Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Another light out…

Mick Karn 1958-2011

Lately I feel like I’m only posting with bad news. This time we’ve lost Mick Karn, slink-sexy bassist for New Romantic gods, Japan. Never well known in the States, these guys were a big splash in Europe, etc, bringing the glitter noise in the late 70s and early 80s that paved the way for like glam-minded (and States-friendly) acts such as ABC, Human League and Duran Duran. Karn’s funky, melodic playing was a huge part of Japan’s tight and sophisticated sound, providing a sense of cohesion amongst the more atmospheric posturing from the rest of the group.

Everyone dust off your copies of Adolescent Sex or Tin Drum and give them a spin.

Check out Visions of China.

Or for some more Mick Karn action, check out his short-lived project with Peter Murphy, Dali’s Car.

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