Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Another light out…
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.