60 Tin Drum by Japan 1981
I was blissfully unaware of their dodgy New York Dolls lite past, all I knew was the achingly cool imagery that Smash Hits hoovered up. I'm still not sure there has been a more left of centre hit than this
Many an oxfam was raided to try and find shirts with small collars , etc. I loved the whole look so much so that the lp cover stayed on my wall in my room at poly 9 years after it had first been released and long after a time when far eastern imagery was being used by every graphic designer going.
The lp really didn't sound like anything else around at the time and was about as far from the flat fens as you could get. There was a bit of Bowie , a bit of Roxy but by adding in some eastern influence they had moved well away from the sound of the previous lp Gentlemen Take Polaroids that was by and large an homage to these 2 acts.
At the other extreme to Ghosts was the dance song that you couldn't dance to
The other worldliness of Sylvian's Ferry, Bowie croon married to Richard Barbieri's other wordly keyboards, driven along by Karn and Jansen's rhythm section. It was weird enough to feel special but catchy enough to hang onto.... and more importantly for Spaldingvyou felt the 4 of them wouldn't be seen dead on either a motorbike or a scooter.
For me the track that sums up Tin Drum ended up causing my record to wear out is this one. Again who knows what it is all about , a load of nonsense probably but for once that is not the point
Sons of Pioneers - Japan
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