Yukihiro Takahashi: S & D

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Obviously search his work in Y.M.O., particularly 'Naughty Boys', where his influence is most apparent. All of his solo work from about '80 to '84 is great. That includes 'Murdered By the Music' ('80), 'Neuromantic' ('81), 'What Me WORRY' (1982), 'Tomorrow's Just Another Day', 'Time and Place [LIVE]' ('83), and 'Wild and Moody' ('84). 'Once a Fool' from '85 is a little bland but has some good songs. 'EGO' from '88 is more energetic than some of the stuff befoe, but it's a date cheesy and dated in the late '80s.

Anyway, love the voice--kind of a Japanese Bowie. I like how his voice sort of fluctuates almost unexpectedly. Great drummer too. Handsome fellow.

Oh, and his recent with with Sketch Show is great.

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Pinky Pompus, Saturday, 11 September 2004 08:42 (sixteen years ago) link

japanese bowie??? Maybe if all bowie did was charmingly mumble lyrics. he doesn't have near the range.

salt water express, Sunday, 12 September 2004 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...


Sharif don't like it, rock the CRASBO (corey), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:24 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...


Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 24 June 2011 04:55 (nine years ago) link

I just dug up a solo record by Takahashi, from the back of my closet. From 1981, I think? I can't remember much about it, to be honest, but the first track is essentially YMO--the credits list Hosono and Sakamoto ('on Fairlight'!)

geeta, Friday, 24 June 2011 05:05 (nine years ago) link


jaxon, Friday, 24 June 2011 06:33 (nine years ago) link

this is my all time takachan jam


the synths in the chorus are so sick

corpse pose (missingNO), Friday, 24 June 2011 07:40 (nine years ago) link

Who wrote the lyrics for that? They don't seem like they were written by an English-speaker. Either way yeah thats one of his best

frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 13:42 (nine years ago) link

ha! there's something very '80s Bowie about that video clip

geeta, Friday, 24 June 2011 15:19 (nine years ago) link

wow! That's Bill Nelson playing guitar!

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 24 June 2011 16:48 (nine years ago) link

both Sakamoto and Takahashi seemed to imitate Bowie at some stage - look at "Left Handed Dream"

turns out Peter Barakan wrote the lyrics to that song which is weird b/c they're oddly clumsy. i love when Japanese bands write their own English lyrics, it results in things like "fall in love with elevator/see you later, re-frig-u-ra-ator"

frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 17:00 (nine years ago) link

another great album to search out is the beatniks. Takahashi & Keiichi Suzuki


jaxon, Friday, 24 June 2011 17:10 (nine years ago) link

has anyone heard YT's later stuff?

I have some of his 80's and 90's albums and they're usually decent with at least one awesome tune on each. His stuff with Hosono as "Sketch Show" is really great and I've heard his later solo albums all sound like that

frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 17:12 (nine years ago) link

three days to SF YMO show

Milton Parker, Friday, 24 June 2011 17:25 (nine years ago) link

damn it if I was within like 16 hours driving distance to that i'd be there


frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 18:01 (nine years ago) link

im actually really bummed out about this. this might be the last chance americans get to see YMO

frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 18:02 (nine years ago) link

I expect the US YMO shows will be close to what they've been doing live for the past few years: acoustic reinterpretations with some glitchy elements. Very stripped down. Light on synths. Therefore a big yawn IMHO.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 24 June 2011 19:41 (nine years ago) link

Hate to be a party poop but - you know - I could be proven wrong. i hope so!

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 24 June 2011 19:41 (nine years ago) link

i like the sketch show albums and the HASYMO singles but I don't see them working live at all. the LONDONYMO disc didn't even feel live but it was a really good listen regardless

the World Happiness set they did last year was something different and probably closer to your liking

frogbs, Friday, 24 June 2011 19:59 (nine years ago) link

saw some live clips from a few years ago and it sounded like bad lite jazz. and i like lite jazz.

oh, and some shitty beatles coverzzzz

jaxon, Friday, 24 June 2011 20:02 (nine years ago) link

i dig that Beatniks record

when i saw YMO a few years ago it was like weird glitchy minimalist lounge music w/ epic visuals, though think it was technically HASYMO. def completely electronic. it was pretty good but not something i'd usually seek out. the version of "Ongaku" was completely amazing

corpse pose (missingNO), Saturday, 25 June 2011 01:35 (nine years ago) link

I regret not buying tickets and flying to LA from from NY for this. As frogbs said, they're moving away for the glitchy Sketch Show sound. I saw a photo of them rehearsing and there's a Prophet 5, so there ya go!

I can't believe I started this thread 7 years ago. I'm still as big a fan as ever.

Patrick South, Saturday, 25 June 2011 02:28 (nine years ago) link

Rehearsal Pics!

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 25 June 2011 03:28 (nine years ago) link

That's Bill Nelson playing guitar!

Yeah, Takahashi featured on Bill's excellent "Chimera" EP along with Mick Karn.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:10 (nine years ago) link

Just saw this Pocky ad with YMO (×∞ Multiplies-inspired design--I dig it)


geeta, Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:17 (nine years ago) link

are you in the J, geeta?

lol at hosono napping in those rehearsal pix

corpse pose (missingNO), Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:44 (nine years ago) link

has anyone heard YT's later stuff?

i really like his 2009 album 'Page By Page', has collaborations with Cornelius, Steve Jansen, Lali Puna

zappi, Saturday, 25 June 2011 09:58 (nine years ago) link

are you in the J, geeta?

ha, i wish--I've never been to Japan (will hopefully remedy that sometime soon)

you lucky sods who are going to the LA or SF shows over the next couple of days, report back

geeta, Saturday, 25 June 2011 22:42 (nine years ago) link

ha ha the Pocky ad is still blowing my mind!!

make sure your speakers are on, 'Rydeen' is the soundtrack

geeta, Tuesday, 28 June 2011 19:14 (nine years ago) link

three months pass...

new Beatniks album coming soon, that's unexpected
apparently Towa Tei did a track with him on his new album. awesome how Towa keeps paying respects to YMO, I think all three members have guested on an album at some point. you can clearly hear Hosono doing backing vocals on "G.B.I." but he's uncredited

as for as the albums go - his late 80's/early 90's work seems a little weak, but the 'new' version of "Betsu-ni" from A Day in the Next Life is so incredibly beautiful

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 15:34 (nine years ago) link

I'd be interested in giving that Beatniks album a listen. There was a few weeks earlier this year when all I listened to were the four albums he did from Murdered By The Music to Tomorrow's Just Another Day. It was amazing finding basically a bunch of other brilliant YMO albums, especially as Naughty Boys is my favourite and they're quite similar.

This is one of my favourite songs from those albums.


So many great tracks though, School Of Though, Drip Dry Eyes, Blue Colour Woker, My Bright Tomorrow and Kagerou especially.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 15:53 (nine years ago) link

The great thing about What, Me Worry? is all the guest vocalists that kinda take the pressure off Takahashi. His voice is decent but I don't know if I like it to carry a whole album. That said I think it did improve a little as he went on.

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 15:55 (nine years ago) link

That is a great album but I've never really had a problem with his vocals. My favourite YMO song is Opened My Eyes which is made by his vocal, especially the way he sings " I couldn't sleep in my bed at night, I didn't have any appetite for anything"


Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 16:04 (nine years ago) link

The new Beatniks album came as a surprise to me as well (Amazon Japan is good at notifying me). I pre-ordered it this morning!

Patrick South, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 16:06 (nine years ago) link

IMO his best vocal is that garbled up thing he does in "Camoflauge"
I dunno, I did get annoyed by the way he seems to add an extra syllable to some of his words. That said the vocals in "It's Gonna Work Out" are pretty ace. As long as he stays within his limitations he does fine.

frogbs, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 16:07 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

kitchen you've heard "Exitenialism" haven't you?

frogbs, Thursday, 15 November 2012 04:52 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Neuromantic is a masterpiece

VENIET IMBER (imago), Tuesday, 17 December 2013 03:12 (seven years ago) link

p much

clouds, Tuesday, 17 December 2013 05:01 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...


Been geeking out over this one lately. I like YT's work in general but I have tended to notice that many of his albums are a little uneven, and almost all of them feature at least one or two totally knockout tracks. Here's a 1998 live release that focuses a lot on his mid-to-late 90's work, but with some great callbacks to his early solo albums ("Something in the Air" and "Kid-Nap the Dreamer"). His work certainly took a turn for the more mature crowd (in other words: kinda boring) but the songs on here are almost universally gorgeous, alternating between big, powerful ballads and really pleasant pop songs. Production is great and Yuki himself sounds about as good as he ever has. Check it out!!

frogbs, Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:15 (seven years ago) link

finally listening to What Me Worry? after being obsessed with Neuromantic for several months. It's great! "This Strange Obsession" seriously should have been a massive global hit.

Karl Malone, Friday, 25 April 2014 01:44 (six years ago) link

"flashback" is the bomb

massaman gai, Friday, 25 April 2014 05:06 (six years ago) link

try "murdered by the music" next!

clouds, Friday, 25 April 2014 11:58 (six years ago) link


clouds, Friday, 25 April 2014 12:00 (six years ago) link

yeah "murdered by the music" is great - kind of like a more fleshed out companion album to Xoo Multiplies

frogbs, Friday, 25 April 2014 13:29 (six years ago) link

"school of thought" is so good, the main synth riff kinda reminds me of sparks for some reason.

brimstead, Friday, 25 April 2014 23:46 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Takahashi, Towa Tei, Yoshinori Sunahara (ex-Denki Groove), Cornelius, Tomohiko Gondo, and Leo Imai to form a supergroup, good God:


Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:03 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Towa Tei ft. Yukihiro Takahashi and Kiko Mizuhara - "The Burning Plain"


Great song. Amusingly enough the song is about the act of watching the movie rather than the movie itself.

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:17 (six years ago) link

have you heard his metafive supergroup album? towa tei is in that one too. and cornelius.


original bgm, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:07 (six years ago) link

Had no idea they actually released something - will try to grab as soon as I can find a cheaper copy ;) The trailer sounds good. The In Phase release seems interesting too, I dig the more mature stuff too so long as the songwriting is there. I've posted about his "Run After You" live release which is maybe my favorite YT album overall but I don't think anyone knows those songs.

Lately I've been obsessed with a song called "'00" from his 1999 album The Dearest Fool. Can't find it on Youtube but it's really neat, has a really similar groove to "Jumbo" by Underworld

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:16 (six years ago) link

Yeah that Druid performance is ghastly

MaresNest, Saturday, 26 January 2019 22:17 (two years ago) link

Druid cementing their reputation as the British Starcastle there.

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:13 (two years ago) link

Ha, Cedric Sharpley on drums! I don't think he brought the gong with him when he joined Gary Numan's band.

Vast Halo, Sunday, 27 January 2019 22:20 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

What was the video MaresNest posted up here, two months ago? It's gone.

I've been listening quite a lot to Takahashi's later solo albums, and they're really nice. 'Neuromantic' is an all time classic, but I've never really bothered with his more traditional song-based albums. 'Page by Page' has guest contributions by Lali Puna, Cornelius, among others, it's good. But it's 'Blue Moon Blue' that I keep returning to.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 25 April 2019 07:49 (one year ago) link

It was Sadistic Mika Band on The Old Grey Whistle Test, someone was uploading full episodes, off-air recordings with the clocks and all, guess it wouldn't last long before the BBC shut them down.

MaresNest, Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:01 (one year ago) link


This one? :)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:50 (one year ago) link

Yeppers, with fantastically racist modified GLEY in the signage at the back of the studio.

MaresNest, Thursday, 25 April 2019 12:40 (one year ago) link

lol that he's been making that same lip-biting face while drumming for 40 years

forgot there's a few YT albums I haven't caught up on. I thought Blue Moon Blue was pretty good. I actually like The Dearest Fool from 1999 a lot. From '95 on his stuff got good again...there's a whole decade of YT stuff (from say, 1984 to 1994) that I don't really have any interest in.

frogbs, Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:25 (one year ago) link

blessed image

METAFIVE✨ pic.twitter.com/VhrFg4lcXn

— TOWA TEI (@towatei) April 25, 2019

1) who is the guy on the bottom? (not Cornelius, the other one)
2) how is Takahashi five years older than my Dad?

frogbs, Thursday, 25 April 2019 20:34 (one year ago) link

ok so a Page by Page track showed up on shuffle ("Atomic Chicken Dog") and for the first 3 minutes I was like, "what Mouse on Mars track is this?"

frogbs, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:47 (one year ago) link

I feel guilty about being so sniffy towards YT for years, he rules, not quite as hard as HH but damn close.

MaresNest, Friday, 3 May 2019 20:29 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

I always end up listening to a lot of YMO this time of year.

Just been going through some of Takahashi's early 80s albums and they are blowing me away all over again. I think I've been sleeping on how brilliant What Me Worry is. I need more albums like this.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:09 (one year ago) link

Also, Murdered By The Music! That album is a ridiculous amount of fun.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:12 (one year ago) link

picked up Neuromantic on vinyl in a tiny second hand store recently and its reaaaaally great stuff. love it.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 22:12 (one year ago) link

That's a good find. Possibly my favourite of his.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:21 (one year ago) link

That is a good find! Is it the Alfa or the Epic lp? And how much did you pay? (expecting an unassumed 0.50 price tag here)

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:36 (one year ago) link

Also, Murdered By The Music! That album is a ridiculous amount of fun.

― kitchen person, Tuesday, November 26, 2019 12:12 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

"School Of Thought" is amazing

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:50 (one year ago) link

"disposable love" off what me worry is a gem too

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:51 (one year ago) link

but you all know this <3

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:51 (one year ago) link

so many great songs on Murdered by the Music - really love "Kid-Nap the Dreamer" (and the weird ass ska coda), "Blue Colour Worker", and "Radioactivist"

that last one was even on one of the Metafive live albums

those 3 LPs he did concurrent with YMO are excellent of course, anyone who digs the poppier side of YMO will love those three. I also like some of his later discs, particularly The Dearest Fool from '99 which has some really choice tunes on it

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:57 (one year ago) link

they actually had 2 copies. it was about £4 and average condition, plays totally fine. not sure of the pressing/label as dont have it to hand.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:04 (one year ago) link

i'm guessing a lot of YMO connected records had fairly good western distribution compared to most other Japanese artists in the 70s/80s... in the UK at least

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:05 (one year ago) link

Didn't Yen have distribution in Europe?

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:24 (one year ago) link

At least anecdotally, Takahashi's solo LPs seem pretty easy to get hold of over here, way more than Hosono and Sakamoto.

I got my copy of Wild & Moody in a tiny shop in Bruges, of all places.

bamboohouses, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 17:07 (one year ago) link

(Here = London)

bamboohouses, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 17:07 (one year ago) link

yeah, I see copies of them fairly regularly at record fairs and shops round here (uk south coast)

Wee Bloabby (NickB), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 17:20 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...



frogbs, Saturday, 4 July 2020 03:29 (nine months ago) link


time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Saturday, 4 July 2020 03:37 (nine months ago) link

is there a picture of Ron Mael breaking character?

time is running out to pitch in $5 (Karl Malone), Saturday, 4 July 2020 03:37 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

brain tumor :(


fortunately he seems to be doing okay, hope all is well with the guy

frogbs, Monday, 31 August 2020 01:29 (seven months ago) link

That's sad news. Hope he pulls through. I was just listening to What Me Worry yesterday. It's such a masterpiece.

kitchen person, Monday, 31 August 2020 02:06 (seven months ago) link

Damn :(

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 31 August 2020 07:57 (seven months ago) link

Fuck that shit :(

Maresn3st, Monday, 31 August 2020 15:18 (seven months ago) link

oof, hang in there, mr. yt. it's gonna work out.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 31 August 2020 20:54 (seven months ago) link

by chance, i just purchased a copy of Wild & Moody yesterday, haven't even listened to it yet. bad news about takahashi - wishing the best for him.

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Monday, 31 August 2020 20:58 (seven months ago) link


SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 31 August 2020 21:07 (seven months ago) link


SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 31 August 2020 21:07 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

sounds like a good update (according to translate)

This morning, the result of the MRI test that I was thinking that I was going to go to the future of the very important future, and the night I was worried about it, the doctor's teacher rushed to the other person's surgery, and I heard the results." It's going well. No problem, no brain swelling, and finally, you saw the lights at the exit of the tunnel ′′
My tears were overflowing, and I gently hid it.
For the next week and a half, the treatment continues, and even after the discharge, the anti-cancer agents will continue, so I will attend regularly.
I'll do my best,,,
Everything is to heal,,,

frogbs, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:27 (six months ago) link

Phew! Clicking on this thread is stressful

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 7 October 2020 14:36 (six months ago) link

in other news...a copy of Murdered by the Music arrived today. what happened to the cover? the one I got (an '82 UK version) has this weird clip art cover, like something you'd use for a promo image if the actual cover wasn't finished. and where is "I-Kasu"? how do you delete that part?? but man, I forgot how much I loved this album. its got all these goofy elements to it that other YT albums don't have. "Radioactivist" is such a great tune...I love his phrasing "a rah-dee-ohh-act-ivv-eeest?"

frogbs, Monday, 12 October 2020 02:33 (six months ago) link

Bloody hell, I missed this news. Hang in there yukihiro!

kites aren't fun (NickB), Monday, 12 October 2020 10:09 (six months ago) link

I have a boring admin day today. So, while I'm tied to my laptop, I shall dig out some Yuki.

Maresn3st, Monday, 12 October 2020 10:16 (six months ago) link

released from the hospital today

frogbs, Friday, 23 October 2020 14:45 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

YT otm


frogbs, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:07 (two months ago) link

What's this from?

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 14:58 (two months ago) link

it's a HASYMO interview from about a decade ago. whoever translated it was clearly having a good time:


frogbs, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:08 (two months ago) link

Ah I think I've got the DVD of this somewhere... Thanks!

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 16:53 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

finally got a copy of Neuromantic and am giving it a close lesson and I'm amazed how great it is. I always knew it was good but for some reason its greatness eluded me until now. the rhythms on this thing are sick - its got that Numan/Ultravox sound to it but the fact that it's written by a drummer makes it unlike anything else. like who else could pull off something like "Connection" back then (also makes me wonder if he's responsible for that bonkers rhythm on Akiko Yano's "VET"? I mean it is unlike anything else she's ever done). also I hadn't noticed but "Charge" is basically "Rydeen 2". for so long I had thought of this as little more than "Drip Dry Eyes" and "Something in the Air" but I was dead wrong.

frogbs, Monday, 5 April 2021 02:29 (one week ago) link

Neuromantic is the fucking bomb

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 5 April 2021 02:31 (one week ago) link

lol just slowed down "Extra-Ordinary" by 10% and it does sound like something off Replicas

frogbs, Monday, 5 April 2021 02:34 (one week ago) link

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