YAPOOS – BARBARA SEXEROID (1987)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by YOICHIRO YOSHIKAWA

The debut single of Yapoos and a pulpy mixture of secret agent drama, exploitation film, and mid-century SF that doesn’t sound much like the other music Yapoos would go on to make.

Translation under the cut:

Running through the darkness in an air-car
on an illuminated tube highway
An 8th generation SEXEROID (1)(2)
a high-grade REPLICANT
This is the purpose for which I was made

I am a machine without human rights
I receive your orders and head to the B-ROOM
An 8th generation SEXEROID
a high-grade REPLICANT
for whom the morning never comes

I’ve downloaded your data
I’ll do something good for you
I’ve got nothing like “pride”
tonight I’ll teach you something
more important than that
My code-name is BARBARA

I am a robot without human rights
A program without shame
An 8th generation SEXEROID
a high-grade REPLICANT
for whom the night continues forever

I’ll do anything and everything for you
I’ll do anything you like

“Pride,” “backbone,” what are they?
This is pessimistic story, huh?
Yeah, but I’m an optimist
My code-name is BARBARA

I’VE NEVER HAD ANY COMPLAINTS IN BED
NOT ONCE IN MY LIFE

Running through the darkness in an air-car
in an illuminated tube highway
An 8th generation SEXEROID
a high-grade REPLICANT
This is the purpose for which I was made

I’ve got nothing like “pride”
tonight I’ll teach you something
more important than that
My code-name is BARBARA


1) Sexaroids are a concept in Japanese science fiction referring to, obviously, androids (usually spies) that can have sex with people. The term was coined by LEIJI MATSUMOTO, author of Space Pirate Captain Harlock (among many others), in his 1968-1970 manga SEXAROID.

2) Sexaroid is spelled incorrectly in the song as compared to the manga and concept, as confirmed by the single’s cover, but I chalk that up to an unintentional mistake in production. For authenticity I have preserved the original spelling.

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