November 25 – YMO, 3 ladies at top, Planes Trains, Beatles 1


Japanese electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra releases its first, eponymous album.

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 

See also: Haruomi Hosono, Yukihiro Takahashi, Tadao Kikumoto


Three female artists top the Billboard charts for the first time.

– At #1 is Cyndi Lauper, from her second album with the title single True Colors

– #2 is Tina Turner‘s Typical Male

– #3 … the third single from her third album! … is Janet Jackson‘s When I Think Of You


John Hughes‘ adult comedy road film Planes, Trains & Automobiles is released.

Steve Martin and John Candy have a weird old time getting home for Thanksgiving. A modern classic, rated a top-10 comedy film by Total Film readers in 2000.

A compliment of rock, pop and country music makes a great soundtrack for this film about everyday people (well…!) just trying to get home.

 37 years after their first time

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The Beatles top the charts again … with a collection of chart toppers.

Called 1, it becomes a best seller in 28 countries. Like, oh sure, it could miss. These guys can print money any time …