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Great band, great frontman, great solo-records, great label.
Anything to add?
Even better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpYoBXTnhyU (easily one of the best opening tracks of all time)
Conicidentally I bought Tin Drum off amazon last night, only £3.50
Almost a shame he hasn't played on any of Sylvian's Post-Virgin records, a la his Alva Noto/Fennesz collabs.
this is nice though - love Secrets of the Beehive.
but only started buying the albums over the last few years due to a Taiwanese ex having and playing them. Also have a 12'' single by David Sylvian and Robert Fripp which went onto my may 2010 comp
everyone reckon is japan's best album then? I only have tin drum.
that are quite different the other three. But now, I don't know. They're all great. And when I say great, I mean GREAT. Considering how much they are a product of the late 70s glam, new romance trend these albums sound as good today as when I was a kid. Maybe better.
It's funny, really. Japan, to my recollection, were hated by the critics. One dude I remember had them on his all-time worst band list, the fucker. But me and my pals, we'd listen to Bowie and Japan records for days!
Here's the thing I admire about Sylian. The whole shift to the suave nu-ro frontman seemed natural. Like he was always meant to play the role, in a way that Spandau Ballet dickhead could never be. And then when he sorta chucked it all to go off on the commercially unsound trek of weird ambient-experimental music: hey, my hat's off to the guy!
all of this
But I'm sorting of working backwards from the Sylvian's solo albums.
Obscure Alternatives is probably my second favourite, this is a tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5p3gguClzs
though Oil On Canvas kind of made up for that.
Wasn't wowed by Brilliant Trees but loved the first half of Gone To Earth (bar the title track).
For me his finest work is Secrets of the Beehive. If I was of a mind to knock up a top ten, then 23 years on this record would probably still be in it.
I'm glad I saw him on the In Praise of Shamans tour in 88 but he was already getting a little too experimental for me at that point. After that I lost interest/patience.
Dipped in a few times since, bought the Robert Fripp collaboration The First Day but found it patchy, similarly the reunion project Rain Tree Crow.
I've had a wee listen to some of the more recent stuff and can't say it moves me much.
That said, my love for songs like Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Visions of China, Swing etc remain pretty much undiminished.
Thanks for reminding me.