History Music / Japan

24th Dec '16 8:58:52 AM onionmaster
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** Some people accuse David Sylvian to be an expy of Music/DavidBowie.

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** Some people accuse David Sylvian to be an expy of Music/BryanFery and also Music/DavidBowie.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They never really get higher than a 3. But it's not like they wanted.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They never really get higher than a 3. But it's not like they wanted. In the band's early days they had a few guitar riff driven songs such as "Lovers On Main Street" and their version of "Don't Rain On My Parade".



* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: David Sylvian. He didn't wear them during their GlamRock years.

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* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: David Sylvian. He didn't wear Sylvian in the Tin Drum era. However, he intentionally wore unfashionable frames as a fashion statement. Whilst they otherwise aren't part of his public image, he can be seen wearing more modern glasses in some pictures later on.
** Though not back in the Japan days, Richard Barbieri is always seen with
them during their GlamRock years.in the modern day and is widely regarded as having been the smart man of the group.
9th Nov '16 7:53:11 AM dlchen145
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* {{Main/Badass}}: Bassist Mick Karn. Also quite TheDandy.
9th Jun '16 11:35:20 PM gewunomox
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Not to be confused with {{Main/Japan}}, [[CaptainObvious the country]].

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Not to be confused with {{Main/Japan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, [[CaptainObvious the country]].
5th May '16 4:05:51 PM nombretomado
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** Some people accuse David Sylvian to be an expy of DavidBowie.

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** Some people accuse David Sylvian to be an expy of DavidBowie.Music/DavidBowie.
17th Jan '15 4:11:18 AM tenryufan
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* FaceOfTheBand: David Sylvian. He is depicted on their album front covers and gets most screen time in music videos.



* HeyItsThatGuy: Japanese synth pop pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto from Music/YellowMagicOrchestra collaborated with the band on ''Gentlemen Take Polaroids''.
6th Oct '14 1:22:42 PM m8e
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Japan were a NewWave band from London formed by vocalist David Sylvian, bassist Mick Karn, Keyboardist [[Music/PorcupineTree Richard Barbieri]] and drummer Steve Jansen. There were active from 1974 to 1982 and reunited shortly in 1991. They are considered an influential SynthPop band of TheEighties and leader David Sylvian [[BreakupBreakout later became]] a distinctive Art Pop pioneer.

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Japan were a NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] band from London formed by vocalist David Sylvian, bassist Mick Karn, Keyboardist [[Music/PorcupineTree Richard Barbieri]] and drummer Steve Jansen. There were active from 1974 to 1982 and reunited shortly in 1991. They are considered an influential SynthPop band of TheEighties and leader David Sylvian [[BreakupBreakout later became]] a distinctive Art Pop pioneer.
10th May '14 2:49:44 PM progkinghughes
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Japan were a NewWave band from London formed by vocalist David Sylvian, bassist Mick Karn, Keyboard Richard Barbieri and drummer Steve Jansen. There were active from 1974 to 1982 and reunited shortly in 1991. They are considered an influential SynthPop band of TheEighties and leader David Sylvian [[BreakupBreakout later became]] a distinctive Art Pop pioneer.

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Japan were a NewWave band from London formed by vocalist David Sylvian, bassist Mick Karn, Keyboard Keyboardist [[Music/PorcupineTree Richard Barbieri Barbieri]] and drummer Steve Jansen. There were active from 1974 to 1982 and reunited shortly in 1991. They are considered an influential SynthPop band of TheEighties and leader David Sylvian [[BreakupBreakout later became]] a distinctive Art Pop pioneer.
21st Apr '14 4:36:51 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They never really get higher than a 3. But it's not like they wanted.


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* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Mostly averted.
21st Apr '14 4:32:45 AM ParanoiaAgent
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** Most obviously frontman David Sylvian, who even was described as [[AngelicBeauty "the most beautiful man in pop"]].

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** Most obviously frontman David Sylvian, who even [[UpToEleven even]] was described as [[AngelicBeauty "the most beautiful man in pop"]].


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* Main/{{Camp}}: They weren't called {{New Romantic}}s for no reason.
* DeadpanSnarker: David Sylvian has his moments.
-->'''Reporter:''' If gentlemen used to take Polaroids, do they take Hipstamatic pics on their iPhones now?
-->'''Sylvian:''' No, I think they take Viagra now.


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* DutchAngle: The music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flHWJoDt3Yo Swing]].
21st Apr '14 4:22:52 AM ParanoiaAgent
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* FaceOfTheBand: David Sylvian.

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** Some people accuse David Sylvian to be an expy of DavidBowie.
* FaceOfTheBand: David Sylvian. He is depicted on their album front covers and gets most screen time in music videos.



* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted, as Mick Karn is considered as one of the best rock bassists of all time.

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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted, as Mick Karn is considered as one of the best rock bassists of all time.time.
* RedChina: Played straight on their album ''Tin Drum''. [[http://i.imgur.com/So4RJAd.jpg The cover]] shows David Sylvian sitting below a Mao poster, eating rice.
** The [[http://i.imgur.com/yDOWe1L.jpg back cover]] shows all four members sitting below a Mao Poster in a sparse white room.
** This is [[RuleOfCool likely done]] to [[FauxSymbolism increase the eastern Asian impression]] of the album's music.



* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: David Sylvian.

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* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: David Sylvian. He didn't wear them during their GlamRock years.



* TropeCodifier: NewRomantic, which is a lush version of SynthPop.

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* TropeCodifier: NewRomantic, which is a lush version of SynthPop.SynthPop.
* WordSaladLyrics: David Sylvian is prone of that.
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