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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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.


Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 01:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

they marked me pretty deep as well.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 02:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

do you understand me mr.ohira ?

eleki-san (eleki-san), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 15:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

>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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 22:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 11 February 2004 22:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

>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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

cºzen (Cozen), Friday, 10 September 2004 19:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 13:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 14:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

please do mr williams

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 25 May 2006 19:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

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

amateurist, Tuesday, 4 August 2009 14:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Haruomi Hosono

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

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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


missingNO, Saturday, 25 December 2010 03:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Love the synth trumpet!

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 26 December 2010 17:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

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


Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 26 December 2010 17:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

good news, it looks like it'll all be archived on NTS either monday or tuesday!

Karl Malone, Monday, 27 November 2017 01:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

Aw yes!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 27 November 2017 08:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

The NTS Hosono Day shows are now all up on Mixcloud (where NTS archive everything) - I've made a playlist here:

(I *think* this was the broadcast order - I can't seem to find the schedule online - but do let me know if there's any corrections!)

bamboohouses, Monday, 27 November 2017 21:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh man, that's great, thank you! the only thing i might suggest is adding the artists/tracktitles for each show, at least the ones that were made available (unless you already did and i didn't see them?).

the playlists for each show are at https://www.nts.live/recently-added
some of the shows didn't include a playlist (like the japan blues set: https://www.nts.live/shows/haruomi-hosono-ymo-day/episodes/japan-blues-hosono-26th-november-2017)
but others did, like the visible clouds set (https://www.nts.live/shows/haruomi-hosono-ymo-day/episodes/visible-cloaks-hosono-26th-november-2017)

Karl Malone, Monday, 27 November 2017 22:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

No worries - although I didn’t actually upload these to Mixcloud, NTS use it to archive everything, I just assembled the playlist so everything’s in one place. So am afraid I can’t add track lists to the uploads - although doesn’t Mixcloud sometimes attempt to auto identify tracks?

The Visible Cloaks mix is terrific, as you’d expect.

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 08:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

I had a listen to that imaginary 1980 YMO album linked upthread and it's terrific - flows really nicely and all the tracks feel of a piece, which does make you realise how the later YMO albums were effectively collections of solo tracks.

Also interesting how closely Takahashi's solo stuff tracks whatever YMO were doing at the time. His work is less routinely praised than Hosono or Sakamoto, but you get the impression he was a seriously dominant force in YMO sessions.

bamboohouses, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

Takahashi's solo stuff is all really well done, though perhaps a bit too much in the new romantic vein for me a lot of times. I don't see him as any less of a force in that band than the others, especially after the first album or two

Dominique, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

good time to mention that one of my favorite YT tracks is finally on Youtube


pretty easy to figure out what "influenced" this but I still love it

I do buy the idea that Takahashi was the dominant force in the group - despite his many diversions into AOR and Burt Bacharach-inspired schmaltz he's always had the technopop thing in his back pocket

frogbs, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

which track is it? (the youtube video is down, at least for me)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

"00" from The Dearest Fool

frogbs, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:33 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh cool, thanks! i haven't heard anything from that album. there is a lot to go through.

while googling for dearest fool i ran across a feature on solo material (http://mostly-retro.com/2017/01/22/ymo-101-the-solo-records/), which has probably been linked here before. part of a 6-part YMO series

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh man, that looks like a fun read. I think he nails it with Takahashi's discography - every single YT album I've heard has at least one killer track but as a whole those mid-80's/early 90's discs were pretty bad. from '95 on I think everything he did is worth hearing. there's a live album from '98 that I'm particularly fond of.

frogbs, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

Ah no --- THIS is the site for info on YMO and YMO related musics. Hasn't been updated in almost a decade but I think it's still essential information. http://artcontext.com/artskool/jem/index.html

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that's definitely the source! it's much comprehensive, and i've browsed through there many a time. i just linked to the mostly-retro set of pieces for a different angle on it.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

I came to that site a long time ago for information on the group and had no clue about any of the artists on the sidebar, outside of Polysics. A decade later I think I know nearly all of them, outside of some of the *real* obscure ones. Awesome website.

frogbs, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 18:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

xp wow thanks bamboohouses for putting that together

Brakhage, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 23:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

Not sure when this happened, but the YMO back catalogue has popped up on both Spotify and Apple Music here in the UK - they’ve never been on any streaming services over here previously.

bamboohouses, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

!!!! Same in the us!!!

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

It happened about two/three weeks back.

MaresNest, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

why was i not notified?

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:14 (ten months ago) Permalink

I did actually post it up in the 'bands absent from Spotify' thread, should have done here too, sry :)

MaresNest, Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:58 (ten months ago) Permalink


AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

i'm once again listening to the NTS mixes of hosono and YMO-related material that were discussed upthread. i really liked this one, written by Hosono, which comes in about half of the way through Light in the Attic's mix:


it's fairly pleasant but run of the mill Buggles style new wave until the chorus kicks in, which is just heavenly

Karl Malone, Friday, 15 December 2017 00:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

oops, wrong link. meant to post this:


Karl Malone, Friday, 15 December 2017 00:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

probably a weird comp but it reminds me of the giddy feeling i would have a kid when listening to manic monday

Karl Malone, Friday, 15 December 2017 00:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

as a kid. i haven't had any given birth to any children via the bangles (yet)

Karl Malone, Friday, 15 December 2017 00:46 (ten months ago) Permalink


Karl Malone, Friday, 15 December 2017 00:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Technopolis"really is a masterful piece of music. Packed with melodies, funky, weird, tense, exciting, elegant...

brimstead, Friday, 15 December 2017 04:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

And I guess really it's very "triumphant" sounding, overall

brimstead, Friday, 15 December 2017 04:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

this Akiko Yano tune is so gorgeous - I apparently 5-starred it on iTunes long ago but never gave it another listen. oops!!


while fruitlessly searching for it on Youtube I came across this, a duet with her and Hiromi Uehara - never seen Hiromi live, she's such a beast - amazing that Akiko can keep up with her at all


frogbs, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

wow, she puts the percussion into the piano. she's amazing!

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

whoa that duet is great thanks... gonna have to check out their albums.

"assembly" isn't very representative of the album it comes from.

new noise, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

Things you find out from YouTube comments threads: Haruomi Hosono's grandfather was the only surviving Japanese passenger of the Titanic.


Hosono's story remained a source of shame for his family for decades. He never spoke of it himself, though his letter to his wife was published at least twice, after his death and in 1980 when an unsuccessful bid was mounted to find the wreck of Titanic.[1] In the late 1990s, the Hosono family released the letter to the media[2] in the wake of James Cameron's hugely successful 1997 film Titanic. Haruomi Hosono, Masabumi's grandson and leading member of the band Yellow Magic Orchestra, declared that he was "extremely relieved. Honour has been restored to the Hosonos." As Julian Stringer puts it, the letter "enables Haruomi to build a 'bridge' back to his father's emotional life, and so reverse years of social disgrace, through the symbolic properties encrusted in its patina."

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Saturday, 6 January 2018 21:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Yeah, a poll of all the versions would be interesting.

MaresNest, Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

new kate nv album alert. haven't listened to it, but i look forward to doing so tomorrow

Karl Malone, Monday, 25 June 2018 05:21 (three months ago) Permalink

hah, good thread to put that in. I had no idea

frogbs, Monday, 25 June 2018 12:59 (three months ago) Permalink


I'd Rather Kecak (NickB), Monday, 25 June 2018 13:06 (three months ago) Permalink


ha, yeah i think this is the only thread she's mentioned in. i have to admit i'm bummed there's (almost) no singing on her new one. most of the album plays out like a more chilled out version of the instrumental tracks on Binasu. i always liked those tracks, but her ability to channel that vibe into pop songs was what made Binasu one of the best albums of 2016 (imo)

Karl Malone, Monday, 25 June 2018 16:28 (three months ago) Permalink

yup, it's very good but it's no Binasu.

stirmonster, Monday, 25 June 2018 17:41 (three months ago) Permalink

listening now, this is kind of like her Monad album huh? not sure what to think of it yet

frogbs, Thursday, 5 July 2018 19:14 (three months ago) Permalink

I met with a piece of legend at Yukimasa Okumura’s studio last night...
昨日は久しぶりに奥村靫正さんの事務所へ。いつも通りの軽やかな感じで「こんなの出てきたんだよ〜」って、こ、これは…(!)#YMO#BGM#TECHNODELIC pic.twitter.com/aA4lbZgRKn

— 古平正義 Masayoshi Kodaira (@KodairaFLAME) April 17, 2018

MaresNest, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 15:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Ugh, sorry for huge

MaresNest, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 15:05 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


this version of Cue performed by Metafive is maybe even better than the original with the added horns

one of my favourite songs ever

ufo, Saturday, 28 July 2018 05:54 (two months ago) Permalink

New compilation of YMO and some solo tracks coming out as part of the 40th Anniversary of the band, curated by Towa Tei, remastered etc:

Seems a little redundant as we all know there are a shit load of YMO comps available.


MaresNest, Monday, 30 July 2018 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah not sure what the point of that is exactly. I think the idea of mixing in the solo stuff is good but who needs another comp at this point. Especially given that all three musicians are still plenty active....

That version of Cue is excellent. Even though Metafive probably isn’t gonna record another album it’s pretty cool that they’re all constantly working together still. I could put together a great comp of tracks that are like...half of that group at a time.

frogbs, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 01:09 (two months ago) Permalink


a great performance of one of my favorite songs of theirs

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 22:15 (two months ago) Permalink

wow I love the feeling the piano gives it, fantastic

ufo, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:16 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Standard LP, 2x45rpm LP, and SACD reissues forthcoming. At least in Japan, I assume they'll be available globally, too

willem, Friday, 24 August 2018 09:30 (one month ago) Permalink

wow @ that "Wild Ambitions" performance, that's really special. agree that the grand piano really makes it.

don't know if I've posted this before but I really dig this cover of "Sportsman"


frogbs, Friday, 24 August 2018 13:43 (one month ago) Permalink

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