Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Yellow Magic Orchestra - Rydeen

Album: Solid State Survivor (Alfa/A&M,1979) Chart pos:N/A

YMO are so revered in Japan that they were dubbed as their answer to Kraftwerk. Which isn't really fair as they sounded more like Giorgio Moroder if he discovered Japanese classical music. Even though they were poppier and less pared down than Kraftwerk they still weren't afraid of pushing boundaries (especially on their 1981 album Technodelic). The fact that their first two albums sound like video game music is that nearly every ten-a-penny video game composer in Japan has imitated their sound rather than the other way around.

Funnily enough the tune was used in a coin op game in the early 80's.

..and used for a larger advert in Japan.

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