Yukihiro Takahashi
Guy Lochhead, 17/12/11
Japanese experimental rock musician best known as leader of the Sadistic Mika Band and Yellow Magic Orchestra. His music fused conventional rock elements with synthesiser and studio experimentation. Since those bands broke up in the ’80s, he’s recorded a lot of solo material and collaborated with many similarly-minded musicians. In 2002 he formed Sketch Show with Haruomi Hosono. Although I enjoy Takahashi’s music, and Yellow Magic Orchestra are definitely an important band in the development of “computer rock” and even hip hop, it’s just decent fairly-experimental rock that occasionally shows its influences (Eno, Bowie etc.) much too obviously.

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