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great band and new to me. Tin Drum is pure quality, weirdest pop record I've heard in a good while.
What else is good?
I'm a massive fan of their debut record Adolescent Sex
everyone should own it
its nowhere near as thoughtful and sophisticated and cultured as Tin Drum but it's quite electrifying to hear both the kernel of ideas they developed later on and the razor sharp posing they were destroying all competition with in 78
tracks like Stateline, Wish You Were Black and Televison have no peers really (Eno-Era Roxy Music at a push but they never had the stripped fierceness of Adolescent Sex)
I can't bear Roxy...
whereas early Japan really rip it up
so THIS is where the name All Tomorrow's Parties comes from!
have you heard his recent few albums? amazing stuff. hopefully going to try see him in stuttgart in april but i am running ultra-low on moneys.
FUCK IT. i'll go! you only live once huh?
oops i meant to post this linkl
i am (baden-württemberg). yes. yes i will go yes.
sleepwalkers is a (great) compilation but you may have some/all of it.
i have not yet heard Died In The Wool | Manafon Variations yet unfortunately - must put that on the list.
Seek out David Sylvian's 'Brilliant Trees' and 'Secrets of the Beehive' which are both fantastic, possibly better than any single Japan record.
'Secrets of the Beehive is one of my favourite records of all time.
I think SOTB is so beautiful sounding (as are a lot of records made by DS or Japan) but it has a real emotional directness that is not always present elsewhere.
I haven't listened to Rain Tree Crow for a while, my recollection is that it is a little detached at times (although kind of stark and beautiful).
On the subject of Japan spin offs - have you heard Slope by Steve Jansen - the best of the non DS Japan solo records I have heard (although I confess I have not heard all of them)
You're absolutely right - it's far better than I remembered.
It's a shame it starts with its worst track, but it is a brilliant record.
Despite anything else it must be one of the most beautiful sounding, fantastically produced records ever. You can't knock anything with a bit of bass clarinet and marimba on it.
It does disappear up its own arse from time to time, but the good bits more than compensate.
Isn't it funny how records strike you differently at different times in your life?
St Cronin, possibly the exception, because they were still a band when I got their first two records.
And remember being sorely disappointed with the new direction, when Sylvian changed his vocal style...well, and everything, from glam to electronic based, and those records, of course, are what makes Japan really great.
I also remember some LA Times articles calling Japan one of the worst bands ever. OH HOW I LARFED! One of the awesomenessest, hello!
Almost forget where I was going with this.
Rain Tree Crow. I remember hearing of it, and never following up, and now, this thread, reminds me to do just that!
Sylvian and Janssen's recollaboration record.
I echo the sentiment that Secrets of The Beehive is amazing. One of my favourites ever.
The Japan record I keep going back to the most is Oil on Canvas. The live version of Ghosts is stunning.
My favourite Japan pop single is European Son - which you can only get on a couple of compilations.