Y.M.O.* ‎– Naughty Boys

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Japanese title: 浮気なぼくら
Transliteration: Uwaki na Bokura

Tracklist

Kimi Ni Mune Kyun (Uwaki Na Bakansu) 4:05
Expected Way 4:33
Focus 3:40
Ongaku 3:25
Opened My Eyes 3:39
You've Got To Help Yourself 0:30
Lotus Love 4:04
Kai-Koh 4:26
Expecting Rivers 4:37
Wild Ambitions 5:11

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
YLR-28008 Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys(LP, Album) Alfa YLR-28008 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
YLC-28008 Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys(Cass, Album) Alfa YLC-28008 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
YLR-28008 Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys(LP, Album) Alfa, HK YLR-28008 Hong Kong 1983 Sell This Version
YLR-28008 Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(LP, Promo) Alfa YLR-28008 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
38XA-6 Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys(CD, Album) Alfa 38XA-6 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
LPU 0014 Y.M.O.* Naughty Boys(LP, Album) Pick Up Records, Alfa LPU 0014 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
32XA-143 Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(CD, Album, RE) Alfa 32XA-143 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
ALCA-293 Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(CD, Album, RE) Alfa ALCA-293 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
LS 9152 2 Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records LS 9152 2 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
7 72705-2 Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(CD, Album, RE) Restless Records 7 72705-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
ALCA-9045 Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(CD, Album) Alfa ALCA-9045 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
ALCA-5222 Y.M.O.* 浮気なぼくら Naughty Boys(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Car) Alfa ALCA-5222 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
none Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys(CDr, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) G. & P. Essential Music none Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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9121987

9121987

July 17, 2016
referencing Naughty Boys, CD, Album, 38XA-6
This CD has pre emphasis, for anyone who wants to know.
leafoscillot

leafoscillot

March 16, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Naughty Boys, LP, Album, YLR-28008

If the second half of YMO's original run is grossly overlooked and underappreciated (which it is, at least in the west), then Naughty Boys is YMO's most unsung work. It might also be their best.

Easily YMO's poppiest record, but by no mean /merely/ "the YMO pop record", Naughty Boys stands in somewhat of a contrast to their previous work, particularly BGM and Technodelic, the two albums directly preceding it. Those albums both seemed to be headed towards a jagged edged, sometimes bone-chilling approach to synthesis and sampling, but it's worth noting, however, that both of those albums also saw YMO becoming more comfortable with vocal driven, pop-structured songs, in comparison to their earlier work that exemplified the mostly instrumental, hyper-melodic proto-techno that the band is usually associated with.

Indeed, Naughty Boys is a very different beast then anything to come before it: a high gloss, spacious--glamorous, even!--synth-pop masterwork. The title alone is golden and when I first heard about the record I couldn't stop laughing. But Naughty Boys is nothing if not a full commitment to a style. On the cover we see the three "boys", each in their early to mid thirties, in softly colored sweaters and lite makeup, an appearance more suited to men at least 10 years younger. It's a humorous image and a strange new look for a band as established as YMO, but also one that radiates a sort of innocence. Boybands do often seem to be sold on a peculiar combination of naughtiness and innocence.

But there's real tenderness there too. The back cover shows one hand from each band member gently holding on to the others.

The boyband image is furthered on the promotional video for the albums opening track and single "Kimi Ni Mune Kyun" which shows the trio barely keeping up with the choreography as they dance across a floor tiled with the album's cover. The video is easily found on youtube and well worth a watch by anyone. The song itself is also the albums most airy and whimsical track, one that in the context of the album works as sort of a subtle bait and switch.

The rest of the album, for being as bright and poppy and humorous as it is, is also surprising heavy. The band here has learned how to use huge gated drums and glistening spires of sound to tug right at the heartstrings in just a way that you might not even it realize at first. The final track, "Wild Ambitions," in particular, with it's deadly double dose of longing and confusion has driven me to tears on more than one occasion. Same goes for "Kai-Koh," a swirling mass of soaring synth lines that feels like a strange ecstasy that may accompany the confontaion of an ultimate sorrow. It's also one of the most amazing songs ever recorded.

Elsewhere, the album feels angsty, even. The song "Focus," in one of the album's few passages in English, has Hosono singing "You'll be burning with a new love tonight, and I'll be burning old pictures in my mind."

Another area where the album really shines is in the vocals. The thing about YMO is that not one of them has the greatest voice in a traditional pop music sense. Each of their voices has its own peculiarities, but here they're singing to their fullest potential anyway, straight from the heart. During the second verse of "Ongaku" we hear each of them taking a line of their own before joining together again in unison. The result is one of the more endearing moments in recorded music.

Also worth mentioning is the invaluable contributions from Bill Nelson on guitar, who appears on most of the album's tracks. The guitar itself sounds more like a synth at times, but carries an incredibly angelic tone like nothing I've heard be for.

I recommend this particular pressing of the album if only because it features some of the most beautifully designed center labels I've ever seen.
prof.lombus

prof.lombus

August 16, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Naughty Boys, LP, Album, LPU 0014

First side of this album is a little bit disappointing. Because it sounds like an ordinary Japanese-pop music that you can hear on any Japanese teen animation. But the second side is exactly what you'd exoect from a proper YMO album. Especially Kai-koh and Wild Ambitions are synth-pop gems.