I am curious how the band first came into contact with Ryuichi Sakamoto? What was it like working with him on “Gentleman Take Polaroids,” “Brilliant Trees,” and “Secret’s of the Beehive”? I’m also curious if you could shed some light on how Mick and Rob came into contact with Gary Numan? Thanks for all of the wonderful pictures. – MH

First meeting with Ryuichi was on our second visit to Japan in 1980. He came backstage at The Budokan venue, Tokyo, (a photo of that encounter appears in my photo book) and an interview was arranged for a publication that he contributed to as an interviewer (this may have occurred in the reverse order… but either way). He was later invited to record on GTP when in the UK. He constructed the basic track purely on a Prophet-5 synth which was quite a masterclass in synth programming and sounded reminiscent of his inspiring solo album B2-Unit. I’ve worked with Ryuichi on quite a number of recordings over the years since then, as well as for live and tv performances and he is always a great pleasure to work with and the consummate professional.

The Gary Numan connection is rather vague. I think I sold his drummer my old kit.

Ryuichi ‘Polaroiding’ on day of Old Grey Whistle Test shoot with JAPAN in London.

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  1. Hi Steve , with all the interest in your music and photos from social media and life long and new fans .Will you be publishing another book of your photos? and maybe a few pages of Richards also haha ..seriously though ..you both have taken some wonderful photos over the years .Many thanks Mark

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