Japan

Japan

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Formed in London, England in early 1974, Japan comprised David Sylvian (vocals), his brother Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (saxophone/bass). A guitarist, Rob Dean, was added to the line-up when the band won a recording contract with the German record company Ariola-Hansa. Eminently unfashionable in the UK punk era, they first found success in Japan. After three albums with Ariola-Hansa, they switched to Virgin Records in 1980 and found their fortunes dramatically improving thanks to the surge of popularity in the New Romantic movement. Japan's androgynous image made them suddenly fashionable and they registered several UK Top 20 singles. Their albums Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980) and Tin Drum (1981) were also well received. Disagreements between Karn and Sylvian undermined the band's progress just as they were achieving some long-overdue success, and they split in late 1982.The members diversified into collaborative work and solo careers, reuniting (minus Dean) in 1991 for a project under the moniker of Rain Tree Crow.
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Japan Discography Tracks

Albums

Japan Adolescent Sex (Album, Single) Ariola Hansa Australia 1978 Sell This Version
Japan Obscure Alternatives (Album, Comp) Ariola Hansa Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Japan Quiet Life (Album, Comp) Hansa, Ariola Hansa Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1980 Sell This Version
Japan Tin Drum (Album, EP) Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3769/S Japan In Concert-249(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3769/S UK 1981 Sell This Version
Japan Oil On Canvas (Album) Virgin, Virgin Europe 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Japan Adolescent Sex (Single) Hansa International, Hansa International, Hansa Record Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Japan The Unconventional (Single) Ariola Hansa Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Japan Sometimes I Feel So Low (Single) Ariola Hansa UK 1978 Sell This Version
Japan Don't Rain On My Parade (Single) Hansa International Italy 1978 Sell This Version
FM-6512 デヴィット・シルヴィアン*, Japan デヴィット・シルヴィアン*, Japan - 日本語シートレコード(Flexi, 7", Single, Ltd, Fle) Victor, Ariola Hansa FM-6512 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Japan Quiet Life (Single) Ariola Hansa Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Japan Life In Tokyo (Single) Hansa International, Hansa International UK 1979 Sell This Version
100.481, 100481 Japan Deviation(7", Single) Hansa International, Hansa International 100.481, 100481 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
Japan Live In Japan (EP, Single) Hansa International, Hansa International Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
Japan I Second That Emotion (Single) Ariola Hansa, Ariola Hansa Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Single, EP) Virgin UK 1980 Sell This Version
EPHA 001, EPHA-001 Japan Special Edition - Five Song - Extended Play(12", EP, S/Edition) Hansa, Quality EPHA 001, EPHA-001 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
ML-1001 Japan A Happy "Rock 'n' Roll" New Year(Flexi, 7", Single, Red) Music Life ML-1001 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
JAPAN 1J Japan Welcome To Japan Official Fan Club(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Red) Not On Label (Japan) JAPAN 1J Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Japan Quiet Life / Second That Emotion (Single) Rocktopus, Rocktopus Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Japan Quiet Life (Single) Hansa UK 1981 Sell This Version
Japan The Art Of Parties (Single) Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
Japan Visions Of China (Single) Virgin Australia 1981 Sell This Version