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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

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

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

one year passes...

Neuromantic is a masterpiece

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

p much

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

I haven't ordered from them yet - the live disc I got off eBay for a surprisingly reasonable price (like $16 after shipping)

found the full tracklisting:
1.Don’t Move
2.Luv U Tokio
3.Maisie’s Avenue
7.Disaster Baby
8.Radio (META Version)
10.Split Spirit (META Version)
11.Whiteout h

"Radio" was previously released by Towa Tei, featuring YT, probably my favorite song he's ever done. Looks good so far.

frogbs, Monday, 7 December 2015 15:19 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

make sure u wish YT a happy birthday on facebook today

frogbs, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 14:50 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

i know it's heresy but "hear say i", if you will: i'll take solo takahashi over hosono any day of the week

so many long stretches of both what me, worry and neuromantic are just siiiiiiick

like i just listened to "it's gonna work out" while watching sheryl crow's band rock out on mute at farm aid, and it made it seem like they were slaying the crowd with a journey of rhythm

Karl Malone, Sunday, 17 September 2017 05:05 (two years ago) link

and i like hosono a lot, too! he can't be denied! but i just feel like takahashi also cannot be denied

Karl Malone, Sunday, 17 September 2017 05:13 (two years ago) link

when people talk about takahashi's voice, it's often about the bowie/ferry thing, but too often it is left unmentioned that he really had a great ear for melody. i think they're infectious and have a way of sounding very familiar while also kind of unpredictable at the same time.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 17 September 2017 05:17 (two years ago) link

I am 100% waving my Hosono san Ichiban!! giant foam finger most of the day, but I've come to really like YT's vocals over the last year. His voice nowadays though is a lovely mature thing.

MaresNest, Sunday, 17 September 2017 11:54 (two years ago) link

Afraid the download link from Frogbs has really expired this time. Anyone want to do a re-up?

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 17 September 2017 13:47 (two years ago) link

I believe I've mentioned this on one of the other YMO threads but this asami kado album produced by mr. YT is one of my fave things he's done:

as for YT's solo stuff, those two records are solid. but generally... I feel like his albums are really patchy? I prefer hosono myself. um, very strongly.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:34 (two years ago) link

I like Takahashi's solo stuff the least of any YMO member (including Matsutake), but he's still an essential member of YMO. His combined live/Electronic drum sound is very distinct, and so are his vocals.

A lot of YMO records have a vocal melody that's pretty hard to follow, because Takahashi is sort of speaking/singing in a Lou Reed kind of way, and then there appears to be a pitch LFO on his voice on top of that. That style is all over BGM, and I have never heard that anywhere else -- except this Minks record from 2010.

3×5, Monday, 18 September 2017 18:24 (two years ago) link

for sure! I particularly love his playing on "perspective"; it's a drum track that doesn't draw much attention to itself at first but is so crisp, lean, and propulsive. and those fills rule <3

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 18 September 2017 22:32 (two years ago) link

yukihiro wrote some absolute classics.. "ballet", "rydeen"...

brimstead, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:00 (two years ago) link

whoa @ that Minks track. that is a really distinct effect.

I'm surprised how well he's kept up his drumming, especially since he's been a frontman/solo artist for like the last 30+ years. This track (which feels to me like an update of "Expected Way") has some real superb drumming of it, a bit more complex even than what he was doing in his YMO days


frogbs, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:33 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

new Beatniks album coming soon, that's unexpected

and again. this time called "Exitentialist a Xie Xie"

I guess I've only just now pored over that first album. Despite featuring two excellent musicians I never really gave it much time. It's quite an odd little record, they intentionally go for a weird outsider and somewhat avant-garde vibe though (as expected) the tunes are pretty good. I'm still amused that Aphex Twin remixed a track from it on his "26 Mixes For Cash" album. No way did anyone pay him any money for that!

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 14:20 (two years ago) link


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frogbs, Monday, 23 April 2018 20:52 (two years ago) link

Neuromantic is a masterpiece

― VENIET IMBER (imago), Monday, December 16, 2013 10:12 PM (four years ago)

No joke. Just bought it a couple of days ago and I love it.

my dreams in the hell-pits (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:33 (two years ago) link

I got a copy of What Me Worry at the beginning of the year. Has a really cool synth pop take on “It’s All Too Much”

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:26 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

YMO circa "Multiplies" X Sparks circa "Whomp That Sucker" would be something.

clouds, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 13:07 (one year ago) link

two months pass...
two months pass...


MaresNest, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:19 (one year ago) link

i skipped straight to 29:00 for some reason, and just like magic i heard some talking head in a documentary saying "punk was a response to the perception of theatrical excess in genres such as progressive rock"

Karl Malone, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:56 (one year ago) link

Yeah that Druid performance is ghastly

MaresNest, Saturday, 26 January 2019 22:17 (one year ago) link

Druid cementing their reputation as the British Starcastle there.

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:13 (one year 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 (one year 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

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— 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 (eight months ago) link

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

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:12 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

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

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:21 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

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

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"School Of Thought" is amazing

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:50 (eight months ago) link

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

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:51 (eight months ago) link

but you all know this <3

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:51 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

Didn't Yen have distribution in Europe?

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:24 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

(Here = London)

bamboohouses, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 17:07 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...



frogbs, Saturday, 4 July 2020 03:29 (one month ago) link


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

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