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HIS POP CULTURE MOMENT SEEMS TO HAVE PASSED…

Because I tend to be a bit obsessive when it comes to music and film, I tend to go thru periods of listening to or watching certain things. Just recently I have found myself re-visiting the musical work of Ryuichi Sakamoto. …Not his film scores, but his pop/rock work including YMO from the early 80’s.

For those of you over 32, you probably can remember when he was on the cusp of mainstream success for a while in the mid-90’s. Then he released “SMOOCHY” in 1996 featuring him in those dance club like shots wearing a pretty pink shirt and a boa — I think it was with that CD that his solo rock career sort of died. Anyway, I still like his stuff. But, his last work, CHASM, really bums me out. His hair has gone gray and he seems to be “borrowing” a lot from the warped world of Brian Eno. And, I think I may be the only person who bothered to buy it.

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April 13, 2005. Uncategorized.

2 Comments

  1. adrock2xander replied:

    Arent Asian records expensive in the East Coast?

  2. matty replied:

    They are and Sakamoto is Japanese — but all of his work was released domestically in the US. And, in the mid-90’s there was a big push to move him into mainstream rock by a US record label. He also scores a great number of American films. I believe he has been nominated for a number of Oscars for his film scoring work.

    I think he became a US citizen in the late 80’s/early 90’s and now lives in the US. His new CD is on one of those little funky New Age labels.

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