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Yellow Magic Orchestra made its 1980 debut on the legendary American dance show “Soul Train” performing a cover of “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells, two years after the November 1978 release of the trio’s eponymous first album

Dressed in logoed button-downs with red armbands, conjuring images of Mao Zedong’s Red Guards, the three members performed a curiously fresh update of the early funk hit that featured a vocoder, synths and exaggeratedly accented lyrics spoofing Asian stereotypes in the West: “We are YMO! From Tokyo, Japan! We don’t sightsee, we dance. You understand?”

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