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British art rock band Japan was formed in 1974 in Lewisham, South London, England with original members David Sylvian (vocals, guitar), Mick Karn (bass guitar, saxophone), Richard Barbieri (keyboards), Rob Dean (guitar), and Steve Jansen (percussion). Dean left the band in 1981, before the recording of Japan's final album, Tin Drum.

Japan began playing , influenced by David Bowie, The New York Dolls and . Japan debuted on record with 1978's Adolescent Sex and subsequently Obscure Alternatives, which both… read more

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  • Avatar for Akatian
    Such geniuses. It's a pity they didn't last longer, but how they delivered on the few albums they did together.
  • Avatar for ainodinho
    I'm glad that I finally listened to them. Great music!
  • Avatar for Kyonil
    Cool.
  • Avatar for Olleroo
    Life In Toookyyyyyyyyoooooooooooooooooo
  • Avatar for Amrabart
    what a band eh?
  • Avatar for defnoob
    Still liiiffe in mobile homes.
  • Avatar for samarkand2004
    Ah,the old DD/Jap tropic..:o/ &i would always kinda disagree*) DD never actually really 'tried' to sound like Japan, if you actually know&listened carefully their first LPs (and even more obvious later^).. They were built and meant to be a no shame angry/angsty teen dance and neodisco mainstream 'f* you' glamy war act (&also Enoesque^) - from the start..to play/mock with the MTV barnums&the likes of their times if possible. &it worked amazingly for them.^ ..&they were used for that at max till they collapse from exhaustion just 3/4 years later (hits/trends talking) ^^ not really a private and small reunion act like Japan..that wanted to be more bowie/roxy music purists till the end. Now a guy from DD loved the haircuts/class of one from Jap (guess who^). Now one always loved the bass from another (RIP - but played it in another style - guess who too^)..good we all have the albums left now. Different..energies. different..moments. &both always singular even now imho..peace to both) :*/
  • Avatar for Gil-galad92
    I agree :) Duran Duran tried to sound like Japan. Japan is a brilliant band, and David is a GENIUS.
  • Avatar for Thispromisehold
    ▾Would have to agree.
  • Avatar for vladmirek
    Someone wrote they're just like Duran Duran. I think it's the other way. Duran Duran is like Japan.

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