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Emma Brining


Happy Birthday to Mick on what would have been his 58th birthday.

Last night, members of the Nightporter and Japan FB groups gathered at the Retro Club to hear an October Gallery / Penguin Cafe instrumental last heard 35 years ago kindly shared by Richard Barbieri with Paul Rymer in memory of Mick Karn.

Pascal Bougeard


Bonjour, à signaler un bel hommage de METRONOMY sur son dernier album avec le titre "Mick slow".
J'ai tout de suite été attiré par le velouté inimitable de la basse de Mick KARN.

Steve O'Sullivan


I went to see Japan three times and was wowed by their technical ability and beautiful songs. Mick's bass playing was truly unique - his style (I now realise) being influenced by his early childhood and his classical training.

I also went along to his sculpture exhibition at Hamilton's Gallery and was truly impressed by his work. It was a real pleasure for me to be a part of the Japan wave of popularity when I was a teenager and my favourite moment was the gig at The Lyceum in the Strand.


Elias Laurent


Remembering Mick this past week and his brilliant cover of David's Ashes to Ashes.
In my dream they are somewhere finally getting to play together.

How can Mick ever leave my memory, his bass lines come to me randomly bubbling up in my
brain, making me sing them, or his songs, and dance a little private shuffle when I need a little
personal moment of arty cheering up or celebrating.

What a profound artist. Love to all lovers of Mick, and his family and tribe.



Luca Pradelli


Era da molto tempo che non ti ascoltavo più ......................e questa sera sei arrivato all'improvviso.



Remembering Mick today and sending love to all family and friends, he will never be forgotten especially with the fantastic TMK keeping his memory alive!



Remembering Mick, and thinking of all his friends and family, always xxx



Miss you..



This year is Mick thanking you in advance, too!



My tribute to Mick

So many journeys,
from Cyprus to England
from Paris to London
from Dreams to Monsters
and finally,
from Japan to Death.
5 years later,
still in memories
alone we are
without you.
So much you played a part in Music and Art.
Many thanks again and again.
We miss you.
Rest in peace.



You are a musician, a artist.
You touched my soul Anthony Michaelides.



Having a strange affinity with mick in having the same birthday and battling cancer at the same time, I feel blessed and sad at listening to Japan's songs, in the knowledge that such a talented musician can never hear his own music or the voices of his family at such a special time of the year.
Rest in Peace.



...I thought if you today. I'm not sure why or what brought you to mind- but I'm glad you looked in on me. I miss you... we all miss you.

Jess Tucker


Japan were the best! Saw them 3 times live, unbelievably good! Mick was a standout, superb bass, gliding across the stage. They really were ahead of their time. I close my eyes and I am there again, looking up at Mick, I still do it now. Big loss to everyone attached to him. Shine on Mick. See you in heaven.



Miss you, you have a gift in music