Techno Pop Triple Play
August 11, 2009 7:38 PM   Subscribe

Three Japanese Techno-Pop Bands rock it back-to-back-to-back on a kid's show. [SLYT]. The bands, in order, are P-Model, Hikashu, and Plastics. You're welcome.
posted by SansPoint (20 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Epic load time... but I stuck with it and was entertained. It's kinda like watching The Warriors, but in an alternate universe.
posted by doubleozaphod at 7:50 PM on August 11, 2009

Good shit!
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 8:00 PM on August 11, 2009

That P-Model song is pure awesome.

Thank you.
posted by sapo at 8:06 PM on August 11, 2009

oh how fucking awesome
posted by Kattullus at 8:08 PM on August 11, 2009

Wow, this is great. For those who don't know, that's a young HIRASAWA Susumu (he did the soundtracks for Paranoia Agent, Paprika, and Millennium Actress, among about a billion solo records) fronting for P-Model. His solo stuff is more atmospheric, but definitely worth checking out if you like P-Model.
posted by vorfeed at 8:18 PM on August 11, 2009

The first song reminds me of XTC's "Science Friction". (I'd link to it, but YouTube seems to be having issues today.)
posted by The Tensor at 8:18 PM on August 11, 2009

Nth-ing the awesomeness of that P-Model song. Can anyone recommend an album or two?
posted by evadery at 8:31 PM on August 11, 2009


Their two best records are "In a Model Room", and their self titled album. Enjoy.

posted by SansPoint at 8:40 PM on August 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Ah that was great.

How did music like that end up at Sandii and the Sunsetz?
posted by awfurby at 8:46 PM on August 11, 2009

This is yet another thing that makes me realize how unoriginal (not bad, just not original) most current underground indiepop is.

I love this, by the way. I thought the last band was really great too.
posted by nosila at 8:50 PM on August 11, 2009

Anybody know what year this is from? Or anything else about the bands? A SLYT does not fully satisfy!
posted by ericost at 9:33 PM on August 11, 2009

Top top top top top secret!
posted by gimonca at 9:43 PM on August 11, 2009

* P-Model - techno-pop band started in 1979 by frontman Susumu Hirasawa
* Hikashu (song: "20 Seiki no Owari ni" -At the End of the 20th Century-) - renowned underground "avant-pop" collective
* Plastics - a short-lived new wave music group prominent in the late 1970s and early 1980s

One YT comment states 1979's techno, Young Hirasawa so cute. Another comment states it was in 1980 in japanese nacional TV program for children.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:49 PM on August 11, 2009

Ah yeah - the opening credits superimposed over the bands after the hosts intro them say "Summer 1980 - what is technopop?"
posted by awfurby at 11:57 PM on August 11, 2009

Drummers:80's Pop :: Bass Players:Naughties Indie Rock
posted by bardic at 1:48 AM on August 12, 2009

Yes this is awesome.
posted by Jofus at 4:54 AM on August 12, 2009

Oh God Oh God That Rules.

Soulseek -- take a search. Plastics. P-Model. Hikashu.
Don't fail me now!
posted by Rumpled at 6:08 AM on August 12, 2009

Nice find and three great bands from one of the most interesting periods of Japanese pop. Plastics and P-Model can start to sound a little same-y after a few songs, but Hikashu experimented a bit more. John Zorn put out a pretty good compilation of Hikashu a while back on his Tzadik label.
posted by p3t3 at 7:02 AM on August 12, 2009

So awesome. Thanks SansPoint. I'd never seen these three before, but I would totally marry them.
posted by RokkitNite at 7:11 AM on August 12, 2009

Wow, this is amazing.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:48 AM on August 12, 2009

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