The usual suspects were there: the representative "Rydeen", the celebratory "Firecracker", and the cool "Behind The Mask". However, I then came across "U.T."as the first track on Side B for the first time. It was said that the band was starting to change directions to a certain extent into the 80s, but I found "U.T."as an example of one of their fun ol' pure techno hits. The melody is pretty minimalist but Yukihiro Takahashi's（高橋幸宏）propulsive drumming keeps things urgent. And then there is the bridge where the three members pretend to be on a panel show discussing the significance of U.T.
Hosono: Hello, I'm your host, Haruomi Hosono. Appearing on the show today are Yellow Magic Orchestra's Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Welcome gentlemen.
Takahashi: Thank you.
Sakamoto: Thank you.
Hosono: First, I'd like to ask Mr. Takahashi....do you know about U.T.?
Takahashi: Well, I know YT, but this is the first time to hear UT.
Hosono: Ah, really? Well, then, Mr. Sakamoto, what is the meaning of UT?
Sakamoto: Yes, that refers to super global existence.
Hosono: Oh, really? By the way, Mr. Takahashi's drumming on this song is amazing, isn't it?
Takahashi: Yes. It is amazing.
Hosono: Ohhhh....will you listen to this song on the "BGM"album?
Takahashi/Sakamoto: ARE YOU KIDDING?
Love those guys....just horsing around, as usual. But, indeed, according to the writeup for the song in YMO's 1999 Best CD, "YMO Go Home", UT stands for Ultra-Terrestrial....a form of transcendental existence. Originally, the song was a track on the band's 4th album, "BGM", which is often used as a Japlish term for background music, but was referred jokingly by the boys as the abbreviation for "Beautiful Grotesque Music". In any case, the album was ranked 28th in 1981.
Personally, I think the song title was just one preposition away from describing my alma mater, The University of Toronto.
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