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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 - It's My Discothek Vol. 4 album art Various Life In Tokyo Various - It's My Discothek Vol. 4 (Comp) Hansa International, Hansa International Greece 1979 Sell This Version
149508 / 149509 Various Visions Of China Various - Top Of The Pops - 887(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services 149508 / 149509 UK 1981 Sell This Version
149356, 149357 Japan - Top Of The Pops - 882 album art Various Quiet Life Various - Top Of The Pops - 882(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 149356, 149357 UK 1981 Sell This Version
150316 / 150317 Japan - Top Of The Pops - 915 album art Various Cantonese Boy Various - Top Of The Pops - 915(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services 150316 / 150317 UK 1982 Sell This Version
150801, 150802 Japan - Top Of The Pops - 926 album art Various I Second That Emotion Various - Top Of The Pops - 926(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 150801, 150802 UK 1982 Sell This Version
151194, 151195 Japan - Top Of The Pops - 939 album art Various Life In Tokyo Various - Top Of The Pops - 939(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 151194, 151195 UK 1982 Sell This Version
150053 / 150054 Japan - Top Of The Pops - 908 album art Various Ghosts Various - Top Of The Pops - 908(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services 150053 / 150054 UK 1982 Sell This Version
151388 , 151389 Japan - Top Of The Pops - 944 album art Various Nightporter Various - Top Of The Pops - 944(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services, BBC Transcription Services 151388 , 151389 UK 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - The Eighties Mix album art Various Quiet Life Various - The Eighties Mix Global Television, PolyGram TV UK 1998 Sell This Version
Japan - Relax! The Ultimate 80's Mix album art Various Quiet Life Various - Relax! The Ultimate 80's Mix (Comp) PolyGram TV UK 1998 Sell This Version
Japan - LateNightTales album art AIR Ghosts AIR - LateNightTales (Comp) LateNightTales US 2006 Sell This Version
Japan - Choice: A Collection Of Classics album art Danny Howells Ghosts Danny Howells - Choice: A Collection Of Classics (Comp) Azuli Records, Azuli Records UK 2006 Sell This Version
Japan - The Triptych album art Fred Deakin Adolescent Sex Fred Deakin - The Triptych (Comp) Family Recordings (3), Family Recordings (3), Family Recordings (3), Family Recordings (3), Family Recordings (3) UK 2007 Sell This Version
Japan - So80s (Soeighties) 2 album art Blank & Jones The Art Of Parties (Single Version) Blank & Jones - So80s (Soeighties) 2 Soundcolours Germany 2010

Singles & EPs

DGD 005 Japan - Untitled album art Various Life In Tokyo Various - Untitled(12", Single, Unofficial) DGD DGD 005 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
DMC 73/2 Japan - February 89 - Mixes 2 album art Various Life In Tokyo Various - February 89 - Mixes 2(12", P/Mixed) DMC DMC 73/2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
GG4 Japan - Life In Tokyo / Twice As Nice album art King & Hound Life In Tokyo King & Hound - Life In Tokyo / Twice As Nice(12", Unofficial) Golden Goose GG4 US 2008 Sell This Version

Compilations

Japan - Disco Mania album art Various Adolescent Sex Various - Disco Mania (Comp) K-Tel Austria 1979 Sell This Version
300 528-370 Japan - 24 All Time Super Disco Hits album art Various Life In Tokyo Various - 24 All Time Super Disco Hits(2xLP, Comp) Hansa International, Hansa 300 528-370 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
VP-2088 Various Life In Tokyo Various - Single High Light 9(LP, Comp, Promo) Victor VP-2088 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
TN 1411 Japan - Action Replay album art Various Adolescent Sex Various - Action Replay(LP, Comp) K-tel TN 1411 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
201 066, 201 066-320 Japan - Disco, Rock & Reggae Presented By Metropol album art Various Life In Tokyo Various - Disco, Rock & Reggae Presented By Metropol(LP, Comp) Ariola, Ariola 201 066, 201 066-320 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Japan - It's My Discothek Vol. 5 album art Various Quiet Life Various - It's My Discothek Vol. 5 (Comp) Hansa International, Hansa International Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - Cash Cows album art Various Ain't That Peculiar Various - Cash Cows (Album, Comp) Virgin Germany 1980 Sell This Version
DICK + 9, 212534F Japan - Untitled album art Various Ain't That Peculiar Various - Untitled(LP, Comp, W/Lbl) Virgin, Virgin DICK + 9, 212534F France 1980 Sell This Version