Former Japan bassist Mick Karn dies aged 52

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  1. macrumors G3

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    Truly sad, and truly one of the world's great bass players. :(
     
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    That sucks. Mick Karn was amazing. He also played on a Gary Numan record as well. I believe it was Dance. Also with Peter Murphy in Dali's Car.
     
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    Silencio

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    Glad somebody posted about this. He was an amazing talent for sure, though frequently overshadowed by former bandmate David Sylvian.

    He also played bass on a Kate Bush album and put out quite a few solo records. The Dalis Car record was a fascinating fiasco but Karn and Murphy were in discussions to produce a sequel this year. Unfortunately they were trying to put it together after Karn received his cancer diagnosis.

    It's a shame he and Sylvian fell out and could never really work out their personal differences. The Japan "reunion" (Rain Tree Crow) in the early 90s produced some underrated material and I would have loved to hear more of it.

    I was a huge Japan fan in high school, though that was in the mid-to-late 80s so I never did see the full band perform live. At least there's a lot of YouTube clips out there.

    RIP Mick
     
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    Sad news, :(
    He was a talented and very original bass player.
    The "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" album is probably his (and japan's) best work in my non expert opinion, that and the "After a fashion track" he did with Midge Ure, got that on 12" somewhere
     
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    leekohler

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    Tin Drum will always be my favorite, along with Rain Tree Crow.
     
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    Silencio

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    I'm going to have to go with Tin Drum, as well.

    Remember Mick Karn's solo single "Buoy" with David Sylvian on vocals? That was a good jam.
     
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    leekohler

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    No! I'll look that up.
     
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    Silencio

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    I think all the tracks on the 12" I bought are also found on Karn's "Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters" album. I'll have to dig my CDs out of deep storage and double check.
     

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