Mick Karn

Mick Karn

Real Name:
Andonis Michaelides
24 July 1958 - 4 January 2011

Mick Karn was a one-off and an all-round artist. He emigrated to the UK from Cyprus in the early 1960s and met the three other founding members of Japan at Catford Boys' School in London. Japan became one of the most celebrated bands of the 1980s, and their popularity is only increasing today, with huge interest in the original, subsequent and solo music of the various members and a new book, "Japan: A Foreign Place", by Anthony Reynolds (due in 2015). Japan split in 1982, bowing out after a hugely successful world tour and accompanying album, "Oil On Canvas".

Inside and outside Japan, Mick developed a distinctive and original bass sound instantly recognizable as his own. Mick was mainly a self-taught musician and many feel he changed the perception of how the bass is played and heard forever. His rubbery, unique playing led best friend and Polytown band mate David Torn to say of Mick, "It's as if Bootsy Collins was from Morocco." He also played woodwind instruments, mainly clarinet and saxophone, and many others.

Mick was a celebrated sculptor as well as an author and chef; he later qualified in psychiatry. He spoke several languages and in 2009 published his autobiography, "Japan and Self Existence," available from www.lulu.com.

After Japan, Mick worked in many areas of music, experimenting in jazz, ambient and prog, and continued to create his own indefinable music as a solo artist and in collaboration with other great musicians, including ex-members of Japan.

His first solo album, "Titles", and the first Dalis Car collaboration, "The Waking Hour", give those new to his music a good place to begin to discover it.

Other groups/collaborations:
Alice, Polytown.
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Mick Karn Discography Tracks


Mick Karn Titles (Album) Virgin Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Dreams Of Reason Produce Monsters (Album) Virgin Italy 1986 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Bestial Cluster (Album) CMP Records Germany 1993 Sell This Version
David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio - Polytown (Album) CMP Records Japan 1994 Sell This Version
Mick Karn The Tooth Mother (Album) CMP Records Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Yoshihiro Hanno meets Mick Karn Yoshihiro Hanno meets Mick Karn - Liquid Glass (Album) Toy's Factory UK 1998 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Each Eye A Path (Album) Medium Productions Limited Japan 2001 Sell This Version
MPCD15 Mick Karn Each Path A Remix(CD, Album) Medium Productions Limited MPCD15 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Mick Karn More Better Different (Album) Invisible Hands Music, Invisible Hands Music UK 2003 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Three Part Species (Album) MK (2) UK 2006 Sell This Version
Mick Karn The Concrete Twin (Album) MK (2) UK 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mick Karn Sensitive (Single) Virgin New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
Midge Ure & Mick Karn Midge Ure & Mick Karn - After A Fashion (Single) Chrysalis, Musicfest UK 1983 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Buoy (Single) Virgin UK 1986 Sell This Version
Mick Karn The Jump (Single) Invisible Hands Music UK 2003 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Love's Glove (EP) MK (2) UK 2005 Sell This Version
Mick Karn Of & About (Single) MK (2) 2006 Sell This Version
none SUGIZO Feat. Mick Karn SUGIZO Feat. Mick Karn - Missing Link(File, MP3, Single) Not On Label none Japan 2010


Mick Karn The Mick Karn Collector's Edition (Comp) CMP Records Italy 1996 Sell This Version
MKCD2 Mick Karn Selected(CD, Comp) MK (2) MKCD2 UK 2007 Sell This Version
CMPCD2506 Mick Karn Bestial Cluster / The Tooth Mother(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) CMP Records CMPCD2506 UK 2008 Sell This Version

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June 28, 2014
Since 1980 my sole inspiration to play bass.


July 23, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
This man's bass playing will live on forever, he did have an unbelievable feeling on those strings. RIP


January 15, 2011
Been a fan of Japan and Mick Karn since the mid '80's. So very saddened to hear of his passing. He was an enigmatic and creative artist and played the bass like no other. He will be greatly missed. RIP Mick, you will not be forgotten.


January 10, 2011
Just discovered his works today, and was very bummed (sad) that he passed away just 6 days ago.


September 28, 2002
edited over 7 years ago
The man that made the fretless bass talk. RIP 24 July 1958 - 4 January 2011

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