Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Here we have Cosmic Invention's 1981 album Cosmorama. As far as I can tell this is their sole release aside from a 7" single of "Yakimori" which is found on the full-length album. There is very little information to be found online about the group, especially since there's another Japanese band of the same name, from the 90s, which features Michio Kurihara and Masaki Batoh.
If you like the Cosmos material I've posted, you'll like Cosmic Invention. Cosmorama has that same sort of whimsical, synth-driven New Wave "fusion" sound. I don't have much information to share, but I at least have a full members list, which is something I don't have for Cosmos. Cosmic Invention supposedly started out as a YMO cover band, and their signature tune, "Computer Obaachan (Grandma)" was originally written by Sakamoto and performed by someone either named Shuko Sakai or Yuko Sakaitsukasa, though I can't find this original version online. The track was produced for a radio program called "Sound Street" on NHK-FM and eventually released on vinyl with "Photo Musik" as the B-side. The song remains relatively popular and has been covered by several other groups since.
森岡みま Mima Morioka：Vocals, Drums
井上能征 Yoshimasa Inoue：Keyboards
佐藤克巳 Katsumi Sato：Keyboards
橋本かんな Kanna Hashimoto：Bass, Keyboards
Album producer: Hiroyoshi Oda
01. Space Fighting
02. 愛Love Come On
03. ちょっとホントあとはウソ/ Chotto Honto Ato Wa Uso
04. ゆでたまごちゃん/ Yudetamagochan
06. コンピューターおばあちゃん/ Computer Obaachan (Grandma)
08. Little Darling
09. Cosmic Fantasy
10. ひこうき雲/ Hikoukigumo
11. それはシークレット/ Sore Wa Shiikuretto (Secret)
"Note" from Discogs:
"This LP was released to celebrate the take-off of Firstman synthesizers."