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.
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.
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
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.
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..
i miss you Mick.
yesterday was goodday?
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 ❤
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
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!
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
Lots of pictures of of young Mick can be seen in the new book "Adolescent Alternatives - Road-Trips With Japan 1978-1980" by Stephen Holden with Anthony Reynolds and a foreword by Japan-colleague Robert Dean.
Will always remember you !❣
Had the pleasure of meeting you at an exhibition of yours in London. I was in my early 20s then and you made such an impression on me, a true gentleman that I will never forget ❤
Hey Mick, you inspire me. You are the most amazing, original bass player. The way you play changed the way I view the bass. I’ve read your book and its fascinating. You are greatly missed.