Big Fan: David Sylvian
David Sylvian along with his brother Steven Jansen and 2 other school chums, Mick Karn & Richard Barbieri formed the glammy rock outfit – Japan in the early 70’s. Signing to a major lable and releasing their first LP ‘Adolescent Sex’ in 1978, Japan was completely out of step with the times. Punk was exploding all over Britain and these guys were not punks – far from it. It wasn’t ’til the early eighties that they hit their stride with a mix of Roxy Music, a little David Bowie, a touch of Eno and their own synth touches to create a couple of LPs that would crack the British top 40. Never a huge draw – though they were superstars in Japan – they disbanded around 1982. David Sylvian would go on to have a successful, though eclectic career, working with Riuchi Sakamoto (Yellow Magic Orchestra), scoring a hit with ‘Forbidden Colors’ – the title song to the David Bowie film ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawerence’. He has sense worked with, among others Holger Czukay (Can) Bill Nelson (Be-Bop Deluxe) Marc Ribot and Robert Fripp (King Crimson). In 1990 he reunited with the band members of Japan under the name ‘Rain Tree Crow’ to release a well received one-off LP. He has gone on to release a number of albums on his own lable Samadhi Sound, a mostly improv free form mixture of jazz, ethnic sounds and electronic. He’s currently working on a collaboration w/ Joan as Police Woman and still has a nice head of hair.