Potpourri (P-Model album)
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|Studio album by P-Model|
|Released||March 25, 1981|
|Genre||Synthpunk, Post-Punk, New wave|
|Singles from Potpourri|
Potpourri is the 1981 third album of Japanese band P-Model.
On the year of Landsale's release, the technopop boom was reaching critical mass. Feeling in a state of crisis he distanced P-Model from the genre, trying to drive trend followers through rebellious episodes, and replacing their colorful clothing and equipment for a muted getup (black, white, gray and blue). At one concert, a leaflet titled "The Point of Coming to a Concert" was distributed while Landsale was looped endlessly through the PA system; the band did not play until the concertgoers started an uproar which led to a backlash against the band.
Bassist Katsuhiko Akiyama's creative position was in an opposite direction to where Hirasawa wanted to take P-Model, so he was fired from the band, and his songs were not played anymore. He was replaced by high school sophomore Tatsuya Kikuchi, a student of Hirasawa's at the Yamaha Synthesizer School. Kikuchi did not formally join the band while Potpourri was being recorded, leading Hirasawa to play all bass parts on the album.
Potpourri has a harsher and more off-putting sound than previous albums, with P-Model employing different instruments and experimental recording techniques. Guitar is more prominent than the keyboard-centric albums from before, leaving synthesizers to go almost unused. Hirasawa incorporates greater antagonism into his vocals, sometimes to the point of screaming them.
The album alienated P-Model's fanbase, leaving only a core audience that would persist with Hirasawa throughout his career.
All tracks written by Susumu Hirasawa, except where noted.
|1.||"junglebed I" (ジャングルベッドI jangurubeddo I)||instrumental||2:00|
|2.||"blue cross" (青十字 ao jūji)||2:36|
|3.||"junglebed II" (ジャングルベッドII jangurubeddo II)||3:49|
|4.||"blue print" (ブループリント burūpurinto)||Yasumi Tanaka||Tanaka||2:17|
|8.||"film" (フィルム firumu)||2:52|
|9.||"monochrome screen" (モノクローム・スクリーン monokurōmu sukurīn)||Tanaka||Tanaka||2:52|
|11.||"natural" (ナチュラル nachuraru)||Tanaka||Tanaka||2:55|
|12.||"disgusting telephone" (いまわし電話 imawashi denwa)||3:13|
|13.||"potpourri" (ポプリ popuri)||3:19|
In all releases of the album, the titles consisted of Japanese characters are rendered only through the characters, except for title track, which is rendered as "potpourri (ポプリ)".
- Susumu Hirasawa - vocals, guitar, bass
- Yasumi Tanaka - Combo organ, synthesizer, echo machine, backing vocals
- Sadatoshi Tainaka - drums, cowbell, percussion, backing vocals
- Makoto Furukawa - engineering, mixing
- Yūichi Hirasawa (credited as "you hirasawa") - art director
- Hōseki Hirasawa - calligraphy
- Api Yomiya - photography
- Kazuhiro Suzuki - production coordinator
- Model House - productive management
- special thanks to: Tatsuya Kikuchi, Masami Orimo
|March 25, 1981||Warner-Pioneer||LP||K-12005W|
|January 25, 1992||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
July 4, 2014
|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||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.
- "P-MODEL / 平沢進 バイオグラフィ". MODEROOM. Fascination, inc.