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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Singles & EPs

Japan - Nightporter album art Japan Nightporter (Single) Virgin UK 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - European Son album art Japan European Son (Single) Hansa, Hansa UK 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Cantonese Boy album art Japan Cantonese Boy (Single) Virgin, Virgin UK 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Nightporter album art Japan Nightporter (EP) Virgin Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Ghosts album art Japan Ghosts (Single) Virgin New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Visions Of China / Canton album art Japan Visions Of China / Canton (Single) Epic, Virgin US 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - I Second That Emotion album art Japan I Second That Emotion (Single) Hansa Australia 1982 Sell This Version
FLEXI #3 Japan - Life Without Buildings album art Japan Life Without Buildings(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Blu) Trouser Press, Epic, Virgin FLEXI #3 US 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Forbidden Colours / Nightporter album art Japan / Sylvian / Sakamoto* Japan / Sylvian / Sakamoto* - Forbidden Colours / Nightporter (EP) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Japan - Canton (Live) / Visions Of China (Live) album art Japan Canton (Live) / Visions Of China (Live) (Single) Virgin Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Japan - All Tomorrows Parties album art Japan All Tomorrows Parties (Single) Ariola Hansa, Hansa UK 1983 Sell This Version
Japan - I Second That Emotion/ All Tomorrow's Parties album art Japan I Second That Emotion/ All Tomorrow's Parties (Single) Old Gold (2) UK 1987 Sell This Version
Japan - I Second That Emotion/ Life In Tokyo album art Japan I Second That Emotion/ Life In Tokyo (Single) Old Gold (2) UK 1987 Sell This Version
OG 4031 Japan - Life In Tokyo/ Quiet Life album art Japan Life In Tokyo/ Quiet Life(12", Single, RE) Old Gold (2) OG 4031 UK 1987 Sell This Version
OG 9817 Japan - Ghosts / Cantonese Boy album art Japan Ghosts / Cantonese Boy(7", Single) Old Gold (2) OG 9817 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Japan - The Art Of Parties album art Japan The Art Of Parties (EP) Virgin UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Japan - Introducing... Japan (Remastered) - EP album art Japan Introducing... Japan (Remastered) - EP(5xFile, AAC, EP) iTunes Store none UK 2008
BMGCAT345LP Japan - Quiet Life / Life In Tokyo album art Japan Quiet Life / Life In Tokyo(10", Single, Ltd, S/Edition, Red) BMG BMGCAT345LP UK & Europe 2019 Sell This Version

Compilations

DICK 7 Japan - Sales Sampler album art Mike Oldfield, Japan, The Who, Synth4ever, Small Faces Mike Oldfield, Japan, The Who, Synth4ever, Small Faces - Sales Sampler(LP, Comp, Promo, W/Lbl) Virgin DICK 7 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Japan - The Singles album art Japan The Singles (MiniAlbum, Comp) Hansa Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - Assemblage album art Japan Assemblage (Album, Comp) Hansa UK 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - The Singles - The Best album art Japan The Singles - The Best (Comp) Hansa Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Japan - Japan album art Japan Japan (Comp) Epic, Virgin US 1982 Sell This Version
Japan - Take Two:  Adolescent Sex & Obscure Alternatives album art Japan Take Two: Adolescent Sex & Obscure Alternatives (Comp) Arista, Hansa UK 1983 Sell This Version
Japan - Exorcising Ghosts album art Japan Exorcising Ghosts (Comp) Virgin Ireland 1984 Sell This Version