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David Sylvian


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Beckenham, Kent, UK (1958 – present)

David Sylvian (born, David Alan Batt, 23rd of February 1958, in Beckenham, Kent, UK) is an English singer, musician and who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the band Japan, and whose subsequent solo career has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including , music and music.

Japan - which also included Mick Karn, Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri and Sylvian’s brother Steve Jansen - started out as a confusing hybrid rock/sleaze outfit in the mould of David Bowie and The New York Dolls. Their music quickly evolved as, at least to begin with, they drew heavily on the influence of Roxy Music’s stylings. Their visual image developed in parallel and the band were (unwillingly) tagged as forerunners of the movement.

Japan recorded five studio albums between March 1978 and November 1981. Their biggest hit single, the minimalist Ghosts, which reached the Top 5 in the UK charts in 1982, was a clear pointer to Sylvian’s future direction. After a successful tour, the band split in late 1982, and Sylvian embarked upon a solo career.

Around the time of Sylvian’s first solo album he collaborated with 坂本龍一 (Ryuichi Sakamoto) on the soundtrack music for the Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), which produced a Top 20 hit single, Forbidden Colours.


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  • Aiseilles

    Happy Birthday Mr. Sylvian!

    23 Feb 9:19pm Reply
  • THee-BeAtNiK

    A classy gent.

    17 Feb 4:34am Reply
  • mkimpel

    Very nice just enjoy.

    30 Jan 1:38am Reply
  • RussellChap

    sings like honeyed sadness

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Secrets Of The Beehive is SUCH a good album

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • crushthyflowers

    So beautiful.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • eterarnial

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  • mhernandorena

    Take only a minute to mark as " flag of abuse " the static official images and to spread this between his friends. Before the accumulation of "harassments", the moderators will not have most option that to eliminate the above mentioned photos, already I it have seen in other sites and we can!

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mhernandorena

    Request to remove Official Pictures of David Sylvian.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    I assumed it was impossible to dethrone Beehive, but lately Blemish, the record I avoided the longest and thought of as the least possible candidate for this, came dangerously close.

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • teex-

    Do You Know Me Now? is a limited edition single that was released last August. The vinyl can be purchased on the Samadhisound website in addition to a digital download. The title track was recorded as part of an art installation by Phil Collins that David was invited to (full details). Other than that, he's been performing live with The Kilowatt Hour at different venues in Italy over the past month. Stephan Mathieu explained in an interview (3:39) how there hasn't been any word regarding a new release under this collaboration, although considering that the project is still in its early stages, plans may change in the future. Personally, I would love to experience those performances myself in the form of a full-length album, similar to how Uncommon Deities was somewhat derived from an installation at Punkt.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • turas89

    Is he planning to release a new album soon? I mean - what's with "Where's Your Gravity?" and "Do You Know Me Know"?

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SarahOgre

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  • mk741

    v You're right. Clearly I was on a combination of hallucinogenic drugs when I posted that... and I also still need to watch the other 73 episodes... -_-.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ColorfulHyena

    @mk741 'Let the Happiness In'? Wasn't it 'For the Love of Life'?

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    done some great stuff.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Anteat3r

    Gone To Earth is easily David's best record from start to finish IMO. It was a huge influence on bands like Talk Talk and also on a lot of what gets called "post-rock" these days. Textured, full of depth, yet accessible even to people who aren't familiar with his work. :D

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • favdhelm

    No, not simpl - , but complicatedly and ingeniously yhe Best..

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Is there no way of changing the main pic? :(

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
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