Steve Jansen has been very busy of late over the last 12 months with projects involving both music and photography. In 2015, the one-time drummer of JAPAN published ‘Through A Quiet Window’, a book of his photos taken between 1978-1991.
He kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about the genesis of his new album ‘Corridor’ and ‘Through A Quiet Window’ while also shedding light on the perception of JAPAN as a band at the height of their artistic success. Continue Reading ›
The world found itself in a rather antagonistic and divisive state this year, as if none of the lessons from the 20th Century’s noted conflicts and stand-offs had been learnt. After a slow start to 2017, there was a bumper crop of new music from a number of established artists.
Overall, it was artists of a more mature disposition who held their heads high and delivered, as some newer acts went out of their way to test the patience of audiences by drowning them in sleep while coming over like TRAVIS on VSTs.
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After JAPAN split at the end of 1982, drummer Steve Jansen and keyboardist Richard Barbieri partnered up for the JVC commissioned instrumental work ‘Worlds In A Small Room’ released in Spring 1985 to accompany a documentary on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
But for their song-based project, the pair named themselves THE DOLPHIN BROTHERS and issued a long player entitled ‘Catch The Fall’ in Autumn 1987 on Virgin Records. Continue Reading ›
Steve Jansen was just 18 years old when he recorded his first album as the drummer of JAPAN. Signing to Ariola Hansa, JAPAN eventually found their sound with the sophisticated art rock of their third album ‘Quiet Life’.
Jansen did not actually release his first solo album until ‘Slope’ in 2007. With his latest solo offering 'The Extinct Suite' recently released, he kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his varied career and vast catalogue of work. Continue Reading ›
Although their recorded output covered just over four years, JAPAN are one of the most acclaimed bands from the New Romantic era. One of the reasons JAPAN are perhaps still held in high regard is partly due to their artistic legacy not being exploited on the nostalgia circuit.
With so much material recorded, what tracks would act as a beginner’s guide to JAPAN and its many offshoots? The Electricity Club brings you its twenty choices, with a restriction of one track per album or EP, to tell a rather complex story. Continue Reading ›