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Sam Lewis Jones

12/04/2018 The world is lesser without you in it Mick. Having recently read his autobiography, I found out that we have both lived at Baker Street in London in one time or another. It made me feel privileged to know that I walked on the same ground as the legendary Mick Karn. From his book, I am aware that Mick doesn't buy into the whole mania of stardom, and tries his best to let people know that he is just a person like everybody else. This humbleness is exactly why I'd like to refer to him as a legend, it's that level-headed and down to earth nature. Mick is one of those people you don't need to meet to know he is special. His drive and unique playing style, and his smiling demeanor while on stage lets us know that he is a very rare type of person. He shines with a certain warmth while bringing us those crazy basslines. Mick Karn is proof that life is not 'fair' as he was taken from the world far too early. However, he is here. I am thinking of him pretty much daily as I listen to his music - I am sure others are too. That's 'here' in the sense he would like to be the most, through his music. His inspiration will live on in the music of others, and their music will lead people back to him, and people will have the pleasure of discovering him for 100's, if not 1000's of years to come. I hear the word 'a true original' in reference to him a lot, and I can't come up with a more fitting title. Thanks to you Mick, I now favor the fretless bass over the regular bass in my band, and I will be covering your song 'Back in the Beginning' with my band, and reminding people of you from years to come. Thank you for your playing, you have driven me onward many a time. Sam

A new fan

15/01/2018 Mick was a true creative and musical genius with a mesmerising style who I have only just discovered by coming across his former band Japan. One of the most talented bassists ever. Thank you for the cool music. Gone way too soon but never ever forgotten. RIP Mick Karn!

Safeena

04/01/2018 Mick- you are not forgotten. Your music lives on and so do our memories of seeing you perform. RIP x

shirleyann

04/01/2018 Mick's music has been a massive part of my life since the early 80's and still moves me after all these years. I'm so very sad he's no longer with us. Sending heartfelt condolences to his family, especially today. x

Leonne

04/01/2018 Never, ever forgotten <3

Saint

25/07/2017 Aaah Mick such wonderful memories, Still can't believe you're no longer around, Best wishes my friend

akiko315

24/07/2017 Happy birthday, Mick! Thank you for always nice music

JJ

24/07/2017 Happy Birthday Mick, will always remember your kindness in taking the time to talk to and encourage me and everyone who were fans of your work, before you moved onward and upward. @Cosmic 69 below, not surprised there were odd occurrences. Mick's work and influence is still resounding and permeating in different places in a thousand little, subtle ways. "The song filters down, down through the clouds It reaches the earth and winds all around And then it breaks up in millions of ways And in the streets it becomes the children singing..."

roel

23/07/2017 24 July is the Mick Karn birthday. Still listen with a lot of joy the beautifull recording that Mick made during his life. 'Sensitive', 'language of ritual', 'I never thougth', 'if you go away', 'ashes to ashes' and all those other wonderfull tracks are great to hear. in our hearts you are still with us.

Cosmic69

30/04/2017 Hi again I 've noticed that not many people post on here, so this is the best place for me to put these musings. I had "odd occurrences" happen during and after reading Mick's book. Please humour me, I have bad short-term memory after my own fight with the "Big C". If I don't get this lot written down now, I'll forget it. 1. I took myself off to Bury (Lancs), on a whim to try and find something in particular. The thing itself is immaterial, the "odd thing" that happened isn't. I don't know Bury very well, especially since they built the new centre. So I was in a bit of a spin trying to find where I was. Why was it that when I ramdomly turned my head to the right trying to find my way, I saw in white letters on blue, the name "Metis"? It was sort of on a large piece of board attached to a building site. Sure, this could have and probably was the name of a company, but if I hadn't looked that way I would never have seen it. 2. "Come Dine with me" is repeated ad nauseum on the TV. I usually end up watching the 5 episosde run on a Sunday after everyone's gone home after Sunday dinner. The "odd thing" that happened is, I was watching the end of one of the shows, and what did I hear? The opening bars of "Life in Tokyo"! 3. I was watching the TV one evening, and the "One Show" came on. I wasn't too keen on the guests they had lined up, so I switched over to Vintage TV for the half-hour before Coronation Street. The subject for the hour was something to do with the 80's. So I thought, "this will be OK for a few minutes". Blancmange was on, and then another one. My train of thought was then, "I bet I don't see any Japan on this programme". The next video was "I Second that Emotion" by, of course, Japan. I've only just discovered Mick. I started playing my cassette tape of "Exorcising Ghosts" a few months ago, and found I was more attracted to the bass part of the music, than Mr Sylvian. I did some digging on Google to find out more. Found Mick had died. So anyway, I'm just discovering his music on Youtube, aimimg to listen to a fresh track each day.

cosmic69

21/04/2017 I've just read Mick's book. I didn't want it to end. My reaction when I finished it was to hug the book for ages, hug the words. Had a bit of an odd moment, too. I had "Exorcising Ghosts" on the mp3 player. Somehow at the exact point where Mick is talking about "Life without Buildings" in the book, the track being played was the very one! I couldn't have organised that myself, and the book is not chronologically written. I had put the book away for the afternoon because I was waiting to be picked up by my boyfriend. Then he became late so I picked it up again, then it happened. People say that Mick was very bitter all the time about what happened in Japan, but interspersed with all that is him trying to see things from both sides, making excuses for everyone involved. I wish I had known him. Jools

QP

05/04/2017 God bless your family! Tahnk you for your music!!

Fernando Santos

04/03/2017 Mick estejas onde estiveres serás sempre o meu baixista favorito. Soube da tua partida em 2011 e só hoje descobri este teu portal. Segui desde muito novo os Japan e posteriormente toda a obra. Lamento nunca te ter visto ao vivo. Até sempre.

YukiO

18/02/2017 Dear Mick, How can I forget the day I lost you. It must have been so tough for your family to overcome the seventh year of your death. Forgive me to send my belated condolonces. RIP, Mick.

Andrea Pucci

05/01/2017 Sei sempre nella mia memoria, grande bassista! R.I.P.

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