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Band: Japan

Postby Bernardo on Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:13 pm

Not crap.

For whatever reason this band really does it for me, at least in their last couple of albums. The bass lines are terrific, the rhythm is always interesting, I love Sylvian singing at his most flamboyant on these records, and their choice of electronics hasn't aged badly at all IMO. Total proto-yuppie kitsch, maybe, but I have a soft spot for them.
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Postby placeholder on Fri Feb 27, 2004 10:06 am

i enjoy them, and am of the opinion that duran duran ripped off and dumbed down their "sound". their records still hold up pretty well, i think.
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Postby rashiedgarrison on Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:27 pm

Not crap. Crazy vocals, the only fretless bass sound I can stomach, stupid hair, lovely sequenced synths... and it all comes together to sound like no-one else, really. 'Tin Drum' is genius.
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Postby second to last on Wed Aug 03, 2005 6:30 pm

Crap. Clever and enterprising, the way only Brits can be, but not genius. And that's just not enough for me to get over the things I really dislike about them, and in particular David Sylvian, who still continues to rely on that damn "quirky" persona and reputation to cover up his banality.

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Postby alex maiolo on Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:07 pm

Heavy WF, but not crap. They were pioneers and the synths always sound great.

I wish the bass player hadn't forgotten to bring his frets.

David has a great voice.

Good background music.
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Postby placeholder on Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:36 am

I'll probably be strung up for this, but I also really like Dali's Car, Mick Karn's band with Peter Murphy.
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Postby TheMilford on Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:01 am

placeholder wrote:I'll probably be strung up for this, but I also really like Dali's Car, Mick Karn's band with Peter Murphy.


I love that record... I think I have an extra vinyl copy if anyone wants.
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Postby enframed on Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:07 am

TheMilford wrote:
placeholder wrote:I'll probably be strung up for this, but I also really like Dali's Car, Mick Karn's band with Peter Murphy.


I love that record... I think I have an extra vinyl copy if anyone wants.


Nine MFing years later: Do you still have it? I don't know what happened to my copy.

Used to also have Jansen, Barbieri, Takemura Changing Hands; not sure what I did with that either...

Been ripping all my CDs and Japan came up today. Love this stuff. Listened to four albums today I think. Holds up very well even though the recordings are clearly dated. It's like they took a cue from Roxy Music and went a different direction. Duran Duran, Pulp, Soft Cell, Associates...probably all fans of this band.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby M.H on Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:14 am

Not a massive fan, but Tin Drum is great: delicate, flexible grooves, imaginatively used. A lot of the elements of their sound (fretless bass, plinky synths, too-frail-to-fuck singer) could easily be gimmicky, but they’re smart enough to tone each part down. Underneath the luxurious sounding polish is a genuine art rock energy; think Discipline era King Crimson rather than Duran Duran.

You can chart the development of their sound across the rest of their patchy but interesting back catalogue, but they never quite nailed it until Tin Drum.

N.C for doing such a good job on that record.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby A Landing Craft on Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:38 pm

Ghosts is a wonderful song. I'm still amazed how something so uncommercial and weird made the UK top 5.

Album wise, Quiet Life has that great title song, a few killers and a bit of waffle. Gentlemen Take Polaroids is my favourite Japan tape, while Tin Drum is a runner up. Shame David Sylvian had to run off with Mick Karn's girlfriend and split the band up.

Chalk me up as another fan of Karn's bass work. The drummer was cool too.

NOT CRAP with slight waffles for the glam stuff.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby enframed on Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:13 pm

A Landing Craft wrote: Gentlemen Take Polaroids


One of the best album titles ever.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby ErikG on Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:22 pm

NC WF0.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby readandburn on Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:09 pm

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Re: Band: Japan

Postby ErikG on Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:59 pm

The Angela Bowie/Mick Karn stuff is so-so at best, but the Japan OGWT performances it led me to (which I'd not seen) are fantastic.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby mackro on Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:30 pm

Not Crap. “Love is Infectious” could be covered Shellac and no one would know it’s a cover. 78-82 is great, though they peaked with Quiet Life. Zero
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby mackro on Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:58 pm

(Ok, Steve’s and David’s voices are different, obv, I just meant the sparse groove of “Love is Infectious”)
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby A Landing Craft on Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:32 am

mackro wrote:Not Crap. “Love is Infectious” could be covered Shellac and no one would know it’s a cover.


I can picture this. The drums and guitar on that track have a Shellac ring to them.

Shellac should release a covers 7". That song on one side (sung by the bloke who wears glasses), and "Hot As Hell" by Complete on the other side (sung by Bob).
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby Bernardo on Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:35 am

mackro wrote:Not Crap. “Love is Infectious” could be covered Shellac and no one would know it’s a cover.


Wow, you're spot on, had never heard that track.

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Re: Band: Japan

Postby Ranxerox on Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:20 pm

Love Japan.
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Re: Band: Japan

Postby Sprague Dawley on Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:27 am

think I had their first 5 lp's before I realised that I couldnt stand Sylvian's mewling bloody miserable singing

god I am a slow cunt at times.

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