I have been hearing about Sandii & The Sunsetz for decades but never got around to hearing their music until now. But then, last month a commenter for another article by the name of Terry Platt mentioned about how much he liked this unsung band, and I do remember seeing the striking face of Sandii (Sandy O'Neil/Aya Suzuki) on a number of albums. Plus, Sandii herself (as the commenter also stated) has had a long friendship with the good guys at the Yellow Magic Orchestra, even providing some spirited voiceover on one of my favourite tunes by the technopop trio, "Absolute Ego Dance".
So, with all that impetus, I decided to hit YouTube and came across their 4th single from 1986, "Battery". Listening to the song and watching the video brought back a flood of images of the old music videos. And even though this song was from the mid-80s, the video itself looked more like something produced a half-decade earlier (and I'm not saying this in a bad way since I've got a fair amount of sepia-and-rose memories for ancient music videos). "Battery" has that New Wave vibe, and although the Wikipedia article for the band mentions that Sandii and leader Makoto Kubota（久保田麻琴）became good friends with Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie fame and even stated that they were influenced by them, this particular song reminds me of a less sultrier and more poppier version of an old Canadian band, Rough Trade. In addition, I gotta say that Sandii's outfit in the video is so very, very 80s. I hope she returned it to Pat Benatar after the video shoot.
The Wiki article for Sandii & The Sunsetz is right here. And now that I've gotten my feet wet with the band and have enjoyed the swim, I'd like to take a bit more of a look. Any friend of YMO is a friend of mine.