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The last emperor...

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese singer-songwriter whose particularity is to have had a certain… Claude Debussy as a master thinker !

He will be successful on the one hand with his group Yellow Magic Orchestra and on the other hand solo with songs that have become cult.

It all started in the 1970s when he joined the University of Arts and Music in Tokyo, where he studied composition, electronic and tribal music in particular.

But it was in 1978 that things took off when he created with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi the Yellow Magic Orchestra, a legendary group that would become one of the biggest references in electronic music of the late 1970s.

They will produce big hits like "Yellow magic (tong poo)", "Computer game/Firecracker" and "Behind the mask" in 1978, "Technopolis" and "Ryden" in 1979, "Nice age" in 1980, "Ongaku" in 1983 ...

"Behind the mask" will also be considered as one of the founding pieces of the future Techno movement which will be the major current of the 90s.

He released his first solo album "Thousand knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto" in 1978, a subtle blend of traditional Japanese influences and cutting-edge electronic music. Followed in 1980 by "B-2 Unit" from which will be extracted the enormous "Riot in Lagos", an almost original piece of Electro-Funk.

This is also the moment when he begins a long-lasting collaboration with David Sylvian, singer with the extraordinary personality of the group Japan. With which he will record one of the most incredible tracks of the 80s, namely "Forbidden colors", sung version of the track "Merry Christmas Mr Laurence", the flagship track of the soundtrack of the film Furyo.

But he will also collaborate with others like David Byrne, Thomas Dolby and other Iggy Pop.

He will release other albums such as "Illustrated musical Encyclopedia" in 1983, "Futurista" in 1986, "Beauty" in 1989. And many others in the 90s.

And it's not over !

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Riot in Lagos 1980

  • Warhead 1980

  • Front line 1981

  • Once in a lifetime 1982

  • Just about enough 1982

  • Merry Christmas Mr Laurence 1983

  • Life in Japan 1983

  • Field work 1985

  • Image sketch of "Aile de Honnêamise" 1986

  • The last emperor 1987

  • Risky 1987

  • We love you 1990


Yellow Magic Orchestra adventure :


Clips :

1980 ... well, it's clear, we are at the very beginning of the 80s. A blessed moment where, on a planetary level, everything is allowed musically speaking. The best and the worst ...

1980 ... this song is already a little more structured. But hey, there's still work to be done, let's give him time ...

1981 ... ah, there it sings. And the 'Sakamoto' style is on the tip of its nose. It shudders ...

1982 ... again a purely instrumental piece. It is true that it is still his goodwill ...

1982 ... we constantly alternate the vocal and the instrumental. This time we face an almost 'normal' song. Like what, when he wants ...

1983 ... then comes the WONDER ! Here he signs one of the most beautiful musical pages of the decade and of the twentieth century altogether. An amazing soundtrack for a cult film that will remain as one of the biggest sensations of the 80s. MA-GIC !

Top Bonus: 1983...the sung version of the wonder. Sakamoto and Sylvian manage to sublimate this title which however was already sufficient in himself. MAS-TER-PIE-CE !

1985 ... a sequel that he combines at 2 with one of the English sizes of the moment. And the result is up to the task !

1986 ... new soundtrack this time for the film 'Royal Space Force : the wings of Honnêamise'. A soundtrack that has little to do with 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence', that's clear ...

1987 ... when time is suspended as if by magic. Far from his usual delusions, he delivers here a very fine piece. A sumptuous new soundtrack for a film that is no less

1987 ... new luxury collaboration. Not necessarily the most inspired but we will largely be satisfied with it

1990 ... back to the origins, in 'crossed out' mode. Hunt the natural, it comes back at a gallop ...


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