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  • Audio CD (26 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sur La Plage
  • ASIN: B0002JU7E8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Polysics are three mysterious characters, half animal, half machine, transported back through time from Neo Tokyo making music that will flatten cities, drain oceans and split atoms. Think Devo locked in a lift with Kraftwerk with the wardrobe designer of the Residents on board for a laugh and you are there. This is 21st century new wave. Nine mini and full albums in their five-year career form the basis for this best of collection. It includes the single "Kaja Kaja Goo" and their reworking of the Knack's classic "My Sharona". Polysics wear their influences clearly on their sleeves, but have managed to mutate modern electronics with classic new-wave songwriting and created their own beautiful noise.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. LJ Morris on 27 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
My love affair with Polysics is one that has exploded rapidly.
Seeing them live during their short UK tour, they blew the small crowd of under 50 away with their pure enthusiasm and hyperactivity.
This album is crafted very much liek that gig. This is not an album merely of a number of songs, these songs perfectly lead on from eachother making the listening experience the closest to seeing them livethat I've known of a non-live album.
Mixing frenzied drums, raging guitar, an often heavy baseline with a real electro robotic keyboard twist this is something new. I guess the best I could describe it is as Japanese New Wave Electro Punk.
Lead singer/gui tarist Hiroyuki Hayashi's vocals flash around, low, high, squealing, all perfectly entrancing and exciteable, especially on "Hot Stuff".
There's also a distinct J-Pop flavour with cheeky high girlie vocals from Kayo and Fumi on the highly enjoyable "New Wave Jacket". Robotic voice sequencing also gets a wonderfully heavy outting on the album and their swirling, jiggling remix of "My Sharona" really is a highlight of the album.
The combination of Japanese vocals with simple English such as "Lookin' Lookin' Gaa" (Another real highlight)and "For Young Electric Pop" shows that they're a group not afraid of experimentation and combining languages and singing stylesa long with sudden explosions into driving guitars before dropping back into simple keyboard-led basslines.
Polysics Or Die!!! is an album to make you happy. The English lyrics especially aren't deep or meaningful, there's no heavy message and they don't take themselves too seriously.
Blow away that stuffy music and enjoy yourself once in a while...With Polysics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
After seeing them live, I knew I had to see them again. And, after seeing them again, I knew I had to own this album.
It's as if Devo was thrown into the latest high-tech multifunction Akihabara-bought blender along with the last 20 years of Japanese pop-punk and pulverised into a perfect superenergy-go-go-GO shake for you to drink down with a smile.
You can't help but grin when you're listening to it. You can't help but dance along. And you certainly can't control yourself if you have a sudden urge to start doing the robot in the middle of the street, singing along to "New Wave Jacket" while your arms and feet jerk about.
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By Mr. C Coulson VINE VOICE on 25 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Imagine the soundtrack to a Punk Rock Manga Video Game perfomed by Devo, Kraftwerk and early XTC and you're getting close to what the mysterious Polysics are about.
It's chock full high energy, gloriously mental electro-pop-punk sung in sort of sloganised mix of nonsense Engrish and Japanese.
Most of the tracks are highly imaginative and full of great hooks even if you can't understand a word they're saying. Apart from the frenzied single Kaja Kaja Goo (featuring Nick Beggs of Kajagoogoo) you get a Devoesque version of the Knack's My Sharona and sublime pop of Black Out Fall out which sounds like a sort of Japanese Kirsty McColl.
It has to be said that with a few notable exceptions, (YMO, Pizzicato Five, Stomu Yamashta and er....Tomita), Japanese music has not exactly set the western world on fire but Polysics go a long way to redressing the balance. Ok it's not everyone's cup of Green Tea but it hit the spot for me.
I've had this album a while and have only just started listening to it properly - now I can't get it out of my head or off my car stereo
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