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) :*/
Their older stuff reminds me too much of Bowie, and Sylvian's voice is a bit more whiny than on Gentlemen or Tin drum. Its not bad material its just not as catchy or interesting to me as their new wave material. I need to go back and listen to it tbh though
Oh come on, Duran Duran really appreciated Japan. They were not copy cats. And Rhodes was just a young fan boy, he looked like David because he was almost like an idol for him, not because that was cool or whatever. That's cute, not something to fuss about. Japan is "a truly influential group", as said below.
' "Amazing that only a few in the world know that Duran Duran were copy cats." '. Except that Duran duran were not just copycats (apart maybe Rhodes outragesously obvious look, in the mid 80s), and Japan were not their only influence (at all)... an old Japan fans ('a little biased') legend... but that's why they could get their international commercial (disco, funk, pop..) success in the early 80s too (at the difference of Japan..that stayed in their more elitist genre till the end). But all that is history too now ^. RIP Karn (2). Just my 2 cents anyway.. knowing both bands here (and appreciating them both for their own musical virtues..that were different for sure too, from start, anyway). *)