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For artists in the late 1970s and early 1980s, New York was definitely where it was at and Japanese band the Plastics were among those who found themselves right at the heart of that heady scene.

Instrumental in shaping the distinctive New Wave sound of that era, they influenced bands such as Devo and The B-52’s with their spiky, cartoonish sound and cutting-edge visual style. Thirty-five years since the band debuted, The Japan Times met up with guitarist and vocalist Hajime Tachibana in a fashionable Marunouchi coffee shop, prior to a string of live dates to celebrate that landmark.

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