Friday, January 07, 2011

Quiet life

I have posted the passing of Gerry Rafferty earlier this week - I did not know that we lost another one of my pop/rock heroes the same day, until Richard Gonzalez left a comment on the Baker Street post. Mick Karn, best known as bass player for Japan, one of my all-time favourite bands, died from cancer at the age of 52 (that's younger than I am, damn it). In his honour, one of many personal favourites from Japan, the title song from their 1979 album Quiet life. This album marked their welcome transition from glam rock to high-class synthesizer driven new wave, although their sound is still far from the sophisticated art rock they produced in their next (and last) two albums. The title track is a great pop song, showing off Mick Karn's exquisite fretless-bass work and David Sylvian's smooth yet penetrating vocals. It was a minor hit in the UK, just reaching the top 20.
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)