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

Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Adolescent Sex (Album, Single) Ariola Hansa Australia 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Obscure Alternatives album art Japan Obscure Alternatives (Album, Comp) Ariola Hansa Canada 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album art Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Album) Virgin, Virgin UK 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Quiet Life (Album, Comp) Ariola Hansa Canada 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - Tin Drum album art Japan Tin Drum (Album, EP) Virgin 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
Japan - Oil On Canvas album art Japan Oil On Canvas (Album) Virgin, Virgin Europe 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Japan - Adolescent Sex album art Japan Adolescent Sex (Single) Hansa International, Hansa Record Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - The Unconventional album art Japan The Unconventional (Single) Ariola Hansa Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Sometimes I Feel So Low album art Japan Sometimes I Feel So Low (Single) Ariola Hansa UK 1978 Sell This Version
Japan - Don't Rain On My Parade album art Japan Don't Rain On My Parade (Single) Hansa International Italy 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
Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Quiet Life (Single) Ariola Hansa, Ariola Hansa Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - Life In Tokyo album art Japan Life In Tokyo (Single) Hansa International, Hansa International 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
Japan - Quiet Life / Second That Emotion album art Japan Quiet Life / Second That Emotion (Single) Rocktopus, Rocktopus Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - Live In Japan album art Japan Live In Japan (EP, Single) Hansa International, Hansa International Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - I Second That Emotion album art Japan I Second That Emotion (Single) Ariola Hansa, Ariola Hansa Japan 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids album art Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Single, EP) Virgin 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
Japan - Quiet Life album art Japan Quiet Life (Single) Hansa UK 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - The Art Of Parties album art Japan The Art Of Parties (Single) Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - Visions Of China album art Japan Visions Of China (Single) Virgin Australia 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - Nightporter album art Japan Nightporter (Single) Virgin UK 1982 Sell This Version