Japan (band)

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Japan were an English new wave band formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums) and Mick Karn (bass guitar), joined by Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Rob Dean (lead guitar) the following year. Initially a glam rock-inspired band, Japan developed their sound and androgynous look to incorporate electronic music and foreign influences.

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Japan in summer 1981: Sylvian, Jansen, Karn, Barbieri
Japan in summer 1981: Sylvian, Jansen, Karn, Barbieri
Background information
Also known asRain Tree Crow (1989–1991)
OriginCatford, South London, England
Years active1974–1982, 1989–1991
Past membersDavid Sylvian
Mick Karn
Steve Jansen
Richard Barbieri
Rob Dean

Japan achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, releasing nine UK top 40 hits, including the 1982 top 5 hit single "Ghosts", and scoring a UK top 5 with the live album Oil on Canvas (1983). Six of the band's albums have achieved Gold status in the UK. The band split in December 1982, just as they were beginning to experience commercial success in the UK and abroad. Its members went on to pursue other musical projects, though they reformed briefly in the early 1990s under the name Rain Tree Crow, releasing an album in 1991.