Tokyo 1979 [no label, 1CD]
Live at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan; March 6, 1979. Very good FM broadcast.
Formed in 1974 in South London by brothers David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt) and Steve Jansen (born Stephen Batt), Richard Barbieri and Mick Karn, the band, which was initially nameless, opted to call itself Japan just before their first live gig in the mid-1970s. The name was intended by Sylvian to be temporary until they could think of something else, but ultimately became permanent. The following year they were joined by lead guitarist Rob Dean, and signed with German disco label Hansa-Ariola in 1977, becoming an alternative glam rock outfit in the mould of David Bowie, T Rex, and The New York Dolls although their initial material was guitar-based funk. Music fans generally tend to think of Japan as a new wave band. In 1978, they released a pair of LPs, Adolescent Sex and Obscure Alternatives, which received little notice at home or in the US but did find favor among Japanese audiences. – wikipedia
“A waif in Mao fatigues, a flourish of bottle-blond hair, face slapped with foundation” – perhaps it was that androgynous look that attacted the Japanese. But then, “he had a vocal phrasing which would have been familiar to anyone who had heard Bryan Ferry.”
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Thanks to fbauer (Tracks 01, 03, 05-10) and to bubcat (Tracks 02, 04, likely sourced from a vinyl rip) for sharing the show at Dime.
Track 01. Dont Rain On My Parade 3:05
Track 02. Obscure Alternatives 5:54
Track 03. Love Is Infectious 4:17
Track 04. Deviation 3:42
Track 05. European Son 5:08
Track 06. Suburban Love 6:17
Track 07. Ballad/Suburban Berlin 6:12
Track 08. Adolescent Sex 4:55
Track 09. The Unconventional 3:33
Track 10. Automatic Gun 4:46
David Sylvian – voc, guitar
Mick Karn – bass (died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 52)
Steve Jansen – drums
Richard Barbieri – keys
Rob Dean – guitar
Click here for the tracks.
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