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It's a Pink World comin' down
September 6, 2012 6:40 PM   Subscribe

Planet P Project's 1984 release Pink World [1h19m] is a double length post apocalyptic cold war nightmare science fiction concept album. Credits/Lyrics

The songs for which Planet P Project is more well known: Why Me? and Static. (bonus: Why Me (Extended Version))

The songs for which Tony Carey, the one man band behind Planet P, is more well known: A Fine Fine Day and The First Day Of Summer.

The double video Do You See What I See / Behind The Barrier [8m16s], two music videos from the album.

Tony Carey on Rockline (transcript) in 1984, before Pink World's release, talking about recent hits and getting kind of deep into his philosophy of music and such.

A couple of free downloads from Tony Carey showing what he's been doing lately.
posted by hippybear (18 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite

 
The full album youtube link has clever links to each track if you view the expanded description.
posted by hippybear at 6:41 PM on September 6, 2012


I have had A Fine Fine Day in my head for weeks and it is a welcome earworm. I love his music. Thanks for sharing this.
posted by sciatica at 6:54 PM on September 6, 2012


That video for "Behind the Barrier" gave me total nightmares as a kid. As did the video for "Why Me?".

In fact, any time Planet P came on MTV, I pretty much knew I was in for nightmare fuel.
posted by mykescipark at 7:04 PM on September 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


(Also: I first heard him with his solo single "I Won't Be Home Tonight", which also got considerable MTV airplay.)
posted by mykescipark at 7:06 PM on September 6, 2012


A boy named Artemis? Pink world indeed.
posted by Nomyte at 7:22 PM on September 6, 2012


I feel like I've just gotten a whole bunch of answers for a prog rock trivia game that I will play in the future.
posted by RakDaddy at 7:34 PM on September 6, 2012


Not the least bit familiar with any of this.. which frankly surprises me because I am such a nut for both prog rock and overblown concept albums. I'm sad I missed out on this when I was younger, the video for The First Day Of Summer would have been kind company on many a lonely pubescent night.
posted by mediocre at 7:40 PM on September 6, 2012


Wow, thanks for posting this. I first heard of him through "A Fine Fine Day" airing on MTV, but really loved Planet P Project. "Pink World" was probably the second creepiest concept album I listened to over and over again (right behind Queensrÿche's "Operation: Mindcrime"). I can still appreciate "A Fine Fine Day" almost thirty years after first hearing it - both the mournful intro and the sad story it tells.

Thanks for posting this, hippybear - such a treat.
posted by Angharad at 7:57 PM on September 6, 2012


Get out. Seriously, just get out of my brain. I literally put this record on TODAY for the FIRST TIME in YEARS. And then I come check out MeFi and find this... Spooky.
posted by fikri at 8:41 PM on September 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks for this... I really have a strange affinity for cold war apocalyptic media. What a dense album!
posted by Divest_Abstraction at 9:58 PM on September 6, 2012


Thanks hippybear. I'm really surprised I've never heard of the album until now. I'm a sucker for sprawling double albums.
posted by davebush at 5:29 AM on September 7, 2012


I was a DJ in the 80's and I never heard of this album, but will be checking it out! I DO however remember his single "First Day Of Summer". It was in heavy rotation for a few weeks....still have the 45 somewhere. No kids, the 45 I refer to is NOT a gun!
posted by Yer-Ol-Pal at 6:09 AM on September 7, 2012


"Why Me" sends me straight back to high school in Central Oregon, tooling around town in my diesel Rabbit, yet somehow I'd never heard the full album. Thanks for the post.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:25 AM on September 7, 2012


I literally put this record on TODAY for the FIRST TIME in YEARS.

I've done this before.

I believe that, like so many roadside mystery spots, that 50.22.177.14 sits upon a unique point on the web where the forces of nostalgia and rock and roll are perfectly balanced. Well, either that, or it's like the birthday problem.

That said, I always liked "Power Tools" and "Adam and Eve".
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 6:26 AM on September 7, 2012


"Why Me" sends me straight back to high school in Central Oregon, tooling around town in my diesel Rabbit, yet somehow I'd never heard the full album. Thanks for the post.

Actually, Why Me? is off of Planet P Project's first album, Planet P.
posted by hippybear at 6:32 AM on September 7, 2012


I bought Planet P when it came out—knowing nothing at all about it, just liking the name and the cover—and I played the shit out it. "Power Tools" was always my favorite and my favorite line was "We give 'em Gomer Pyle on the video; they go crazy ..."

There's a whole subgenre of '80's pop, mostly synthpop, that reveled in these kinds of Deco-ish Gernsbackian fantasies, Carey, Dolby, Numan, The Buggles, Fagan's Nightfly, just to name a few.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:43 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


just liking the name and the cover

That would be George Snow: a great '80s graphic designer and video director. Compare the Planet P cover to his cover for this Espionage 12" single.
posted by mykescipark at 9:52 AM on September 7, 2012


+1 on the thread serendipity score. Never heard of any of this before, but it's nearly perfect accompaniment for brainstorming the urban horror/fantasy/sci-fi RPG campaign (that is very likely to be set in the early '80s) I've been working on for the past week or so.

What else from this era/genre has this sort of creepy, concepty, and very very '80s feel? (And preferably stuff without lyrics, but whatever.)
posted by AugieAugustus at 1:38 PM on September 7, 2012


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