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Subject: Japan - Poll

Written By: whistledog on 03/10/07 at 11:07 am

Anyone else like Japan?  I love alot of their songs, but I never really liked 'Ghosts'.  It's difficult to sing along with lol

This is an incomplete discography as I don't know what's beyond the UK Top 40, and whether or not they had any chart success in America ...

1978 - Adolescent Sex
1978 - Obscure Alternatives
1980 - Quiet Life
1981 - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
1981 - Assemblage
1981 - Tin Drum
1983 - Oil on Canvas
1984 - Exorcising Ghosts
1991 - Rain Tree Crow *

1978 - Don't Rain on My Parade
1978 - Adolescent Sex
1978 - The Unconventional
1978 - Sometimes I Feel So Low
1979 - Deviation
1979 - Life in Tokyo
1980 - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
1981 - The Art of Parties
1981 - Quiet Life
1981 - Visions of China
1982 - European Son
1982 - Ghosts
1982 - Cantonese Boy
1982 - I Second That Emotion
1982 - Life in Tokyo <re-issue>
1982 - Night Porter
1983 - All Tomorrow's Parties
1983 - Canton <Live>
1991 - Blackwater *

* Founding members David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri re-formed Japan under the name Rain Tree Crow.  Despite not using the Japan name, the album and single are highly regarded as Japan's final hits.

Subject: Re: Japan

Written By: Paul on 03/12/07 at 5:39 pm

Can't say I was a fan (they were a bit too arty and pretentious for my tastes), but I did actually like 'Ghosts' for its stark, moody feel...

A few months later, they hit with a rather untypical cover of 'I Second That Emotion'...and also rather untypical, they seemed to be contracted to two record labels at the same time!

Subject: Re: Japan

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 03/16/07 at 5:40 pm

I always wanted to like Japan, but never did. 
I like a lot of David Sylvian's solo stuff, though.

Subject: Re: Japan

Written By: Stinkyy on 03/17/07 at 8:07 pm

I think this is a topic very deserving of attention for fans of 80s groups that can be considered somewhat "underground." 

I picked up Gentlemen Take Polaroids while visiting Hawaii,  needed some good ambient music at work.  Just picked up the disc on a whim while nostalgic for Japan actual

I later tried to figure out why the band chose their name.  Was it the same mysterious attraction for the country that Westerners find over there?  Is that why the band is appealing in some part?

Later I learned they are part of a new wave sub-genre someone dreamed up: the "new romantics."  Pretty apt title.  Lumped together with other groups like Duran Duran,  what comes to mind are the guys running around wearing suits to their concerts and etc. 

Very cool band; it's too bad that they're kind of tough to find information on.

Subject: Re: Japan

Written By: whistledog on 09/06/09 at 8:56 pm

Saw a guest viewing this, and realized I never voted.

I have always loved 'Life in Tokyo' the best, followed by 'Quiet Life'

I never used to know the former was a hit in Canada (as it is a song I do not remember at all), but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out.

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