Sunday, March 2, 2008

Melon: Do You Like Japan?

1982 release from ex-Plastics members Toshio Nakanishi and Chica Sato. Wikipedia sez of Nakanishi:
His first band, Plastics, had a world tour with Talking Heads and The B-52's in 1980. When the band broke up in 1982, he went to New York and formed Melon with Percy Jones of Brand X, Dougie Bowne of The Lounge Lizards, Bernie Worrell of Funkadelic and Chica Sato, trying to merge funk with Japanese Group Sounds.
And pulling it off pretty well, I might add. Do You Like Japan? is the first Melon album; it also features playing by Masami Tsuchiya, Haruomi Hosonom, and Yukihiro Takahashi. This was a Japan-only release, I think, on Alfa Records. Nine songs, vinyl rip, get it here or here.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this - it's a rare recording of Percy Jones.

Around the same time he also recorded a record for Masami Tsyuchiya called "rice music" and is also on 2 recordings by Ippu-Do.

His best stuff though is with Brand X or Tunnels.

Check out the complete discography of him at

Audiozobe said...

I haven't been looking for this record because, honestly, I didn't know about it. But it's a pretty interesting piece of j-pop meets r&b. It's funny, some of it made me think of Klaus Nomi, not too sure why. Very enjoyable, thanks a bundle for sharing.

Nadman said...

Thanks so much for these Melon albums, they're so difficult to find these days, and they're real gems!!!

Anonymous said...

the links are dead, reupload please