Asia is a Progressive Rock band formed as a supergroup in 1982 by King Crimson member John Wetton, Emerson, Lake & Palmer member Carl Palmer, Yes member Steve Howe, and The Buggles member Geoff Downes — the last of whom was responsible of keeping the band name afloat during the various lineup changes, including the switch between John Wetton and John Payne as lead vocalists. At present, both lineups continue to tour under the same band name, with John Payne's own lineup (with a new keyboardist) referring to themselves as "Asia featuring John Payne".
John Wetton lineup
- Asia — 1982, noted for "Heat Of The Moment", "Only Time Will Tell", "Sole Survivor", "Wildest Dreams", and "Here Comes The Feeling"
- Alpha — 1983, noted for "Don't Cry" and "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes"
- Astra — 1985
- Then & Now — 1990 (half compilation album, half studio album)
- Phoenix — 2008
- Omega — 2010
- XXX — 2012
- Gravitas — 2014
John Payne lineup
- Aqua — 1992
- Aria — 1994
- Arena — 1996
- Archiva Vol. 1 — 1996
- Archiva Vol. 2 — 1996
- Rare — 1999
- Aura — 2001
- Silent Nation — 2004
Tropes associated with this band include:
- Album Title Drop: "Into the arena we climb, we look to the sky,..." from the title track of Arena. Also Silent Nation in the song of the same name.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming — Several of their album titles begin and end with the letter A — Asia, Alpha, Astra, Aqua, Aria, Arena, Archiva (Vol. 1 and 2), and Aura, plus their live album America and the compilation album Anthologia.
- Breakup Song — "Only Time Will Tell"
- Cover Album: Recollections, with the John Payne lineup covering various other prog rock bands' songs.
- Cover Version — 10cc's "Ready To Go Home" from Aura. Also GTR's "The Hunter" from Anthology.
- The John Wetton lineup reunion live album Fantasia had covers of songs from the various bands they were part of, including "Video Killed The Radio Star."
- Design Student's Orgasm — Their album covers designed by Roger Dean. The covers for Aqua, Arena, and Archiva were designed by Rodney Matthews.
- Dystopia — "Wildest Dreams" is about a nation slowly turning into a dystopia.
- Futuristic Pyramid — Incorporated into the background of the Astra album cover, and appearing in the video for the song "Go".
- Greatest Hits Album — Then & Now is partly this and partly a studio album. Anthology is a John Payne lineup compilation album that also includes covers of songs from the John Wetton lineup.
- I Am the Band — Geoff Downes and John Payne were essentially Asia during the 1990s, with Geoff being the only constant between the John Payne and John Wetton lineups.
- Lead Bassist: John Wetton and John Payne in their separate lineups.
- Non-Indicative Name — Asia is a rock band that started in Britain. However, one of their former band members, Aziz Ibrahim, is of Pakistani ancestry.
- Also Alpha is the band's second album, while Omega is hardly their final album.
- Not Christian Rock — Aura.
- One-Word Title — "Go" from Astra.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech — "U Bring Me Down" from Arena is this in song.
- Revolving Door Band — They even had musicians join and leave without ever recording.
- Sole Survivor — One of the songs from Asia.
- Title Track — Aqua, Aria, Arena, and Silent Nation.
- Wipe That Smile Off Your Face — The people on the cover of Silent Nation have no mouths.