Japan (UK new wave band)
Japan were an English music group formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (bass guitar). Initially a glam-inspired group, Japan would develop their sound and style to incorporate electronic music, foreign influences, and an androgynous image, eventually becoming an influence on the UK's early-1980s New Romantic scene.
Japan achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, releasing nine UK Top 40 hits in the early 1980s including notably the 1982 Top 10 hit "Ghosts" and scoring a UK Top 5 with the album Oil on Canvas (1983). The band split in 1982, just as they were beginning to experience significant commercial success in the UK and abroad. Its members went on to pursue other musical projects, though they reformed briefly in the early 1990s under the name Rain Tree Crow, releasing an album in 1991.