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04/01/2020 thank you for the music


04/01/2020 ‘I think about you every day’ Love you Mick x

Winnie Bee

03/01/2020 Mick - As we approach the anniversary of your passing - you were a unique artist with a singular voice! THanks for your contributions!

Julian Sahu

16/12/2019 Never forgotten Mick - saw you several times and met you at the launch of your sculpture exhibition. Seems such a long time ago and yet seems like yesterday. x

isbujang Saimon

28/11/2019 R.I.P Mick Karn,I'm a big fan of Japan in the 80's still listening & enjoy the music so much...very sad you're gone to soon..


15/11/2019 Such a pity I came across his music only so late. An enormous talent and a great figure. Wish the best to his family

Andrew d Williams

30/10/2019 SO MUCH LOVE


27/10/2019 Forever in our minds and in our hearts.For the Poetry in a Bassline...Miss you.


21/10/2019 Last year I stumbled across a cheap penguin souvenir statue and it reminded me of Mick's Penguin Cafe and his death... it made me feel profound sadness. I'm 15 now and Mick's playing and Japan as a whole have played such a large role in the last few years of my life. I recognize something profound in their music, a sort of melancholy, like looking at the world from a distance. I think it's because of the sparse instrumentation in Japan's music, and of course the lyrics. I also love the picture where Mick points to the phrase "food for thought" on a cereal box with one finger and to his forehead with another. You know which one I mean :)

Guy Briguglio

18/10/2019 sad to discover by chance Micks passing.....what an amazing artist with a truly enduring and original pioneering sound.His "sound" lasts forever...and all us fans can take comfort that in this way he is immortal!!!


16/10/2019 Sadly missed after all these years. Japan shaped my youth, from the age of 12 in 1982, I was totally mesmerised by Mick’s phenomenal bass playing. My sisters boyfriend drove me from Yorkshire down to London when I was just 13 to see Japan play at Hammersmith Odeon. I was crazy about them. An experience that lives with me today. I was mesmerised by Mick’s playing and “floating” across the stage. Japan carried me through my moody, angst teenage years. Though I follow new bands, music fills my house constantly and I still listen to Japan and Mick’s music to this day.. .Thank you. ❤️

Riley Dinwiddie

06/10/2019 Mick, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I got interested in Japan in late 2016 because of a friend, and within a day of learning about the band, I was instantly drawn to you because of your musical and artistic talents, your fashion, and your personality. I've been profoundly influenced by you and your work, and as an autistic person, it became a special interest for me, that I furiously researched and consumed. Unfortunately that same year I entered an abusive relationship with a person who was able to control me by isolating me from my passions and making me feel guilt for my interests, and I locked away my feelings for the 2 years that ensued. Within the last couple of months, I finally obtained the means and the strength to leave this relationship, and I've been able to reclaim everything they took from me- most of all Japan, and you. I recently was finally able to buy your book, and have already laughed and cried so much. So much of your writing, especially your childhood, resonated deeply with me. I've dyed my hair like yours (one side red/pink, the other black), contemplated shaving my eyebrows (although I know this isn't a particularly smart idea), been collecting leopard prints to wear, and learning how to play bass. I know I've never met you, and will never know you personally, but I feel like you are watching over me in some way. I want you to know that you are still inspiring so many young people, such as myself and my friends, who gush over your talent daily. I get so excited sharing your performances and your work with everyone around me, because they mean so much to me. At the time of writing this, I have just turned 23, and it still shakes me that at this age, you were recording Tin Drum, and some of my favorite basslines ever. Listening to your music, especially your solo work, comforts me deeply, and I wish you could have been fairly compensated for all the hard work and innovation you did. You have done so much for me without even trying to. Thank you for inspiring a young weird kid like me, and helping me feel okay with being different, and being passionate about music and art. I hope to someday finally meet you and thank you for being such a positive force in my life. Team Mick Karn Forever, Riley/Ozzie <3

Daniel Brooksbank

26/09/2019 I grew up with Japan and *that* sound and Mick Karn is so much missed. It grieves me that such a talent had such a short life but also one must appreciate the joy that he brought to so many. A life well lived, I hope. It seemed so ephemeral at the time -- I was a student and had no concept of the the future life I would lead. But this has stood the test of time, but it's more than that: it's an attitude, a sense of... daring, of possibility, of individuality. Now I am a little bit older and can put all this is into context. This music is something I always go back to; I can't believe how enduring it is. My thoughts are with all of you. Daniel

Peter Anderson

09/09/2019 Awesome bass player!


31/08/2019 I was 1st introduced to Mick via Dalis Car's debut album..which I purchased based purely on the cover. I was mesmerized by Karn's playing and how wonderfully it blended with Peter Murphy's vocals. Through the years I encountered Karn's musical genius again again. I was lulled into a sense of wonderment as his fluid and silky bass lines morphed in and out of ambiguity on David Torn's "Lion of Boaz". His distinguishable yet never predictable playing with Japan, his work with Torn and Bozzio, the Jansen/Babieri collaborations, his eclectic solo work, all of it..amazing, sweet, organic, beautiful. He is a unique voice in music which continues to inspire me as a musician and as an artist.