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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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  • mhernandorena

    Request to remove Official Pictures of David Sylvian. http://www.lastfm.es/group/Request+to+remove+Official+Pictures+of+David+Sylvian.

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  • mandybula1995

    Нащет нового релиза (хорошо что это сайд а не новый альбом мэтра) - часовая шумовая нить и всяческие там атональные вибрации, как такое слушать - большой вопрос, лучше уж просто почитать поэтику Франца в переплете. Не обессудьте.

    29 Oct 7:39pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    Franz Wright's harrowing poetry and the music works very well together. A great new composition. David and Fennesz are an amazing duo. I just wonder what happened to Stephan Mathieu's contribution to the Kilowatt Hour project. Did he have a falling out with David?

    26 Oct 3:39pm Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    David's text reflecting on the new album is at his website here.

    21 Oct 7:24pm Reply
  • IGWilliams

    Not just available to pre-order. Immeadiate download with purchase. Excllent news.

    20 Oct 10:44pm Reply
  • grahamix2

    New CD ready for pre-order: "there's a light that enters houses with no other house in sight" http://davidsylvian.com/theresalight/purchase.html

    20 Oct 5:34pm Reply
  • Picard-Bron

    абсолютно охуенен и гениален, хорошо, что его и в бывшем СССР знают, как тут ниже написано

    11 Oct 9:52pm Reply
  • BrandBrandt

    Monster.... <3

    19 Sep 11:59pm Reply
  • mandybula1995

    Такими путями создадим русскоязычное сообщество любителей творчества этого прекрасного музыканта))

    15 Sep 5:59pm Reply
  • olylu

    да, мой хитрый план сработал.

    12 Sep 2:09pm Reply
  • Rush1974-2112

    А тех кто понимает не так уж и мало оказалось...

    11 Sep 12:27pm Reply
  • skret_amlet

    mandybula1995, спасибо, что выражаетесь на своём языке :) olylu, ха..

    10 Sep 7:47pm Reply
  • skret_amlet

    Боооооооооооооооооооог

    10 Sep 7:44pm Reply
  • mandybula1995

    olylu, их проблемы, выражаю свое мнение на своем языке.

    17 Aug 8:27pm Reply
  • olylu

    mandybula1995, вряд ли здесь понимают по-русски.

    12 Aug 9:57pm Reply
  • mandybula1995

    Боженька от мира качественной вне жанровой музыки:)

    5 Jun 7:23pm Reply
  • eterarnial

    I wish...

    18 May 9:25pm Reply
  • 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
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