Additional information about this, Japan vinyl art.
Japan – The Artists
Japan were an English new wave band formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (bass guitar). Initially a glam rock-inspired band, Japan developed their sound and androgynous look to incorporate electronic music and foreign influences, eventually becoming an influence on the UK’s early-1980s New Romantic scene.
Ghosts – The Song
‘Ghosts’ is a song by English band Japan. It was released in edited form in March 1982 as the third single from their 1981 album Tin Drum. It reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in April. Although it was their biggest hit, this was not enough to stop the band splitting a few months later. Writing credits for the song are attributed exclusively to David Sylvian, while instruments credits on the single sleeve are attributed to Sylvian, Richard Barbieri and Steve Jansen, therefore excluding fourth band member Mick Karn. Bereft of drums, the minimalist track would not be described as a “commercially viable” single in most circumstances. However, Japan’s popularity at the time, in addition to the early 1980s fashion for new wave music, allowed the single to become unexpectedly popular.
A Ghost – The Shape
This record has been modelled into the silhouette of a cloaked ghost with large outstretched hands. In folklore, a ghost (sometimes known as an apparition, phantom, poltergeist, spectre or spectre, spirit, spook, and wraith) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. In ghost-lore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike forms.
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