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Steve Jansen: Quiet Life Through Quiet Windows

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*this blog includes an affiliate link BEYOND JAPAN When a band splits, it’s a little easier to see what one member brings to the table unless, that is, the band is JAPAN; a bunch of musicians as multi-faceted as their very existence. Drummer Steve Jansen’s history and output is no less complex. Indeed he is much much more than just a master of the kit and is also a competent producer, mixer, engineer, poet and photographer. I’ve avoided a Jansen blog for some time because when you think of his discography…read more

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Perry Blake: Lonesome Traveller

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THE SALMON OF MY PERRY KNOWLEDGE *This blog contains affiliate links. ‘You must be a big fan of Perry Blake’ says the French store assistant in English on my asking about something Japan related. ‘Umm yeah’ I say having only heard of him because Steve Jansen played on (at that time) Perry’s latest recording Still Life. Though I’m also aware of his first album which had some media coverage in the UK music press and several promo singles (Genevieve and The Hunchback of San Francisco) had found their way into various record…read more

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John Foxx: In The Quiet Space

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A NEW KIND OF MAN *this blog contains an affiliate link My personal history of English (mostly electronic) musician John Foxx stems back to my trusty Rock Encyclopedia in my youth. I was intrigued by a band called Japan. A picture shot with a pink filter was accompanied by text which suggested they were on the verge of disintegration despite their long overdue success – in the UK that is. On the opposite page was a black and white picture of the man himself, who was of interest as he had left…read more

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