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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

five years pass...


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

ten months pass...


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


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

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

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

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


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

three days to SF YMO show

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

Rehearsal Pics!

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

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


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

one year passes...

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

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

one year passes...

Neuromantic is a masterpiece

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

p much

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

"flashback" is the bomb

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

try "murdered by the music" next!

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


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

yeah looking at some news reports it appears he was in rough shape for a while but apparently he didn't want to say anything about it until he got better. poor guy.

frogbs, Monday, 16 January 2023 05:30 (three weeks ago) link

Takahashi's presence on here - and Nelson's on "Tomorrow's Just Another Day" - was one of the greatest things to come out of 1983.


SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 16 January 2023 17:23 (three weeks ago) link

That Boys Will Be Boys film is a damn treat.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 January 2023 18:54 (three weeks ago) link

been listening to this performance a lot lately. this is such a pretty song and one I can't get out of my mind since he passed.


I'm not clear on the details but his 60th birthday party felt like a real event, he did two performances, one focusing on his technopop stuff and the other on his more recent singer/songwriter material, both with completely different bands. from the videos it looks like pretty much everyone showed up. I am pretty sure this is how Metafive started. as I said at the time I don't know if there's another person on this planet who could've put a band like that together.

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

I love that clip, so great! Is that from a longer concert film, frogbs?

I am so eternally sad about his passing. I'm glad that there's so much brilliant music and video out there, that I haven't yet explored, and I can easily distract myself, it is really comforting.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 17:42 (two weeks ago) link

Really love that Boys Will Be Boys footage. As I mentioned the other day, the performance of It's All Gonna Work Out is so good. I love that it has some Tomorrow's Just Another Day songs on there. That's one of the albums that really made me fall for him and get fully into YMO.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

I found Chronograph and Stella, I assume there's more but I can't find it on Youtube



no clue what he's talking about with Hosono in the second one but it's still heartwarming to see. despite everything YT still looks nervous on stage! and the song they play is almost too much to bear right now

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

I found this also today...


Love the little nods to 'Computer Game' in the opening track.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 18:02 (two weeks ago) link

God, this too, there's so much out there...


MaresNest, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 18:11 (two weeks ago) link

I'm sure this has made the rounds again and again but I did only just finally see the YMO at Budokan in 1980 performance last night -- man, Takahashi on drums in particular, that's something to note. Not simply metronomic at all, that's a real control to things as well as flow.


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

Whoops, sorry that one didn't go through! But easy enough to search by title...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

i love that budokan show - i've watched it so many times it feels like an official release

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 18:27 (two weeks ago) link

that reminds me, i picked up the "IT'S GONNA WORK OUT" box earlier this year and need to check out the videos

diamonddave85 (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 17 January 2023 18:40 (two weeks ago) link

On a related note it's Ryuichi Sakamoto's birthday today and WKCR radio in NYC is doing one of their marathon 24 hour birthday broadcasts.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 17 January 2023 20:30 (two weeks ago) link

yeah I was watching some of that Budokan show yesterday and noticed the same thing. he's so impossibly precise. never goes outside of the tune but plays just slightly enough in front that it sounds like he's leading the songs. also fun to note Akiko in these performances, she always looks like she's having twice as much fun as everyone else. you'd think it was because her parts weren't as involved but she's almost doing more than Sakamoto sometimes!

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 January 2023 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

Lord I love watching comps of old Japanese ads, someone recently uploaded this, which appears to be more YT-centric than the others I've come across.


MaresNest, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 16:35 (two weeks ago) link

Hosono issued a statement today. had to be Google translated obviously but still some very nice words

I'm going to face my life and death with the uncomfortable feeling that I can't hold onto my chest. That's the death of a friend. Emotion rejects death, Reason accepts it. There's no escape from this sorrowful storm.

A man's life is like a book. I just finished reading the book "Yuki Takahashi", and many fans are trying to write a sequel. The story ends but the book doesn't disappear, it's always there.

Yukui's death resonated the world. Only now knowing the magnitude of his influence on overseas musicians, it turns out that Yuki Takahashi is actually a big star.

When I first met Kuyoshi he was 16 and I was 21. And then half a century of dating. I think it's strange that we know each other for a long time, we broke up for a long time.

What I was to Mr. Yuki Takahashi. Maybe that's my "weird uncle". His stern eyes must have been watching me the whole time. Seems like they've admitted it a bit since some time. The glare was directed at himself and eventually became the most fashionable musician in the world.

frogbs, Friday, 20 January 2023 17:02 (two weeks ago) link

Very moving indeed. There's a real depth of feeling there.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 January 2023 17:06 (two weeks ago) link


MaresNest, Monday, 23 January 2023 11:01 (two weeks ago) link

well, that sure looks like a must watch

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 23 January 2023 17:18 (two weeks ago) link

I found a copy of it but with no subs and I can't locate a .srt file for it, super frustrating. It looks like a pretty light kitchen-farce. However, the director is the same guy that made Hausu, 10 years earlier!

MaresNest, Monday, 23 January 2023 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

oh, if you haven't watched any other obayashi movies... well, you're in for a treat!

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 23 January 2023 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

with subtitles here

visiting, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:51 (one week ago) link

Interested to see this. Thanks, visiting!

Sites like that drive me up a wall. Tried a few different things to download the video and only something called "Internet Download Manager" worked. Can upload in 720p to whatever sharing site if anyone wants.

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 02:10 (one week ago) link

(really doesn't seem to be any way to get it legitimately with subtitles)

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 02:11 (one week ago) link

visiting, thanks for that link! that bottle of wine they're thinking of opening near the beginning, 300K yen...that's 367K yen today, or $2800 US dollars :-o

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 02:58 (one week ago) link

Can upload in 720p to whatever sharing site if anyone wants

Don't think anyone here will say no.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 03:13 (one week ago) link

Absolutely, I found a pretty good rip of it but with no .srt, so I'd love to watch it in any format

MaresNest, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 11:09 (one week ago) link

what's a good site to send a file that big these days? that's not blocked for many. can do in 9hrs or so.

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 11:32 (one week ago) link

I like Fromsmash, it has the same 7 day limit but I find it's less flakey than Wetransfer

MaresNest, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 11:34 (one week ago) link

ok will do thanks

fwiw i think only "server 2" on the pirate site had it in the higher res. Looks nice.

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 12:38 (one week ago) link

ok here's download link, good til Jan 31 evening

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:09 (one week ago) link


*chants* M-V-P! M-V-P!

*pounding of fists on the table, bedlam rising*

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:13 (one week ago) link

can do in 9hrs or so.

― maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, January 24, 2023 5:32 AM (nine hours ago)

*multiple people begin writing wikipedia entry*

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:15 (one week ago) link

the file works well for me, playback via VLC. thanks maffew12!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:18 (one week ago) link

Roxor. Will grab it later! Deeply appreciated.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:24 (one week ago) link

amazing! many thanks

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 22:09 (one week ago) link

According to japanese wikipedia, YT did this movie in response to RS having starred in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.

Kim Kimberly, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 00:47 (one week ago) link

haha yep c'mon if I were him I'd also be offended if RS was considered the movie star in YMO. no offense obv

frogbs, Thursday, 26 January 2023 04:35 (one week ago) link

anyway wanted to post this track, one of the last things he's on. god I love his "make some noise" sample


frogbs, Thursday, 26 January 2023 04:36 (one week ago) link

Thanks so much, maffew!

MaresNest, Thursday, 26 January 2023 14:13 (one week ago) link

Yukihiro tribute for the next hour on NTS channel 1, starting right now!

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:02 (six days ago) link

oh damn whatever's playing now is excellent, anyone know what it is?? do they release tracklists after?

frogbs, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:19 (six days ago) link

It's fantastic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uedrxUW8exo

MaresNest, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:21 (six days ago) link

The guy's channel is great btw, well worth checking out.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:24 (six days ago) link

oh wow a live "Nice Age", never heard this before. Akiko's on it

frogbs, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:26 (six days ago) link

awww man this is great

I actually know who this DJ is! Towa Tei did a song with them and the video is mesmerizing. YT appears...as the robot


frogbs, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:29 (six days ago) link

Thanks listening now!

Alicia Silver Stone (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:30 (six days ago) link

Right now it's "River in the Ocean" by The Beatniks. idk how many ILXors know this record but it's really great, this song in particular is great. and to think it wasn't even on the original version!


(also worth mentioning: this album came out the same year as BGM, Technodelic, and Neuromantic...what an insane year that was for him)

frogbs, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 15:39 (six days ago) link

Really enjoyed that! Tracklist normally gets added when the show is archived, will post a link when it goes up

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 16:34 (six days ago) link

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