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Tighten Up (Japanese Gentlemen Stand Up Please) - Yellow Magic Orchestra

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Legbamel Not-Pop

After a wild weekend it's always good to mellow out with some old-school electronica. There's nothing that fits that bill more than Yellow Magic Orchestra, pioneers of the electronic genre and the inspiration of so much of what came in the 80s. I had a tough time picking a song out of their extensive catalog because so many of them are almost iconic.

I finally settled on Tighten Up (Japanese Gentlemen Stand Up Please) because it's just ridiculous enough to be fun without being unlistenable. YMO often comes across as a slightly off-kilter Devo, if you can imagine such a thing, but without the flower-pot hats. Other times they're more like Modern English but without the smarmy.

If you like Tighten Up have a shot at Rap Phenomena and U-T. If you enjoy those take a listen to Hi-Tech Hippies, a personal favorite. And if you're already a fan of Yellow Magic Orchestra drop me a recommendation, would you?

Tighten Up (Japanese Gentlemen St by Yellow Magic Orchestra on Grooveshark

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