A Pop Life
by A Pop Life (Erwin Barendregt)
With the release of Quiet Life Japan went into new musical territory. The story behind the pivot point in the career of the vastly underrated band.
Tags: David Sylvian, Japan, Mick Karn
After the demise of Japan, former bandleader David Sylvian went to work on his debut album. He would unleash his masterpiece Brilliant Trees in June 1984.
Tags: David Sylvian, June 1984
5 years ago 1984 was proclaimed to be the best year for pop music. Indeed, the year did spawn many great albums. But was it all really that special?
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, David Sylvian, Gun Club, Nick Cave, Prince, Waterboys
The second Japan album signals a change in course. The band itself doesn’t like looking back on it, but the album holds up surprisingly well.
Japan – Oil On Canvas: 35 years later still a monumental goodbye to one of the greatest bands of the early 1980’s. A review of one of my all time favorite albums.
In 1983 the music lessons were altered: pop-music was treated seriously and we were allowed to bring our own music to school!
Tags: David Sylvian, Japan, Joy Division, Peter Gabriel, Ryuichi Sakamoto
The best debut albums of all times. Making your debut with a world renowned album is rare. But is it a curse or a blessing?
Tags: Arcade Fire, David Sylvian, Dead Kennedys, Doors, Lauryn Hill, N.W.A., Sex Pistols, Stooges, Sugar, Van Halen
Japan’s Tin Drum: 35 years old! An utterly unique masterpiece by the former glamrock band Japan. A tribute to the best music can produce.
The medium 12-inch or maxi-single became hugely popular during the 1980’s. It created some beautiful music. A (small) inventory.
Tags: Cult, David Sylvian, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Japan, Joy Division, New Order, Prince, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Simple Minds, Time Zone, U2
Concert, Top 50
Coming after the album top 50, I present the 50 best concerts I witnessed before my 50th birthday!
Tags: Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Concert, Cure, D'Angelo, David Sylvian, Eels, Family Stand, George Clinton, Iggy Pop, Kraftwerk, Lauryn Hill, LCD Soundsystem, Lenny Kravitz, Morrissey, Nick Cave, Outkast, Paul McCartney, Prince, Public Enemy, Radiohead, Ramones, Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Sezen Aksu, Smashing Pumpkins, Specials, Sufjan St, Top 50, U2, Underworld, Waterboys, Wendy & Lisa
Album yearlist 1984
Tags: David Sylvian, Nick Cave, Prince, Smiths, Waterboys
4/5: A fairly pop oriented concert. Luckily David had brought along brother Steve Jansen; an inspiring sight to behold. A special concert by a very special man.
Tags: David Sylvian
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