Pioneers, innovators, explorers, extraordinary, ambitious, fearless, contemporary, artistic, talented; these are just a few of the references made to identify YMO. The collaboration started in 1978 in Tokyo by keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto, drummer Yukihiro Takahashi and bassist Haruomi Hosono. YMO took their chance and showed the world what they were capable of with new technology made available to them at the time. In the course of their careers in the music business, YMO got involved in film music, collaborations with artists all over the scope (from Hip-Hop to Rock), inventing the House/Acid sound and getting involved in numerous projects. The impact of this Japanese trio is not to be reckoned with and has become a given, inspiring many in the music industry.
“Naughty Boys & Instrmentals” is YMO‘s 6th album, released in May 1983 and undoubtedly one of the best synthesizer pop albums ever. Naughty Boys has a different sound and leans more to the Japanese pop music scene than previous albums. Nevertheless, this is a solid dance album! Kimi Ni Mune Kyun”” and “Lotus Love” stand out as most famous and loved by fans. Instrumentals was released in July ’83 and is the instrumental version of Naughty Boys featuring additional synths, a completely different running order and include different versions and mixes.