Bamboo Houses

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"Bamboo Houses"
Sylvian & Sakamoto - Bamboo Houses.jpg
Single by Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian
Released 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop, Rock, Electronic
Length 4:13
Label Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian
Producer(s) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, Steve Nye
Ryuichi Sakamoto singles chronology
"Bamboo Houses"
"Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"

"Bamboo Houses"
"Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"
David Sylvian singles chronology
"Bamboo Houses"
(1982) Bamboo Houses1982
"Forbidden Colours"
(1983) Forbidden Colours1983
Alternative cover
Sylvian & Sakamoto - Bamboo Music.jpg

"Bamboo Houses" is a song by Japanese musician-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and English singer-songwriter David Sylvian, released on Virgin Records in 1982. It reached number 30 in the UK charts in the second week of August, 1982.

The double A-side single "Bamboo Houses"/"Bamboo Music" was the first solo project by Sylvian, released while he was still a member of the band Japan. It was the second collaboration between the two, the first being the track "Taking Islands in Africa" on the 1980 Japan album Gentlemen Take Polaroids which featured Sakamoto on keyboards. The "Bamboo Houses" single in turn featured drums by Japan member Steve Jansen, who also appeared in the promo video, and was co-produced by Steve Nye. Similarly, Sakamoto was still a member of the band Yellow Magic Orchestra at the time, though he had already done some previous solo work.

In 1983 Sylvian and Sakamoto would team up again on "Forbidden Colours", the theme song to the Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, along with several other projects in later years.

A remix of "Bamboo Houses" was included on David Sylvian's career retrospective Everything and Nothing in 2000.

Track listings[edit]

Composed and arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian

  • UK 7" single with gatefold sleeve, Virgin Records VS 510
  1. "Bamboo Houses" (7" Edit) – 4:13
  2. "Bamboo Music" (7" Edit) – 4:40
  • UK 12", Virgin Records VS 510-12
  1. "Bamboo Houses" – 5:26
  2. "Bamboo Music" – 5:38

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 30




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