Nightporter – Japan (1982)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Nightporter by Japan. The record was released in 1982, on the Virgin record label and has been reworked into the profile of the character, Lucia Atherton wearing her a SS Officers hat, from the 1974 Italian erotic psychological drama film ‘Nightporter’ .

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of the band, Japan, the film Nightporter, Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Nightporter
Media Artist/s: Japan
Record Label: Virgin
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Pop / New Wave

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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.

Nightporter – The Song

NightPorter is a song by English new wave band, Japan. Written by David Sylvian and produced by John Punter and remixed by Steve Nye. It was taken from the fouth studio album, ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids. The song was inspired by the controversal 1974 Italian erotic psychological drama film ‘Nightporter’ starring Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling. The music was influenced by the works of French composer Erik Satie, most particularly his Gymnopedies.

Lucia Atherton – The Shape

This record has been modelled into the profile of Lucia Atherton from the film ‘Nightporter. She is played by Charlotte Rampling, the Holocaust survivor, who has a sadomasochistic relationship with Max Theo Aldorfer (Dirk Bogarde), a former Nazi (SS) officer who is her tormentor and protector. Look closely and you can see a quarter of a swastika symbol in the background. The swastika symbol is an ancient religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia. It is used as a symbol of divinity and spirituality in Indian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In the Western world, it was a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck until the 1930s when the right-facing tilted form became a feature of Nazi symbolism as an emblem of the Aryan race. As a result of World War II and the Holocaust, many people in the West still strongly associate it with Nazism and antisemitism.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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