Re: The great Polysics new-wave reference collection.

You might be right there.  It sounds like it was taken from a live performance (or perhaps The Mix album).  There has to be a Kraftwerk connection somewhere.

Also, I thought the main melody of "Weak Point" was always kind of similar to "Race of Doom".  Very different feel, but if you slowed down "Weak Point" it would definitely sound very similar...

I did notice there are some references to Devo in the lyrics I could find.  From "Go Ahead Now!":

Take a big mess, Take a little rest
Take your reflex, Spoil your test
We're pinheads! Here we go now!

"Each Life Each End" has a reference to Ohio (something's rotten in Ohio).

From "Making Sense":

Need something to change your mind,
Change your mind, stop making sense
Learn about the both side of things
Tails I win, heads you lose

One blockhead's silly action
Leads to the new sense world
One blockhead's silly action.
Leads to the new sense

I think that answers the question as to whether or not it was a Talking Heads reference, plus of course a ref to "blockhead".


Wish I could find a few more lyrics online...this is fun

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Nearly all of each life each ends lyrics are referencing Devo:

Polysics - Each life each end:

Something's flattening my toys
Something's wrong with my brownie
Something's rotten in Ohio
And I don't know what to do!

Devo - Red Eye Express:

Something's flattening my cola
Something's wrong with my brew
Something's rotten in Idaho
And I don't know what to do!


Polysics - Each Life each end

Gonna get out from her car
And leave her cold red track (ooh yeah)

Devo - The Day my Baby gave me a surprise

Gonna get out from her long white bed
And leave this cold white room


Not many bands could get away with that much plagiarism!

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Not new-wave music but instead television:

I think P! is a reference to the logo on the scooter in FLCL: which is an anime partially soundtracked by The Pillows (who are on the same record label as Polysics and are in there top friends group on MySpace). Go on here: http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&sour … 9e80c842e4 and also look at the image search.

I sent an e-mail (lol) to the neu@polysics.com address but naturally they haven't replied yet: maybe because they've just had three gigs in three days and I asked whether they were gonna have a new album out sometime around February 2011 (is this seemingly obvious to anyone else but me -_- with how they've just done preproduction and announced a big concert in March?) and also whether they were gonna have any overseas tours in the next couple of months. Yes I've sidetracked in this paragraph!

Ok bye hmm

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Probably not.

POLYSICS had P-badges on before FLCL was out.

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Yeah, FLCL came out in 2000 and from the get go in 1997, Polysics had badges with a P on them. But, they did actually start playing the song P! around in 2007, so who knows. I know Hiro likes some anime, like Ultraman I believe, but I don't know how familiar any of the band members are with this anime.

And speaking of anime and Polysics, there is a picture of Kayo in the ending theme of BECK, a music anime.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y08rOwBLvPs#t=0m54s
I have it to start about where you see her, but you see her from this picture. Very neat!!

http://i40.tinypic.com/x3dbtg.jpg

I don't post here much anymore but I still have a fond appreciation for Polysics. Hit me up on Twitter @west_haven if you really wanna talk to me smile

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SCVStuart wrote:

Not many bands could get away with that much plagiarism!

I don't really call it that since they are pretty up front about being inspired by Devo.  Honestly; I can't understand any of the lyrics on Neu! and was surprised to find they were all English!!  If I didn't see this here I'd never know.  Some other stuff on that album definitely does fall more into the category of plagiarism though ("S.V.O.", "Plaster Caster")

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Hehehe,I was only Joking really, I know Hiro does things like taking lyrics or sampling because it's his way of paying tribute to the original sources. 1st P and ADSRM are entirely English too, and seeing as Hiro could barley speak the language at the time I expect there are a lot of borrowed lyrics somewhere in those terrible distorted vocal mixes too. There is a line in T-riangle (I think) which is taken from Top Secret Man by Plastics for example. I'm not fussy about plagiarism or sampling as long as credit is given, Polysics definitely give DEVO plenty of credit!

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I Found this to be rather interesting, and I made sure that no one else found this either and had added this wink

Okay, so I was watching some Devo videos and I came across one for "Disco Dancer" (Total Devo).  As I was watching it, I noticed a very similar dance move the girls do that Kayo and Fumi do during the live performance of "COLON" from [FOR YOUNG ELECTRIC POP]:

Disco Dancer (skip to 0:43):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-BGltttqaE

Colon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzU7EuFdRMc

Also, I'm not sure if this is technically a reference but Polysics' "CARS" from "National P" reminds me so much of "the B-52's" song "Rock Lobster" from their Debut album.  Compare the two and see if you get the same similarity.

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Lu456 wrote:

Okay, so I was watching some Devo videos and I came across one for "Disco Dancer" (Total Devo).  As I was watching it, I noticed a very similar dance move the girls do that Kayo and Fumi do during the live performance of "COLON" from [FOR YOUNG ELECTRIC POP]

Cool find!

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So far, I haven't seen (here or elsewhere) anyone discussing the likelihood of influences from Oingo Boingo, but I have a hard time imagining that there aren't, and a song like  Walky Talky (Now is the Time!) leaves me personally without any doubt.

I hear a lot of Reptiles and Samurai in it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IboACCh6xpw
but plenty of other songs too;
not necessarily specific riffs pulled from specific songs, but there's a general "theme" to the arrangement and technique in Walky Talky that sounds an awful lot like a lot of very early Boingo (much earlier than the above-noted example, in fact).

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I agree with the Oingo Boingo influence and it's good to hear someone mention them! both bands are so DEVO influenced things are bound to overlap. They  are a lot like a super energetic DEVO in their earlier stuff so it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if walky talky was Boingo inspired. You always read about Hiro mentioning other big new wave acts, but never Oingo Boingo, it would be interesting to ask him about it.

Speaking of Oingo Boingo (and a chance to boast), when my band played in London last, their Guitarist Steve Bartek came along to watch our set! My good buddy meets him whenever him and Danny Elfman are scoring a film in London so they came along to our gig together.

Welcome to the board BTW Tenmiles!

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I think Polysics song "Modern" is HEAVILY inspired by Plastics "Cards"

Cards 2:49: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snGc7o58hU0

Modern: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbeubhwOexg

When Hiro shouts "always running, ow ow ow yeah yeah OWWWW!!!" is very similar to when Toshio shouts "Cards"

Its funny to see how Polysics can get away with these borrowed material X3

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This is what I love so much about Polysics.
They don't blatantly copy songs from other bands. They use influences from other bands and songs and incorporate it into something completely new and crazy.

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Just throwing this out there, but I find the track 'I am Plastic' by Plastics interesting for two reasons:
1. Sounds like a 'Toisu!' after "You are automatic..." (can't quite make out what Toshio is actually saying here - help anyone?)
2. Toshio's little ramble at about 55 seconds in reminds me a lot of Hiro's ramble in COLON. In fact I find that Hiro has a few little quirks in his style that are similar to Toshio's.

Sorry if this has been mentioned before.
First post too - Hi everyone!

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Another one which I couldn't find mentioned was the track がんばれミリンダ (ganbare mirinda <melinda?>) takes some inspiration from YMO's track 'Firecracker' during the little solo.

Also, this might be a bit of a stretch, but the start of 'That's Good' from DEVO's 'EZ Listening Disc' album sounds very similar to the start of ワトソン from KARATE HOUSE.

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http://www.panelmonkey.org/sprite.php?i … mp;theme=3

This thing is called AT-AT. Probably a direct reference.

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Trying to get into YMO for the first time.

Rydeen starts with a drum machine part which is really close to what starts My Sharona.

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My fave YMO albums are BGM and After Service Live

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Has anyone noticed that there is a riff in Lets Daba Daba that sounds a lot like the one from Pseudo Echo's cover of Funky Town?

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i think the "1-2-3-4" sample in "lookin' lookin' gaa" came from either "too tough to die" or "wart hog". it's hard to tell as dee dee's count off sounds similar in both of those songs.

also i'm glad i'm not the only one who thought they heard a bit of a boingo influence.

71 (edited by Specialist290 2011-03-27 23:05:11)

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The "1-2-3-4" countoff is present in so many Ramones songs that you can't really pin it down to one particular one (the first one they used it on on an album is "Listen to My Heart").

In other news:  Don't remember if it's been caught before, but Yet Another Devo Homage:  This live video of "Be Stiff" features one of the members of Devo doing some very familiar calisthenics.

EDIT:  And while we're at it:  While it's not a New Wave Reference per se, compare the covers for "Oh No! It's Heavy Polysick!" and The Beatles' ""A Hard Day's Night."

Semper felicitas.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AUh8xWjbvo
I stumbled across this band, Uchoten (有頂天) on a list of bands similar to P-Model, and their outfits are incredibly poly-esque. I don't think I remember anyone ever mentioning them in regards to Polysics, imo their music doesn't sound too similar but the outfits are uncannily alike. xD

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POLYSICS uniforms are just coveralls that have the name of the band sown on them and a P-button.

Those kinda remind me of Power Ranger uniforms. :-P

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I remember reading somewhere about how the chorus to Pretty Good was inspired by another song, but I can't remember which song or artist it was. I'm thinking Amateur Hour by Sparks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOgxD1kgl0
Anyone else know anything about this?

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trompaholic wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AUh8xWjbvo
I stumbled across this band, Uchoten (有頂天) on a list of bands similar to P-Model, and their outfits are incredibly poly-esque. I don't think I remember anyone ever mentioning them in regards to Polysics, imo their music doesn't sound too similar but the outfits are uncannily alike. xD


where did you find that list?  would definitely be interested - P-model's one of my very favorite bands

also, I do think you're correct in that "Pretty Good" was inspired by "Amateur Hour".  that one's been bothering me for a while, thanks