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At some point, the guitar playing in the song reminds me of Chet Atkins' style of playing.
There's something about the beat, production, playing and sounds in this song that are so unique and hypnotic.
Almost doesn't sound like a band. It's as if wonderful toys are playing the music.
And it's reminiscent of things to come (Bill's later DIY releases in the early '80s).
Thinking of 'Near East' from 'Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres For Dreaming)' among others.
Hate how Now 80s only shows Japan's 'Second that Emotion' fantastic as it was. It was a cover FFS, and Japan wrote some brilliant original music too. Mind you, I saw they showed David Sylvian's 'Red Guitar'once - AMAZING! :) xx
Seems like everything Sylvian is going invisible.
This thread made me want to hear ‘Where’s Your Gravity?’ by Mr. Stateless and listening to it I thought of it my favourite ever by Mr. Stateless and I wondered what are some other post-Japan faves.
Trying to pick a favourite Japan together or solo is not really possible for me. It’s like trying to pick a favourite Bill Nelson or ...
A favourite solo Sylvian though recently has been ‘Where’s Your Gravity?’ It’s a different level, I think, from Stateless. It really gives.
Favourite Barbieri is stubbornly ‘Light On Glass.’ It’s shiver-me-timbers great.
Favourite solo Jansen is currently ‘And Birds Sing All Night.’
‘Serves You Rice’ is favourite Karn at present. That album that that’s from is a knockout.
Love 'Orpheus' 'September' or 'Boy with the Gun' by Sylvian. All of 'Dali's Car' album by Karn and don't know solo music by the other two, although loved Japan! xx
A few years ago, Steve on his blog answered 'In Vogue' as to what his favourite early Japan was.
'IN VOGUE' ... !!
It's not one of those of theirs that I think of straight away, but it is a perfect, moody postcard of a song and maybe it was the song where they found the sound they're most known for?
Also, the presentation of the 'In Vogue' single was as pop as they ever were presented, IMO ...
Wonder though if by "early Japan" the questioner was referring to their 1970s releases.
In Vogue is amazing! Remember seeing this photo when I was a teenager (as had an album full of Japan pics). Brilliant. Was totally blown away - WOW! A piece of art, as their music is xx
My head's exploded haha! Thanks!
It was a good un.
Totally dope group...Does anyone know if that site is still around with their practice session on cassette? They had 'Body Rhythms' on that. Misami had some great solos on those youtube videos. Mick's book is classic.
It's a great number. My favourite moment is the keyboard solo.
The groove of this one and the bee vees tap into their easy-access Reggae influences . . .
Yeah...that whole demo is good. Love when Mick introduces the band in the middle of one of those throwaway songs - 'Carnal Connection' or something.
I like the songs. They're so catchy and the grooves are great as usual. Steve was always incredible.
This one is garage funk fusion rock, really liking this track:
In light of the recent passing of Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls, I remembered this from 2016 . . .
Steve and his son Jude.