Legal name: 田中知之

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Tomoyuki Tanaka (田中知之, Tanaka Tomoyuki) is an electronic music artist/DJ, better known by his stage name of Fantastic Plastic Machine. Tanaka is considered to be part of the Shibuya-kei movement, drawing heavily from bossa nova, lounge music, soft rock, and French pop, but he also incorporates many other types of music. Tanaka was born in Kyoto, Japan.

In the late 1980s, Tanaka played as the bassist in a rock band called Margarine Strikes Back. Then in the early 1990s, Tanaka became a regular club DJ in the Kansai area, working as part of a DJ team known as Sound Impossible. While playing with Sound Impossible, fellow artist and friend Towa Tei convinced Tanaka to go back to recording music, and in 1997 Tanaka created his solo project Fantastic Plastic Machine under the Readymade Records (a Columbia Music Entertainment sub-label) label in Japan. His first two albums, The Fantastic Plastic Machine (1997) and Luxury (1998), were critically acclaimed and gained him international recognition. The albums were distributed in the United States under the Emperor Norton label, and in Europe on the Bungalow label. In Japan, he is currently under the Cutting Edge label.

At one point, Tanaka hosted a pop culture show on national radio, and in 2004 he hosted another radio show called "Sound Concierge". He also once served as the editor for the Japanese fashion magazine Brutus.

Tanaka's song "Electric Lady Land" has been featured on the movie soundtrack of The Girl Next Door. He has also been featured on some of DJ Stephane Pompougnac's Hôtel Costes CD series. His song "Bachelor Pad (f.p.m. edit)" was featured on the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack. A short edit of his song "Beautiful Days" is featured on the Japanese music game beatmania IIDX 6th style. Also, "Theme of Luxury", "S'Il Vous Plait" and "There Must Be an Angel" are heard in the British sitcom Spaced as well as on the accompanying soundtrack CD. In 2003, his "Different Colors" was featured in a Louis Vuitton commercial created by superflat artist Takashi Murakami. The commercial featured a panda that eats a girl and her cell phone; the three are then transported into an ethereal Louis Vuitton world. This commercial played in Louis Vuitton stores in Japan.

Tanaka is currently involved in Ravex, a collaboration with fellow Avex DJs Shinichi Osawa and Taku Takahashi established to mark 20 years of the label. Their debut album Trax was released on 8 April 2009, and follows the release of the singles I Rave U and Believe in Love - feat BoA.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Fantastic Plastic Machine Fantastic Plastic Machine 3
1998 Luxury Fantastic Plastic Machine 5 3
2000 ファンタスティック・プラスチック・マシーン/very best of FPM in the mix〜A Tatsuo Sunaga Live Mix Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 beautiful. Fantastic Plastic Machine 5 3
2003 too Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2006 Imaginations Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2007 FPMB Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2009 FPM Fantastic Plastic Machine 4 1
2010 FPMブート Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2011 QLASSIX Fantastic Plastic Machine 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 A Life of Cityboys 1992-1995 小西康陽, Fantastic Plastic Machine & Shigeru Saiki 1
1999 Style #09: Dancing at the Disco at the End of the World Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 Les Plus Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2004 Sound Concierge #401: "Do Not Disturb" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2004 Sound Concierge #402: "Four Kicks Adventure" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2004 Sound Concierge #403: "Air Conditioning" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2004 Sound Concierge #404: "Electric Carnival" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2005 Sound Concierge #501: "Blanket" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2005 Sound Concierge ANNEX: "Contemporary Love Songs" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2005 Sound Concierge #502: "Tell Me" Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2007 Fantastic Plastic Machine Best Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2007 Sound Concierge #701: "Super Romantic" Fantastic Plastic Machine 5 1
2007 Sound Concierge #702: "Electric Heaven" Fantastic Plastic Machine 4 1
2008 Sound Concierge JAPAN: "Japanese Lyric Dance" Fantastic Plastic Machine 5 1
2008 Sound Concierge Numéro TOKYO: “Utopia” Fantastic Plastic Machine 4 1
2010 Versus: Japanese Rock VS FPM Fantastic Plastic Machine 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Readymade Records Remixes Pizzicato Five / 5th Garden / Fantastic Plastic Machine 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 contact Fantastic Plastic Machine 2
2003 zoo Fantastic Plastic Machine 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 L'Aventure fantastique Fantastic Plastic Machine 2
1998 Dear Mr. Salesman Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
1999 There Must Be an Angel Fantastic Plastic Machine 2
1999 ファンタスティック・プラスチック・マシーン/インターナショナル・スタンダード Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
1999 Take Me to the Disco Fantastic Plastic Machine 2
2001 Whistle Song Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 Love Is Psychedelic Fantastic Plastic Machine 4
2002 Why Not? Fantastic Plastic Machine 2
2003 Reaching for the Stars Fantastic Plastic Machine 2
2003 Never Ever Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2003 The King of Pleasure Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2005 Tell Me Fantastic Plastic Machine 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 SUMMER REVIEW ep Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
1999 F: International Standard: Luxury Remixes (JP) Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
1999 M: International Standard: Luxury Remixes (US) Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
1999 P: International Standard: Luxury Remixes (EU) Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 beautiful. EP1 Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 beautiful. EP2 Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 Contact EP1 Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 contact EP2 Fantastic Plastic Machine 1
2001 contact EP3 Fantastic Plastic Machine 1

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