P-Model

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P-Model
Also known as P-MODEL
P. Model
MUSIC & WORDS
IKARI
KARKADOR
Shigan no Paradise Kameari Eien no ONE PATTERN Band
Heaven
Origin Japan
Genres New wave, electronic rock, experimental, synthpop, synthpunk
Years active 1 January 1979 - 20 December 2000
Labels Warner-Pioneer (1979-1981)
Tokuma Japan Corporation/Japan Record (1982-1984)
Alfa Records/EDGE Records (1985-1986)
Pioneer LDC/Polydor K.K. (1992-1993)
DIW/SYUN (1994-1995)
Nippon Columbia (1995)
Nippon Columbia/TESLAKITE (1996-1997)
MAGNET Records/TESLAKITE (1999)
Chaos Union/TESLAKITE (2000-present)
Associated acts Mandrake, DADA, Shun, 4D mode1, Uchoten, GRASS VALLEY, THE GROOVERS, SONIC SKY, HERE IS EDEN, Long Vacation, Phnonpenh Model, THE SYNTHESIZERS, Fukō Project, CROW, Global Trotters, after the rain, SOYUZ PROJECT, YAPOOS, NeoBallad
Members Susumu Hirasawa
Past members Former members

P-MODEL was a Japanese electronic/rock band started in 1979 by frontman Susumu Hirasawa. The band has experienced many lineup revisions over the years but Hirasawa was always at the helm of operations. It went through various periods of inactivity, notably from 28 December 1988 to 23 November 1990 and from 11 October 1993 to 1 December 1994. P-MODEL officially disbanded in 20 December 2000, although many of its members continue to release solo albums and collaborate with each other on different projects.

Hirasawa has also released solo work under the similar name "KAKU P-MODEL", primarily the 2004 album Vistoron and the 2013 album гипноза (Gipnoza), with the latter having guest appearances by a former P-MODEL member and a P-MODEL associate.

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Yasumi Tanaka - Synthesizer, Keyboard (1 January 1979 - 20 March 1983; 2013 KAKU P-MODEL guest appearance)
  • Sadatoshi Tainaka - Drums (1 January 1979 - 22 December 1984; 14 March 1987 - 28 December 1988 PART2)
  • Katsuhiko Akiyama - Bass, Synthesizer, Vocals, Keyboard, Amiga, Programming, Tubular Hertz (1 January 1979 - 3 November 1980; 23 September 1991 - 11 October 1993)
  • Tatsuya Kikuchi - Bass (21 November 1980 - 5 August 1984)
  • Shunichi Miura - Keyboard, Guitar (27 March 1983 - 27 December 1985)
  • Tadahiko Yokogawa - Bass, Violin, Ocarina, Vocals (28 August 1984 - 27 December 1985)
  • Yasuhiro Araki - Drums, Gong bass drum, percussion (22 December 1984 - 14 March 1987)
  • Teruo Nakano - Bass, Keyboard, Vocals (23 January 1986 - 28 December 1988)
  • Yoshikazu Takahashi - Systems (23 January 1986 - 27 September 1987)
  • Hikaru Kotobuki - Keyboard, Synthesizer, Vocals, Amiga, Programming (1 November 1987 - 28 December 1988; 23 September 1991 - 11 October 1993)
  • Yasuchika Fujii - Drums (23 September 1991 - 11 October 1993)
  • Hajime Fukuma - System-1 (1 December 1994 - 20 December 2000)
  • Kenji Konishi - System-2 (1 December 1994 - 20 December 2000)
  • Wataru Kamiryō - AlgoRhythm (1 December 1994 - 15 May 1997)
  • TAINACO - Drums (21 October 1997 - 20 December 2000)
    • Amiga program operated through MIDI signals; three types, 1, 2 and E (enhanced) were created. CG model based on drummer Sadatoshi Tainaka. Never reappeared after 2000.

Associated members[edit]

  • Yuichi "You1" Hirasawa
  • Fumiyasu Abe
  • Hiromi Seki
  • Tohru Akutu
  • Akiro "Kamio" Arishima
  • Kazutaka Takazi
  • Mitsuru Hirose
  • Akemi Tsujitani
  • Iwao Asama
  • Yuji Matsuda
  • Shuichi Sugawara
  • Shigeo Motojima
  • The Oldman, who was on the way to IWATE.
  • Kayo Kokubo
  • Suginami Jido Gassho-Dan
  • Masami Orimo
  • Mari Adachi
  • Keralino Sandorovich
  • Shingo Tomoda
  • Takahashi "BOB" Toshihiko
  • Kazuhide Akimoto
  • Takeo Nagura
  • Jun Togawa
  • Kazutoki Umezu
  • ORCHESTRAL MANOUVRES IN THE NURSE
  • Yoshinori Sunahara
  • Yoko Motoji
  • Kazuhiko Fujii
  • Hiroshi Fujiki
  • Eiichi Tsutaki
  • PEVO1go
  • Yasuhiro Nakano

Discography[edit]

Original albums[edit]

Title Release details
IN A MODEL ROOM
  • Released: 25 August 1979
    25 January 1992 (Reissue)
    20 October 2003 (Reissue)
  • Label: Warner-Pioneer
    Warner Music Japan (1992 Reissue)
    Warner Music Japan, sky station, SS RECORDINGS (2003 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP, CS
    CD (Reissues)
LANDSALE
  • Released: 24 April 1980
    25 January 1992 (Reissue)
    20 November 2003 (Reissue)
  • Label: Warner-Pioneer
    Warner Music Japan (1992 Reissue)
    Warner Music Japan, sky station, SS RECORDINGS (2003 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP, CS
    CD (Reissues)
Potpourri
  • Released: 25 April 1981
    25 January 1992 (Reissue)
    20 December 2003 (Reissue)
  • Label: Warner-Pioneer
    Warner Music Japan (1992 Reissue)
    Warner Music Japan, sky station, SS RECORDINGS (2003 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP, CS
    CD (Reissues)
Perspective
  • Released: 1 March 1982
    25 June 1989 (Reissue)
    25 September 1994 (Reissue)
    25 April 2007 (Reissue with Perspective II)
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
    Tokuma Japan Corporation, WAX Records (1989 Reissue)
    Tokuma Japan Communications, WAX Records (1994 Reissue)
    Tokuma Japan Communications, sky station, SS RECORDINGS (2007 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP
    CD (Reissues)
ANOTHER GAME
  • Released: 1 March 1982
    25 June 1989 (Reissue)
    25 September 1994 (Reissue)
    25 April 2007 (Reissue)
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
    Tokuma Japan Corporation, WAX Records (1989/1994 Reissues)
    Tokuma Japan Corporation, sky station, SS RECORDINGS (2007 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP
    CD (Reissues)
SCUBA
KARKADOR
  • Released: 25 December 1985
    21 February 1992 (Reissue)
    21 December 1994 (Reissue)
    25 July 2007 (Reissue)
  • Label: Alfa Records, EDGE Records
    Alfa Music, EDGE Records (1994 Reissue)
    Sony Music Direct, GT Music (2007 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP
    CD (Reissues)
ONE PATTERN
  • Released: 25 June 1986
    25 July 1986 (Reissue)
    21 February 1992 (Reissue)
    21 December 1994 (Reissue)
    25 July 2007 (Reissue)
  • Label: Alfa Records, EDGE Records
    Alfa Music, EDGE Records (1994 Reissue)
    Sony Music Direct, GT Music (2007 Reissue)
  • Formats: LP
    CD (Reissues)
P-MODEL
  • Released: 26 February 1992
    2 May 2012 (Reissue)
  • Label: Pioneer LDC, Polydor K.K.
    Tower Records Japan (Reissue)
  • Formats: CD
big body
  • Released: 25 March 1993
    2 May 2012 (Reissue)
  • Label: Pioneer LDC, Polydor K.K.
    Tower Records Japan (Reissue)
  • Formats: CD
Ship ( Fune?)
  • Released: 9 December 1995
    23 March 2009 (Reissue)
    21 September 2011 (Reissue)
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
    Columbia Music Entertainment (Reissues)
  • Formats: CD
    on Demand CD (2009 Reissue)
    Digital download (2011 Reissue)
Electronic Tragedy/〜ENOLA (電子悲劇/〜ENOLA Denshi Higeki/〜ENOLA?)
  • Released: 29 November 1997
    24 September 2009 (Reissue)
    21 September 2011 (Reissue)
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
    Columbia Music Entertainment (Reissues)
  • Formats: CD
    on Demand CD (2009 Reissue)
    Digital download (2011 Reissue)
Music Industrial Wastes〜P-MODEL OR DIE (音楽産業廃棄物〜P-MODEL OR DIE Ongaku Sangyō Haiki Butsu〜P-MODEL OR DIE?)
  • Released: 1 September 1999 (MP3)
    22 September 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE (MP3)
    MAGNET Records, TESLAKITE (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD

Live and Remix-Remake albums[edit]

Title Release details
Perspective II
  • Released: 1 May 1982
    25 August 1991 (Reissue)
    25 April 2007 (Reissue with Perspective)
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
    Tokuma Japan Corporation, WAX Records (1991 Reissue)
    Tokuma Japan Communications, sky station, SS RECORDINGS (2007 Reissue)
  • Formats: CS
    CD (Reissues)
SCUBA (1989 CD re-issue)
Pause
  • Released: 25 May 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
The Way of LIVE (LIVEの方法 LIVE no Hōhō?)
  • Released: 23 July 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Corrective Errors〜re-mix of Fune (Corrective Errors〜re-mix of 舟?)
  • Released: 30 September 1995
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
SCUBA RECYCLE
  • Released: 30 November 1995
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
VIRTUAL LIVE-1 [P-MODEL Live at Roppongi S-KEN STUDIO 1979]
  • Released: 6 July 1999 (MP3)
    25 August 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE (MP3)
    MAGNET Records, TESLAKITE (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD
VIRTUAL LIVE-2 [P-MODEL Live at SHIBUYA Nylon 100% 1980]
  • Released: 25 October 1999 (MP3)
    25 November 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE (MP3)
    MAGNET Records, TESLAKITE (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD
VIRTUAL LIVE-3 [P-MODEL Live at Kyodai Seibu Kodo 1982]
  • Released: 25 November 1999 (MP3)
    15 December 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE (MP3)
    MAGNET Records, TESLAKITE (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD

Singles[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • DISALLOWED ALBUM (不許可曲集 Fu Kyoka Kyoku Shū?), 1983
  • MODEL HOUSE Works, 1985
  • LEAK/Birds, 1986
  • Saitama Dynamic Theory Holding Greeting, 1986
  • Zebra Cassette (Zebraカセット Zebra Kasetto?), 1986
  • CHRISTMAS SONGS, 1986
  • SSS-STAR EYES, 1987
  • entro Pack, 1987
  • Legend of Sadatoshi Tainaka, 1987
  • CASSETTE' BRAVO !, 1988
  • SHUT UP'N'HIT YOUR STAGE', 1988
  • Music Industrial Wastes〜P-MODEL OR DIE SAMPLES, 1999
  • VIRTUAL LIVE SAMPLES, 1999
  • Dekikake, 1999
  • Moon Plant-I (full), 1999
  • Astro-Ho (narration Version), 1999
  • Falling Rain (P-MODEL version), 1999
  • Illegal Dumping (不法投棄 Fuhōtōki?), 1999
  • Global Tribute Battle, 2000
  • Phase-7, 2000

Compilations[edit]

Videography[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

All videos from THE GREAT BRAIN to HARM HARMONIZER were directed by Yuichi "You1" Hirasawa (Susumu's brother). "FU-RU-HE-HE-HE", "2D OR NOT 2D" and "GRID" were included in "BITMAP 1979-1992"; "http" was included in "Rocket Shoot"; "Logic Airforce" was included in "LIVE VIDEO Music Industrial Wastes〜P-MODEL OR DIE".

  • THE GREAT BRAIN, 1979
  • I AM ONLY YOUR MODEL, 1980
  • different≠another, 1981
  • potpourri, 1981
  • natural, 1981
  • disgusting telephone, 1981
  • HEAVEN, 1982
  • Perspective, 1982
  • Be in a Fix, 1982
  • HOKA NO KEIKAKU, 1983
  • ECHOES, 1983
  • FU-RU-HE-HE-HE, 1983
  • ATOM-SIBERIA, 1984
  • HARM HARMONIZER, 1984
  • KARKADOR, 1986
  • Another Day, 1986
  • 2D OR NOT 2D, 1992
  • GRID, 1992
  • Monotone GRID, 1994
  • Power to Dream, 1995
  • http, 1996
  • ASHURA CLOCK (Discommunicator), 1997
  • Logic Airforce, 1999

Legacy[edit]

Although P-MODEL has disbanded, many of the members have formed small side projects with each other in similar vein to P-MODEL, including KAKU P-MODEL, PEVO, and Phnonpenh MODEL, as well as their own solo works, Susumu Hirasawa in particular.

The five main characters of Kakifly's yonkoma comic strip manga K-On! are named from members of P-MODEL (Susumu Hirasawa, Katsuhiko Akiyama, Sadatoshi Tainaka, Teruo Nakano and Hikaru Kotobuki). The characters are in a band and share the surnames of P-MODEL members who play their respective instrument.

References[edit]

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