The ‘imageshop’ page at stevejansen.com has been modified to reflect the sequence of photos contained in my photo book ‘Through A Quiet Window’. There are also new additional categories to view. More images are likely to be added in due course.
Richard Barbieri during Rock Show photo shoot – Kyoto, Japan circa 1980. Photo by Steve Jansen
I’ve never stated that JAPAN’s songs emerged from jams. The songs were almost entirely written by David, as in lyrics, vocals melodies and chord structures. The musical arrangements by the band then took those songs to another level, creating the band’s unique sound.
We’d set out on a UK tour and after a long drive took time for a walk down to the harbour. I can’t for the life of me understand now why we went together as it was a tour that very nearly didn’t happen due to internal wrangling.
David Sylvian double exposure, Japan circa 1980. Photo by Steve Jansen
Tour manager, Japan circa 1980. Photo by Steve Jansen
Mick Karn enjoying lunch onboard the Shinkansen, Japan circa 1980. Photo by Steve Jansen
Fuji-san as seen from the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo, Japan circa 1980. Photo by Steve Jansen
As far as I recall the only preparations were for Sandii and the Sunsetz to join us for the encore. The rest of the onstage shenanigans were not anticipated as it was a covert operation. It wasn’t a massive relief because we were performing well together and it was a fairly harmonious tour from the bands perspective. The audiences were incredibly responsive throughout and that was special, but we had played the material to death by that point and it felt like time to move on. There was a general sense of being done over by the business end as we weren’t personally making much money from the tour so all the hard work was lining the pockets of management, agencies, merchandising and record companies, but not the artists. Feeling let down by the industry did add to the sense of good riddance and I firmly lay the blame for that on management. From my perspective there wasn’t a significant sense of finality as I knew I would be playing and working with the same guys in many different forms for many more years and that it would be a much healthier way to develop artistically.
We’ve had equipment stolen on a couple of occasions.