Solid State Survivor
|Solid State Survivor|
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 25, 1979|
|Studio||Alfa Studio "A", Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo|
|Yellow Magic Orchestra chronology|
|Singles from Solid State Survivor|
Solid State Survivor is the second album by Japanese electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, released in 1979. Later, Solid State Survivor was released in 1982 in the UK by LP and cassette, also in 1992 in the United States by CD, but many of the songs from this album were compiled for release in the States as the US pressing of ×∞Multiplies (1980), including the tracks "Behind the Mask", "Rydeen", "Day Tripper", and "Technopolis". Solid State Survivor is only one of a handful of YMO albums in which the track titles do not have a Japanese equivalent.
The album was an early example of synthpop, a genre that the band helped pioneer alongside their earlier album Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978), and it also contributed to the development of techno. Solid State Survivor won the Best Album Award at the 22nd Japan Record Awards, and it sold two million records.
The album is also known for "Behind the Mask", which YMO had first produced in 1978 for a Seiko quartz wristwatch commercial. YMO made use of synthesizers for the melodies and digital gated reverb for the snare drums. The song has had numerous cover versions produced by other artists, most notably Michael Jackson. Alongside Quincy Jones, Jackson produced a slightly more dance-funk version of the techno classic with additional lyrics, originally intended for his best-selling album Thriller (1982). Despite the approval of songwriter Sakamoto and lyricist Chris Mosdell, it was eventually removed from the Thriller album due to legal issues with Yellow Magic Orchestra's management. Nevertheless, various cover versions were later performed by Greg Phillinganes, Eric Clapton (with Phillinganes as part of his backing band), Orbital, and The Human League, among others, before Jackson's cover version eventually appeared on his posthumous Michael album in 2010.
"Technopolis" is considered an "interesting contribution" to the development of techno, specifically Detroit techno, as it used the term "techno" in its title, was a tribute to Tokyo as an electronic mecca, and foreshadowed concepts that Juan Atkins and Rick Davis would later have with Cybotron.
The album's title song "Solid State Survivor" is a new wave synth rock song. The popular anime series Dragon Ball Z later paid homage to the song and the album with the song "Solid State Scouter" as the theme song of the 1990 television special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku.
This was YMO's most successful album in Japan. It was the best selling album in the Oricon LP Chart for 1980, beating Chiharu Matsuyama's Kishōtenketsu (起承転結) – Godiego's Magic Monkey (西遊記, Saiyūki) was best seller for 1979. In 1980 the album won a Best Album Award (ベスト・アルバム賞, Besuto Arubamu Shō) in the 22nd Japan Record Awards. The album went on to sell two million records worldwide.
|2.||"Absolute Ego Dance"||Haruomi Hosono||4:37|
|1.||"Behind the Mask"||Chris Mosdell||Sakamoto||3:36|
|4.||"Solid State Survivor"||Mosdell||Takahashi||3:58|
- Yellow Magic Orchestra – arrangements, electronics, remix, cover conception
- Haruomi Hosono – bass guitar, synth bass, keyboards, vocoder, production
- Ryuichi Sakamoto – keyboards, vocoder
- Yukihiro Takahashi – vocals, drums, electronic drums, costume design
- Hideki Matsutake – Microcomposer programming
- Chris Mosdell – lyrics
- Sandii – vocals on "Absolute Ego Dance"
- Makoto Ayukawa – electric guitar on "Day Tripper" and "Solid State Survivor"
- Kunihiko Murai and Shōrō Kawazoe – executive producers
- Norio Yoshizawa – recording engineer, remixing
- Mitsuo Koike – recording engineer
- Masako Hikasa and Akira Ikuta – recording coordinators
- Lou Beach – logo type
- Masayoshi Sukita – photography
- Heikichi Harata – art director
- Bricks – costumes
- Takehime, Fumiko Iura and Mayo Tsutsumi – stylists
- Mikio Honda (Clip) – hair
|1979||LP||Oricon LP Chart||1||82||766,000|
|1979||Cassette||Oricon CT Chart||1||65||255,000|
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