Last train to Clarksville...




Plastics is a Japanese group formed in 1976 and originally comprised of Toshio Nakanishi, Hajime Tachibana, Masahide Sakuma, Takemi Shima and Chica Sato.


A group that will remain mainly in the musical history of the 80s for the high-caliber single "Last train to Clarksville" released in 1981.


As such, they deserved this article.


To discover or rediscover.


Discography (among others ...) :

  • Top secret man 1979

  • Copy 1979

  • Robot 1979

  • I love you, oh no ! 1979

  • Delicious 1980

  • Good 1980

  • Pate 1980

  • Peace 1980

  • Last train to Clarksville 1981

  • Diamond head 1981



Clips :


1979 ... one of the very few Japanese groups to have been able - or known - to emerge on the international scene. Admittedly, in a completely wacky style but that's also what will reveal them ...



1979 ... it is clear that they will never do anything like the others. A UFO group with a totally improbable style and which will never look like any other ...



1979 ... on the sound side, they are perfectly in line with the trend, but the style is completely crazy. A strength as much as a weakness unfortunately ...



1979 ... that's also the magic of those incredible decades. Unique styles with groups that are no less. Afterwards, we like it or we don't like it but they have the merit of existing ...



1980 ... one suspects that with such a style the group will not last for decades. Unless he changes as quickly as possible. Not won ...



1980 ... at the start of the 1980s, everything is still possible and authorized. The more the years go by, the more things will tend to become standardized. Leaving little space for this kind of group ...



1980 ... this does not prevent the group from continuing in its delirium. A Japanese peculiarity that will forever remain the trademark of this country. A country where the codes are omnipresent as much in the strict and the frozen as in the wacky and the excess ...



1980 ... the problem is that too much wacky kills wacky. And they will have learned it the hard way, unfortunately. There is a limit to excess even in music ...



1981 ... an adventure that will unfortunately come to an end, something inevitable given their particular style. This does not prevent them from obtaining with this title a semblance of recognition after which they have been chasing since their beginnings !



1981 ... the upturn was short-lived. They leave in their delirium directly behind and cut the last branch on which they were sitting. End of the adventure ...



Wiki :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastics_(band)

Discography :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKpbaQuvy0rfxgg4wpmk2ug/featured