Tag Archives: Rob Dean

When The Universe Is Demanding You Listen To A Record: Illustrated Man EP/CD

THE BACKGROUND It was some time earlier this year when there was a discussion on the Trouser Press Forum that I frequent regarding Rob Dean, the original guitarist for JAPAN. Talk turned to Illustrated Man; the New Wave “supergroup” that … Continue reading

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Book Review: JAPAN – A Foreign Place [The Biography 1974-1984] [part 1]

I finally bought copies of this book from the UK last summer for gift giving purposes. I knew several friends who should have copies of this in their library and I piggybacked my purchase with one of the others to … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Japan [part 2]

Japan – Obscure Alternatives | 1978 – 2 Japan was moving fast from their initial outburst on the scene. The opener, “Automatic Gun” features Stones-like guitar raunch, quickly joined by wailing synth, electric piano, and the dawnings of fretless bass … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Japan [part 1]

I have just recently realized that while I natter on about Simple Minds on a regular basis [to put it mildly], of all of the core collection groups that I could not live on the proverbial desert island without, I’ve … Continue reading

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