In a Model Room

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Studio album by P-MODEL
Released August 25, 1979 (1979-08-25)
January 25, 1992 (1992-01-25) (Reissue)
October 20, 2003 (2003-10-20) (Reissue)
Recorded Sunrise Studio
Freedom Studio
Electro Sound
Genre Progressive rock
New Wave
Length 33:28
Label Warner-Pioneer
Warner Music Japan (1992 Reissue)
Warner Music Japan, sky station, SS Recordings (2003 Reissue)
Producer Masahide Sakuma
P-MODEL chronology
In a Model Room
Singles from In a Model Room
  1. "Art Mania"
    Released: July 25, 1979 (1979-07-25)
  2. "Kameari Pop"
    Released: December 25, 1979 (1979-12-25)

In a Model Room is the 1979 debut album of Japanese band P-Model.


Before P-MODEL was formed, most of its members were part of the Progressive Rock band Mandrake, who thought the genre was declining, thinking that it was turning too commercial and not speaking about sociopolitical issues, at around the same time, Punk Rock groups like Sex Pistols, 999 and Métal Urbain were getting prominence in the music landscape, inspired by these groups, Mandrake bandleader Susumu Hirasawa, fellow Mandrake bandmates Yasumi Tanaka & Sadatoshi Tainaka and Mandrake fan/close friend of the group Katsuhiko Alkiyama decided to end Mandrake and start anew as a punk rock group, although they were a punk band and their live performances were punkish, they were considered by the public in general as a Technopop band due to their use of Moog synthesizers, Vocoder and rhythm box; being called part of the 3 big Technopop groups, together with Hikashu and Plastics (whose keyboardist Masahide Sakuma produced this album, starting his career as a producer).

Most of the songs on this album were created by Mandrake late in the group's existence, which allowed for a quick debut release (7 months and 24 days after the band's formation) and a remaining Progressive Rock influence (although not as clear as in the Mandrake days). The songs on the album talk about the sociopolitical issues of Japan at the time, during the Japanese post-war economic miracle and were partially influenced by Nineteen Eighty-Four. Its first limited pressing was made on clear pink vinyl.

The album was remastered by Hirasawa and re-released on the Ashu-on [Sound Subspecies] in the solar system box set on 10 May 2002; it was put on CD 1, with Landsale. It was digitally remastered and released on CD on paper packaging made to mimic LP packaging by sky station/SS Recordings on 20 October 2003. Hirasawa re-recorded the album (except for "Sophisticated") in the style of the P-Model live shows of 1979 as Virtual Live-1 [P-Model Live at Roppongi S-Ken Studio 1979]. The song "The Great Brain" was covered in the 2007 album Karate House by Polysics.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Art Mania (美術館で会った人だろ Bijutsukan de Atta Hito Daro?)"   Susumu Hirasawa 3:09
2. "Health Angel (ヘルス・エンジェル Herusu Engeru?)"   Yasumi Tanaka 2:32
3. "Roomrunner (ルームランナー Rūmurannā?)"   Yasumi Tanaka 2:32
4. "Sophisticated (ソフィスティケイテッド Sofisutikeiteddo?)"   Susumu Hirasawa 4:26
5. "For Kids (子供たちどうも Kodomotachi Dōmo?)"   Susumu Hirasawa (music)
Yuichi Hirasawa (lyrics)
6. "Kameari Pop"   Susumu Hirasawa 3:56
7. "Sunshine City (サンシャイン・シティー Sanshain Shitī?)"   Yasumi Tanaka (music)
Yuichi Hirasawa (lyrics)
8. "The Great Brain (偉大なる頭脳 Idainaru Zunō?)"   Susumu Hirasawa 2:03
9. "White Cigarettes (ホワイト・シガレット Howaito Shigaretto?)"   Susumu Hirasawa 3:15
10. "Pinky Trick (MOMO色トリック MOMO Iro Torikku?)"   Susumu Hirasawa 3:18
11. "Art Blind (アート・ブラインド Āto Buraindo?)"   Susumu Hirasawa 2:39

The group also planned to record 2 other songs for the album: The Hirasawa/Tanaka piece "Alien" (異邦人 Ihōjin?), created as Mandrake, which was unrecorded due to complications with releasing the clear pink vinyl edition, it later recorded for Landsale; and the Tanaka piece White Shoes (ホワイト・シューズ Howaito Shūzu?), which was rejected, Hirasawa later used a recording of the song to play over the end credits of the Photon-1 video, this recording was later included in the Ashu-on [Sound Subspecies] in the solar system box set.


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