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). Rob (Robert) Dean joined the line-up as guitarist and the band subsequently 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. Rob Dean left the band after Gentlemen Take Polaroids but continued working with the band for one more tour thereafter.

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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Albums

SW-4-50047 Japan - Obscure Alternatives album art Japan Obscure Alternatives (Album, Comp) Ariola Hansa SW-4-50047 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
VPL1-4075, VPL1 4075 Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Adolescent Sex (Album, Single) Ariola Hansa VPL1-4075, VPL1 4075 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
AHAL 8010 Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Quiet Life (Album, Comp) Hansa, Hansa AHAL 8010 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
V 2180, V2180 Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album art Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2180, V2180 UK 1980 Sell This Version
V2209 Japan - Tin Drum album art Japan Tin Drum (Album, EP) Virgin V2209 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3769/S Japan - In Concert-249 album art Japan In Concert-249(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3769/S UK 1981 Sell This Version
302 178-406 Japan - Oil On Canvas album art Japan Oil On Canvas (Album) Virgin, Virgin 302 178-406 Europe 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

100 072 Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Adolescent Sex (Single) Hansa International, Hansa Record 100 072 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
DE. 3014, DE 3014 Japan - Don't Rain On My Parade album art Japan Don't Rain On My Parade (Single) Hansa International DE. 3014, DE 3014 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
AHA 529 Japan - Sometimes I Feel So Low album art Japan Sometimes I Feel So Low (Single) Ariola Hansa AHA 529 UK 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-2648, AHA-1001 Japan - The Unconventional album art Japan The Unconventional (Single) Ariola Hansa VIP-2648, AHA-1001 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
none Japan - 日本語シートレコード album art 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, Red) Victor, Ariola Hansa none Japan 1978 Sell This Version
VIP-2797, AHA-1013 Japan - Quiet Life = クワイエット・ライフ album art Japan Quiet Life = クワイエット・ライフ (Single) Ariola Hansa, Ariola Hansa VIP-2797, AHA-1013 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
AHAD 540 Japan - Life In Tokyo album art Japan Life In Tokyo (Single) Hansa International, Hansa International AHAD 540 UK 1979 Sell This Version
100.481, 100481 Japan - Deviation album art Japan Deviation(7", Single) Hansa International, Hansa International 100.481, 100481 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
VIPX-1501, AHA-1501 Japan - I Second That Emotion = セカンド・ザット・エモーション album art Japan I Second That Emotion = セカンド・ザット・エモーション (Single) Ariola Hansa, Ariola Hansa VIPX-1501, AHA-1501 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
600.242, 600 242 Japan - Live In Japan album art Japan Live In Japan (EP, Single) Hansa International, Hansa International 600.242, 600 242 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
101 754, 101 754-100 Japan - Quiet Life / Second That Emotion album art Japan Quiet Life / Second That Emotion (Single) Rocktopus, Rocktopus 101 754, 101 754-100 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
VS 379 Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album art Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Single, EP) Virgin VS 379 UK 1980 Sell This Version
EPHA 001, EPHA-001 Japan - Special Edition - Five Song - Extended Play album art Japan Special Edition - Five Song - Extended Play(12", EP, S/Edition) Hansa, Quality EPHA 001, EPHA-001 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
JAPAN 1J Japan - Welcome To Japan Official Fan Club album art Japan Welcome To Japan Official Fan Club(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Red) Not On Label (Japan) JAPAN 1J Japan 1980 Sell This Version
HANSA 12-6, HANSA126 Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Quiet Life (Single) Hansa HANSA 12-6, HANSA126 UK 1981 Sell This Version
VS 436 Japan - Visions Of China album art Japan Visions Of China (Single) Virgin VS 436 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
VEP 305 Japan - The Art Of Parties album art Japan The Art Of Parties (Single) Virgin VEP 305 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
VIP-4181 Japan - Nightporter album art Japan Nightporter (EP) Virgin VIP-4181 Japan 1982 Sell This Version

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DazMon

DazMon

September 10, 2020
Love this band, they were ahead of their time, but being called 'Japan' you'd think they'd be able to pronounce Tokyo as 2 syllables not 3, just nitpicking here sorry...
Madison-chan

Madison-chan

April 21, 2019
One of the most underrated bands of the 80's, their great experimental work was refreshing compared to most other acts at the time. Life long fan of these guys.
Oivind67

Oivind67

October 21, 2018
Is there any reason why Gentlemen are listet before Quiet Life?

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