This week, I have mostly been listening to (early) Japan. At school I always used to have to hide the fact that I liked Japan from my mates… they were mostly rockers (as was I, though I had more interesting musical tastes… I think) and pretty short-sighted musically. Owning up to listening to Japan was frowned upon.
The first two albums… both brilliant, never really troubled the charts which is something of a shame as they contain some cracking songs.
In those early days, Japan owed a lot to bands like The New York Dolls and it really shows in that last video.
Quiet Life was the album that really broke Japan through in the UK and a single that was released around that time (but not on the album) Life In Tokyo was – I think – the only song with any reference to Japan in their catalogue…