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

1978

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

1986

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

1987

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.

2000
 37 years after their first time


Toppermost
of the
poppermost

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 …

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