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Old 08-08-2005, 04:01 AM   #1
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japan appreciation thread

i realized recently that there's never been a thread about the awesome band that is japan. so i'm going to change that.

japan formed in 1974. they broke up in 1983. they inspired many a band, and really, i think without them the new wave movement may not have had the same impact it did. i only say this because so many of the huge 80s artists were so inspired by japan, the music they would've made had it not been for japan may have sounded different.

anyway, japan can really be summed up into two eras: there's their glam rock phase in 1978, and then there disco/new wave phase from 1979 on. they released five studio albums, a live album, then called it a day.

as for my personal favourites, my favourite album would have to be gentlemen take polaroids. my favourite song is swing.

for those of you not so familiar with them, here's their entry in wikipedia.

and, here's some choice songs for your listening pleasure. i tried to pick their hits as well as some personal favourites. oh btw, a lot of these are in m4a format so if you don't have itunes they may not work. sux 2 b u omg!

adolescent sex, 1978:
the unconventional
performance

obscure alternatives, 1978:
...rhodesia (omg bonus it's reggae!!)
deviation
the tenant (an excellent song that sounds nothing like anything they'd done up until that point)

quiet life, 1979:
quiet life
alien
the other side of life

gentlemen take polaroids, 1980:
gentlemen take polaroids
swing
my new career

tin drum, 1981:
the art of parties
ghosts
canton (a very chinese sounding song. this album is very eastern, but you can really hear it in this song.)
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The "When You Come" video was shot in Japan.

It still stands as one of my least favourite Crowded House video clips.
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The "When You Come" video was shot in Japan.

It still stands as one of my least favourite Crowded House video clips.
yeah well inxs' "original sin" and "i send a message" were shot in japan. and those videos suck too. what does that mean?
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Silly boy! When they fall to their knees And spin and spin and spin

Obviously a bloke

Many of my mis-spent youth memories involve my best friend from school who was a MASSIVE Japan and Sylvian fan and we would spend many a weekend searching all the record stores in town for vinyl. The day we found a David Sylvian POSTER was momentous, for us and for the rest of the store, cos we screamed so loud!

Ah memories!
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Oi watch it, "Original Sin" is fab!
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yeah well inxs' "original sin" and "i send a message" were shot in japan. and those videos suck too. what does that mean?
I do not know of, the origional sin (video).

But I can assume that videos shot in Japan focus to heavily on a culture and environment that is completely unrelated to the material at hand?
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I do not know of, the origional sin (video).

But I can assume that videos shot in Japan focus to heavily on a culture and environment that is completely unrelated to the material at hand?
the videos are scary. you're not missing anything.

and you're right!
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Many of my mis-spent youth memories involve my best friend from school who was a MASSIVE Japan and Sylvian fan and we would spend many a weekend searching all the record stores in town for vinyl. The day we found a David Sylvian POSTER was momentous, for us and for the rest of the store, cos we screamed so loud!


i've got the most hilarious japan poster hanging next to me. i love it.
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Does Dave wear white shoes?
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Does Dave wear white shoes?
in the poster? i can't see his shoes. hold on, i took a pic a while back, lemme find it.
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The pic looks likes it's been photocopied a few too many times and lost detail in the process.

Ooooh, he were pretty, weren't he?
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lol no, it's just the shit quality of the frame it's in. i's be po'. eventually i'll buy a better frame for it like the ones my dd posters are in and it's a shit picture too, i had to take it an an odd angle so the flash wouldn't catch the frame.

yes, he was pretty. but i totally had a thing for the drummer steve.
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lol no, it's just the shit quality of the frame it's in. i's be po'. eventually i'll buy a better frame for it like the ones my dd posters are in and it's a shit picture too, i had to take it an an odd angle so the flash wouldn't catch the frame.

yes, he was pretty. but i totally had a thing for the drummer steve.
Steve and David are identical, just different coloured hair. Thats what comes of being brothers.

Mick Karn on the other hand
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Steve and David are identical, just different coloured hair. Thats what comes of being brothers.

Mick Karn on the other hand
they're not identical for starters david has aged terribly

and how did i know you'd like that little slide in the "i second that emotion" video?
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