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.
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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