Saturday, October 9, 2010

LIFE IN POP?: Japan's "Ghosts"

In this case I would answer with a deafening YES!  This oddity was released in the UK in 1982 and somehow reached #5 on a chart populated with all manner of insipid catchiness.  It was "New Wave" group Japan's biggest hit,  a feat made even stranger by its combination of haunting ambience,  Stockhausen-esque electronica,  and ambiguous lyrical content.  This was Pop reconfigured by an avant garde sensibility held aloft by an oddly compelling, yet hardly memorable chorus, and a finely tuned sonic architecture.  Who could resist this wonderful hybrid,  one that scattered Rolands,  Sequential Circuits,  and Oberheims in its wake.

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