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Japan: Video Profile and Interview
  11-Sep-06
   18 Comments...  original feature
Lunatique    Said...

Japan's greatest influence was actually Yellow Magic Orchestra, the techno-pop band Sakamoto Ryuichi was a member of. Japan's use of synths was the result of their fondnes for YMO. (You absolutely need to do a feature on Yellow Magic Orchestra--they were Japan's answer to Kraftwerk, and is one of the most influential pioneers of electronic music.) David Sylvian continues to collaborate with Sakamoto to this day--they are very good friends.

Japan should've made it big, but their art-pop bent prevented them from superstardom. Another band, who ripped off Japan and dumbed the whole sensibility down a notch to be more mainstream, became superstars. Who am I talking about?

Duran Duran.

I'm not joking, this is well-documented. Duran Duran ripped off the look, the sound, the arrangements, and even some melodies. The difference was, Duran Duran took that formula and went full-out pop, leaving out the artsy bent--and it worked. This isn't a knock on Duran Duran--I think they were great songwriters that had a sharp instinct for catchy pop tunes.

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26-Sep-06 02:55 PM


Nick    Said...

We just noticed that some of these vids are not allowed to stream outside of Youtube (due to the original posters preferences)

If you want to get access to the full playlist, here it is:

Here

26-Sep-06 03:09 PM


Dave    Said...

Re: "some of these vids are not allowed to stream outside of Youtube (due to the original posters preferences)"

I was the uploader for the 5 min documentary, I just updated the settings so the video will work properly within this feature.

Thank you to SonicState for the awesome writeup/feature on this band! Its great to see something new about Japan.

20-Nov-06 11:47 PM


Paul    Said...

Thankyou for the marvellous Japan profile and for including a link to my site. I will do the same in return. Looking forward to checking out the other artist profiles.

10-Dec-06 04:53 AM


Andy    Said...

Bollocks Japan were just the poor mans Bryan Ferry & Roxy

24-Dec-06 01:07 PM


Nick    Said...

David Sylvian got more talent in his little finger than that prancing poseur Ferry will ever have!

19-Mar-07 04:00 PM


Rikki X    Said...

Japan has influenced (most notably) the Finnish Rock band hanoi Rocks with the Glam Look and sound...check em out!!!!

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Japan has influenced Hanoi Rocks alot!!! I love the first 2 LP's

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