Potpourri (P-Model album)

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Potpourri
Studio album by P-Model
Released March 25, 1981 (1981-03-25)
Recorded 1981
Sunrise Studio
Warner-Pioneer Studio
Tokyo
Genre
Length 35:57
Label Warner-Pioneer
Producer P-Model
P-Model chronology
Landsale
(1980)
Potpourri
(1981)
Perspective
(1982)
Singles from Potpourri
  1. "junglebed II" c/w "disgusting telephone"
    Released: March 25, 1981 (1981-03-25)

Potpourri is the 1981 third album of Japanese band P-Model.

Overview[edit]

At the time, The band's leader Susumu Hirasawa was trying to distance himself and the group from Technopop, which entered a heating boom during the year of release of Landsale. Hirasawa would have rebellious moments; on P-Model's day at the music festival "Pop the Hero", the band shed their colorful clothing for black/white/gray/blue apparel, Hirasawa started squeezing Yamato Glue on stage during "Sophisticated" and would not play "Globe"; he also made the band not play a show until concertgoers complained. Hirasawa has said that he wouldn't be able to continue his career as a musician if he continued making Technopop, choosing his artistic vision over pleasing consumers.

This album was made after bassist Katsuhiko Akiyama was fired from the group (who said it was due to him becoming too "feel good"), but before Tatsuya Kikuchi, attendee of Hirasawa's Synthesizer Lectures and High School Sophomore at the time, officially joined the group as their second bassist (he played bass in shows before this album's release), leading Hirasawa to record all bass parts of this album.

The album has a harsher and more off-putting sound than Landsale, with the group employing completely different instruments and recording techniques, it's more Guitar based than the Keyboard based previous albums, has Hirasawa incorporating screaming in his vocals, uses bizarre compositions and experiments with ska beats and sound collages. The concert-going audience diminished due to the anti-pop sound, leaving only a core audience that would persist with Hirasawa throughout his career.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "junglebed I (ジャングルベッドI jangurubeddo I?)" (instrumental) Susumu Hirasawa 2:00
2. "blue cross (青十字 ao jūji?)"   Hirasawa 2:36
3. "junglebed II (ジャングルベッドII jangurubeddo II?)"   Hirasawa 3:49
4. "blue print (ブループリント burū purinto?)"   Yasumi Tanaka 2:17
5. "aqualife"   Hirasawa (lyrics)
Tanaka
2:51
6. "different≠another"   Hirasawa 2:21
7. "anothersmell" (instrumental) Tanaka 1:47
8. "film (フィルム firumu?)"   Hirasawa 2:52
9. "monochrome screen (モノクローム・スクリーン monokurōmu sukurīn?)"   Tanaka 2:52
10. "marvel"   Hirasawa 2:56
11. "natural (ナチュラル nachuraru?)"   Tanaka 2:55
12. "disgusting telephone (いまわし電話 imawashi denwa?)"   Hirasawa 3:13
13. "potpourri (ポプリ popuri?)"   Hirasawa 3:19

In all releases of the album, the titles comprised of Japanese characters are rendered only through the characters, except for title track, which is rendered as "potpourri (ポプリ)".

Personnel[edit]

P-Model - production, arrangements
Staff

Release history[edit]

Date Label(s) Format Catalog Notes
March 25, 1981 (1981-03-25) Warner-Pioneer LP K-12005W
CS LKF-7025
January 25, 1992 (1992-01-25) Warner Music Japan CD WPCL-605 Released (alongside In a Model Room and Landsale) a month before the release of P-Model.
May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)
July 4, 2014 (2014-07-04)
Chaos Union, Teslakite CHTE-0006 Remastered by Hirasawa. Part of Disc 2 of the Ashu-on [Sound Subspecies] in the solar system box set, alongside parts of the "Dual Perspective" & "Exercises for the Heavenizer" series of songs from 1981 & 1982. Re-released with new packaging by Kiyoshi Inagaki.
December 20, 2003 (2003-12-20) Warner Music Japan, sky station, SS RECORDINGS SS-103 Packaged in a paper sleeve to replicate the original LP packaging. Includes new liner notes by music industry writer Dai Onojima.
  • The album's single was reissued on CD on a paper sleeve to replicate its original packaging with the band's other Warner-Pioneer released singles as part of the Tower Records exclusive Warner Years Singles Box box set in 2012.

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