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Early Techno-pop version of Martin Denny's Firecracker
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Joined: Jun 12, 2002
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2008-07-07 9:55 pm   Permalink

Okay, so I just realized that Y.M.O.'s (Yellow Magic Orchestra) first single, "Computer Games" is really a cover version of Martin Denny's "Firecracker":

Apparently, one of their members (Hosono) was in an exotica band in the early 70s called Happy End playing a mixture of country/western and Hawaiian music.

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Joined: Jun 28, 2007
Posts: 313
From: Kumamoto , Japan
Posted: 2008-07-10 12:08 am   Permalink

Yep ...I bought the rare yellow vinyl 12" of this when in first came out many moons ago . Have seen it in Tokyo used record shops going for $ 150 .

Saw YMO in NYC around 1980 and they played it live . Super show with the addition of Sakamoto's wife ( now ex ) Akiko Yano on keys . I had the hots for her !

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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
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From: Da Big Island
Posted: 2008-07-10 06:41 am   Permalink

Dang, I think I have the 45 version of this on yellow vinyl in my basement somewhere...have to go dig it out!

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