Service (album)

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YMO Service.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 14, 1983
RecordedSeptember – October 1983
StudioAlfa Studio “A”, Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo
GenreElectronic, dance, experimental, rock, J-pop, new wave, synthpop
30:18 (original EU pressing)
LabelAlfa Records
Yellow Magic Orchestra chronology
Naughty Boys
After Service
Singles from Service
  1. "You've Got to Help Yourself (以心電信)"
    Released: September 28, 1983
  2. "Every Time I Look Around (I Hear THE MADMEN Call) (EU only)"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Service was the seventh and, at the time, final studio album by Yellow Magic Orchestra. The band dissolved the following year after a world tour, but would later reform in 1993 for a one-off reunion album, Technodon. Each member would continue their already established solo careers, while Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi also formed the band Sketch Show (with Ryuichi Sakamoto assisting), which later turned into YMO. Like ×∞Multiplies, it contains a mixture of YMO songs and comedy sketches performed by Super Eccentric Theater, or S.E.T. The first Dutch/German edition of the album omitted the sketches, effectively cutting the album's length in half. In 1999, the album was remastered under Hosono's supervision with new liner notes provided by lyricist Peter Barakan.

Service features "You've Got to Help Yourself", which was previously featured in instrumental form on the previous album, Naughty Boys Instrumental. The 2nd "S.E.T." track featured a sample of Casiopea's song "Time Limit". "以心電信" more accurately transliterates to "Telegraph from the heart".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Limbo"Yukihiro Takahashi, Haruomi Hosono, Peter BarakanTakahashi, Hosono3:21
2."S.E.T."  4:21
3."The Madmen[2]"Hosono, BarakanHosono4:40
4."S.E.T.[3]"  1:23
5."Chinese Whispers"Takahashi, BarakanTakahashi4:27
6."S.E.T."  4:16
7."You've Got to Help Yourself" (以心電信 Ishin Denshin)Hosono, BarakanRyuichi Sakamoto, Takahashi4:45
Side two
1."S.E.T.+YMO"  5:53
2."Shadows on the Ground"Sakamoto, Takahashi, BarakanSakamoto, Takahashi4:20
3."S.E.T."  3:25
5."S.E.T."  4:09
6."Perspective"Sakamoto, BarakanSakamoto5:12
7."S.E.T."  0:46


Yellow Magic Orchestra - Arrangements, Electronics, Mixing engineers, Producers
Guest musicians
Super Eccentric Theater


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ This song was inspired by Daijiro Morohoshi's comics "Mud men".
  3. ^ The introduction is "Time Limit" of Japanese jazz fusion band "Casiopea".