So I felt like dedicating some space to one of Tin Pan Alley's own songs, peculiarly titled "Yellow Magic Carnival". That was still three years away from YMO's debut by the way. It was part of the group's first studio album from 1975, "Caramel Mama". Nice reference. I'm no musicologist, so I had to gather my info on this piece from other sources. Hosono's English Wiki notes that during that time he became interest in a genre called exotica, which I'd summarize as pseudo-tropical music that combined sounds of South Pacific and the Orient to create this fantastical world that your average North Americans and Europeans would love to escape to. I can just feel the sound of parasols being folded into a suitcase as I listen to this song. It's so relaxing. The temperatures out here in Toronto are heading to morose levels, a perfect time to truly savor the summer that is gone through music like this. I've remarked once that Hosono's vocals leave much be desired, but I actually don't mind them all here. I still don't know why it's called "Yellow Magic Carnival" though. Any guesses?
In 2000, three of the original members (sans Matsutoya) reunited for a one-off release and a few concerts under the name Tin Pan.
P.S. Take a look at MANNA's cover of "Yellow Magic Carnival".