steve, can you think of another band before or since japan that put the bass guitar to the fore of tracks as mick so cleverly did, instead of just sitting at the back of a song

i don’t think i can- as a band we welcomed expressive playing as we came from a background where the instrumentation was as important as the song that it supported and went to great lengths to construct music with that in mind, and mick had more to say on that instrument than most bass players do


genuine Polaroids that I took for insurance purposes after damaging my left hand during the Sylvian world tour of ’88 causing some shows to be cancelled. To those who had tickets I can but apologise and attempt to draw sympathy by revealing the extent of damage. In consolation though, we now have an aesthetically interesting and somewhat gruesome pair of Polaroids hanging here on a virtual gallery wall, so it wasn’t all negative.