Japan for the Uninvited

Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective

YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra)

Japan’s answer to the Sex Pistols, YMO married innovative electronica with kitsch performance art.

The group was formed in 1978 by a trio of experienced musicians: Haruoni Hosono (bass), Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboard), and Yukihiro Takahashi (drums).

Having achieved worldwide popularity and acclaim with a number of ground-breaking albums, YMO disbanded in 1984.

Of the former members, Sakamoto has the highest profile, world famous for composing film soundtracks (including ‘The Last Emperor’, for which he won an Oscar).

The group reunited briefly in 1993 for the album ‘Technodron’.

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  1. Wong

    “Japan’s answer to the SEX PISTOLS”?
    What are you guys smoking?

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