It’s the first album in the world to include the world’s first ($8000) stand-alone microprocessor music sequencer, the Roland MC-8 Microcomposer. The single ‘Computer Game / Firecracker’ from the album sells 400,000 records in the US.
YMO, said to have inspired Afrika Bambaataa, is best remembered for jump-starting the career of Ryuichi Sakamoto(*). He goes on to create many solo albums (notably 1980’s B-2 Unit and its seminal track Riot in Lagos ) as well as soundtracks for videogames and movies. One of them, 1983 David Bowie film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, wins a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music (and features Sakamoto in a lead role).(*)
( YMO site ) ( Sakamoto site ) Thousand Knives
Three female artists top the Billboard charts for the first time.
A compliment of rock, pop and country music makes a great soundtrack for this film about everyday people (well…!) just trying to get home.