Music / Japan

Japan were a New Wave band from London formed by vocalist David Sylvian, bassist Mick Karn, Keyboardist Richard Barbieri, drummer Steve Jansen and guitarist Rob Dean (who left in 1981). There were active from 1974 to 1982 and reunited shortly in 1991 under the name Rain Tree Crow. They are considered an influential Synth-Pop band of The '80s and leader David Sylvian later became a distinctive Art Pop pioneer.

Not to be confused with Japan, the country.


  • Adolescent Sex (1978)
  • Obscure Alternatives (1978)
  • Quiet Life (1979)
  • Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980)
  • Tin Drum (1981)
  • Rain Tree Crow (as Rain Tree Crow) (1991)

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