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Moshe Levin

16/11/2020 Mick's bass playing and music is an escape for me from the toils of every day life. At day I am a finance guy but the electric guitar is my second profession and passion. Every time I get tired of listening to regular styles of music that I usually enjoy I draw back to Dali's Car, Japan, Gary Numan and other of Mick's immensely creative bass playing which is like nothing else. I have listened to great bass players like Jaco Pastorius, bass players from Spain who play Flamenco, Wilbur Bascomb, James Jameson, Pino Palladino and others. Mick's playing is different - it is elaborate, complex and beautifully melodic on one hand but on the other hand his playing comes from the "gutter" the underground so to speak. It is like nothing else - it is as if he owes nothing to no one but himself, his style is unique. I really wish he were still with us today - perhaps even living in Cyrpus which is not far from the country I live in. On Saturday I came across Mick's first solo album from 82 - damn what a great album. Mick you are a true inspiration, original and one of a kind.

David

06/11/2020 his bass and his music was a huge infuence one of the best bass gutarist of my generation and precussionist all you have to do i listern to canton and senstive my older aunties lived in london and sent me japan and bauhaus and told not to listern to chart shite what luck miss him amd his tunes love always

Beatrice D

03/11/2020 Mick's music was a true blessing from my late teens onwards. A major influence in my musical tastes and broadened my mind and horizon. The vibes released from his music had a mega healing factor through all of my struggles and hurt. Thank you for being in my lifetime! Rest in peace beautiful soul!

Paul Dekker

03/11/2020 Just discovered the video of Mick playing with Midge, Phil and Pete in Let my Live Open the Door. Mick steals the performance. Never saw Mick before. Unbelievable magic!

Craig Snyder

27/10/2020 Japan was the first band that I could call my own -i discovered the album obscure alternatives at a local record store in 1979 when I was 15 . When I realized that it was their second album I was so happy to discover that they had another album before it.the music on adolescent sex was a masterpiece Of funk rock glam fusion alternative all mixed together literally held together with micks ingenious and inventive bass playing . it was so eclectic compared to the dinosaur rock of the time period and I so loved the sounds on those first two albums . I loved all the old stuff That I found from going through my older brothers record collection like Zepplin Bowie and the Beatles etc but Japan was the first band that I discovered on my own and no one had even heard of them at the time. They looked so beautiful and sounded like nothing I had ever heard. Micks bass playing stood out above all the other musicians I felt as it was so inventive and melodic. No one used a fretless bass the way mick could .Not like any other contemporary bassist Of the time. And his look !! No eyebrows -he was so cool ! Much love and appreciation to mick and his family.

Andre Quekel

26/10/2020 I guess I bought the record Titles in the eighties and loved instantly. My younger brother was a devoted Japan fan and after he died the records became mine. Loved them too. I play guitar and bass since 35 years and I love all kinds of music. But mostly the kind of music that touches the heart. Mick Karn is an example of that. Bass playing with technique without searching and finding the feeling. That's the best music for me. So thank you Mick for your musical gifts to me. Andre

KK

02/10/2020 Mick Still I can’t believe you are not with us...I really want to see you again Your 10th anniversary is in next year ...I will ask as many people as possible to get messages how much we miss you ... I hope you will see it from where you are .... Miss you and miss your play .....miss your smiles

Princess

18/09/2020 I just turned some kid who had never heard of you onto your work. You blew his hair back. Making sure you're never forgotten, one kid at a time. I'm sorry we lost you so soon, but incredibly grateful you were here. Thanks for all the ear candy.

Colin Albright

15/09/2020 I'm always amazed that there has never been a TV documentary about Mick's life and times... He was an iconic Bass player..., forget all the rest..., they were just copying someone else.., he was a giant in a world of average uninspired bass players... His style was totally unique..., just brilliant... What a talent..., taken so early from us..

su

09/09/2020  i miss you Mick.

bull

25/07/2020 happy birthday yesterday was goodday?

ashleigh jones

24/07/2020 happy birthday Mick So missed .. i wonder where your music would have taken you in the strangest of years 2020 Love to friends and family enjoy the memories ❤

Hagalux

19/07/2020 Sometimes I think of you and it's like remembering an old friend who is gone. I had the honor of shaking that hand many years ago, I think it was 1986 in Turin. Mick exhibited his sculptures. I only remember that I told him that I really liked his sculptures and he candidly replied "Really?". For me he was an idol, only now I understand that he was a (somehow) normal person with a whole life behind him and one who was leading. Thank you for having worked so hard and for producing things that are still pleasant to hear or see today. I hope that wherever it is, it will be peaceful and that it will enjoy the fame and success that you would have had here ... Ciao Grande Mick Karn Bruno

Mayan

11/07/2020 Hello! At the beginning of this quarantine, I got hooked on new wave music and just went off on a tangent listening to it. Japan has GOT to be my absolute favorite of them all, and now, my favorite band of all time. Mick Karn my absolute favorite musician, and his style has been a great impact on how I go about playing the bass and writing music. I'm typing this message currently sitting in the garage after just de-fretting my bass, and putting Mick's signature on it as a token of my thanks to his presence in my life and in my music. I will always think of Mick, and his family, and I hope you all are staying safe and healthy! Prayers to all! -Mayan

Siobhan Lemaire

28/06/2020 I found a 'Titles' vinyl at my local charity shop when i was 16 in 2018, not knowing who Mick was, and i bought it and hung it up my wall, since i had just moved houses and thought the cover looked nice as decoration. One day i decided to look up who he was, and my mom told me all about when she was a big fan of Japan back in the day. Since then i started watching every video i could find, talking about fretless bass with my bass player dad, listening to his beautiful music, and thats what im doing to this day. Im 18 years old now, and i can already say he made a huge impact on my own musicianship, and as i continue to make music throughout my life, Mick will always be a part of the core of my passion for music and performance. Thank you dear Mick and family for keeping his legacy alive, Siobhan from the Netherlands

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