Plastics were a short-lived, but influential, Japanese New Wave band that existed between 1979 and 1981. Their sound was similar to the B-52s, but if you grafted a little of The Sugarcubes on for good measure. They did a killer cover of Last Train to Clarksville. Talking Head David Byrne was responsible for getting their demo tape to the manager of the B-52s. They released two American records on Island and both are delightful. Here they are from an appearance on SCTV. Note Dave Thomas in Japanese drag at the beginning…
When Plastics disbanded Chica Sato and Toshio Nakanishi went on to form Melon and other projects. Plastics guitarist Hajime Tachibana is now a well-respected designer (he does great fonts and designed a pair of Nike shoes recently) and still makes music, including this song “Bambi” which is one of my favorite songs of all time (even if it is a total, obvious rip off of Herbie Hancock’s Wiggle Waggle, I love how relentlessly funky and stripped down Tachibana’s song is).