plastics did a tour here and apparently were fairly well-known in NYC, P-Model opened for XTC (at least Partridge claimed they did?)....feel like Xoo Multiplies (the Japanese version) was sort of a reaction to how these bands were being received overseas

frogbs, Friday, 23 July 2021 17:09 (four months ago) link

I have a recollection of The Plastics doing Copy on some US Punk documentary film? I think they lived in NYC for a while.

Maresn3st, Friday, 23 July 2021 17:45 (four months ago) link

*sorry Plastics, no The

Maresn3st, Friday, 23 July 2021 17:48 (four months ago) link

Whenever I see the footage of them playing in the US or Europe from that era I always wonder who their crowd was at that time.

"firecracker" was a hit in black communities iirc & a big influence on early hip hop etc.

ufo, Friday, 23 July 2021 17:55 (four months ago) link

I have a recollection of The Plastics doing Copy on some US Punk documentary film? I think they lived in NYC for a while.

Not quite a documentary, but might you be thinking of Downtown 81?

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 23 July 2021 18:25 (four months ago) link

Yes! Thanks

Maresn3st, Friday, 23 July 2021 18:48 (four months ago) link

iirc Grandmaster Flash always had "Firecracker" in his DJ set. and the group *somehow* wound up on Soul Train

frogbs, Friday, 23 July 2021 20:17 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

These snaps are so great they give me goosebumps -

An homage to the lost days of the Shinkansen dining car~time to relax transiting between cities after a rushed early hotel departure~as hangover gives way to appetite and the option to enjoy a tasty spaghetti meat sauce, Japanese curry or failing the constitution a simple omrice pic.twitter.com/ZTejyQjaj6

— Steve Jansen (@istevejansen) August 15, 2021

Maresn3st, Sunday, 15 August 2021 19:59 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

cool to hear "tong poo" and "firecracker" soundtrack junya watanabe's ss22 show, the former seems to be a newly arranged version by sakamoto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t0r0kuC5ts

missingNO, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 01:21 (one month ago) link

holy shit how did i not know that akiko yano did an album with (the band) japan?

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Thursday, 21 October 2021 20:46 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Fun Fact: Kazemachi Roman by Happy End and Technodelic were released 10 years apart. That is the same amount of time from when "Party Rock Anthem" was released to now.

frogbs, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 22:41 (one week ago) link


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