ILM's 2005 collaborative mix project hoonja-doonja!

February 24, 2005

Yellow Magic Orchestra, "Rydeen"

This song was put out by a Japanese synthpop/dance band in 1980. Shortly thereafter, the Japanese handed the Americans their ass in the automotive and home electronics industries. That's correlation, people. It is my assumption that Solid State Survivor was being played over loudspeakers every morning during the calisthenics sessions in the factory yard. This is why every time a Lee Iacocca book enters my field of vision the letters in the title do a little wavy bit and restabilize as "DAMN YOU, YMO." This song is the popmusic avatar of quality manufacturing and technological sophistication. If it had ever touched the charts in America, the UAW would have voluntarily dissolved, and we would have lots of incredibly fast trains to take us from city to city in less than a day. But let's not ponder what might have been, let's make do with what we have. Take this track to work tomorrow and start bringing home the serious bacon - revenge bacon from Asia. We can do it. Hone your skills.

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