Japan

Formed 1974. Disbanded 16 December 1982.
Japan

Biography

Japan was an English new wave music group formed in 1974 in Catford, South London. The band achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when they were often associated with the burgeoning New Romantic stylistic movement, though the band themselves denied any such connection.

Japan achieved nine UK Top 40 hits in the early 1980s, most notably "Ghosts" and their cover version of "I Second That Emotion", which were top ten hits in 1982. Their last performance was on 16 December 1982. The band suffered from personal and creative clashes and decided to split during a period when they were beginning to experience significant commercial success both in their native UK and internationally.

Japan have been cited as an important influence on 1980s synthpop bands such as Duran Duran and Camouflage.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Tin Drum

    Tin Drum 1981

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Tin Drum has no flashy waste or needless bombast, just evocative skill that remains...
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