Progrography

Japan
Originally a glam rock outfit of minor renown, Japan hit it big when they crossed over to new romantic/art rock in the recent vein of Roxy Music and David Bowie. Quiet Life, Gentlemen Take Polaroids and Tin Drum built up a loyal following who soon found themselves without a band to follow as David Sylvian went solo. The band's exotic soundscapes, Mick Karn's fretless bass and Sylvian's Ferry-cum-Bowie voice place this music at the head of a class that would include Ultravox, Icehouse, Gary Numan and Duran Duran.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1978 March Don't Rain On My Parade
1978 April ADOLESCENT SEX
1978 August The Unconventional
1978 November OBSCURE ALTERNATIVES
1978 November Sometimes I Feel So Low
1978 Deviation
1979 May Life In Tokyo
1980 January 4 QUIET LIFE
1980 February I Second That Emotion
1980 October Gentlemen Take Polaroids
1980 October GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS
1980 SPECIAL EDITION FIVE SONG EXTENDED PLAY (EP)
1980 LIVE IN JAPAN (EP)
1981 April The Art of Parties
1981 August Quiet Life
1981 September ASSEMBLAGE
1981 October Visions of China
1981 November TIN DRUM
1981 THE SINGLES (EP)
1982 January European Son
1982 May Cantonese Boy
1982 June I Second That Emotion (Remix)
1982 November Nightporter
1982 JAPAN
1983 February All Tomorrow's Parties
1983 May Visions of China (Live)
1983 June OIL ON CANVAS
1984 November EXORCISING GHOSTS
1989 December SOUVENIR FROM JAPAN
1991 October THE OTHER SIDE OF JAPAN
1993 PROPHETIQUE 1978-1980
1994 BEST SELECTION
1996 JAPAN IS THE MASTERPIECE, BUT NEW, TOO
2002 THE BEST OF JAPAN
2009 THE COLLECTION

SEE ALSO...
Gary Numan: Dance

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