Hi Steve. Hope you are well. A few things… Do you tire of people asking you questions about Japan? (Apologies for asking this, because there’s one or two coming up…) And, as someone who schlepped up to every early gig that I could, the first couple of albums had a profound effect on me musically and I continue to listen to them regularly. When was the last time you listened to AS and OA? Also, while I’m aware there’s some dislike of these albums in band circles, do you not carry a small debt of gratitude to them? That without AS and OA, there wouldn’t have been the rest of the catalogue? Cheers Paul

Gratitude in the sense that the studio recording learning curve began with them, you have to start somewhere … but musically they were somewhat premature in our lives as musicians and many of the tracks lack focus, taking a stab at various different musical influences with no real follow through. There are a few tracks which shine through as an indication of where we were heading but the majority are more a case of wanting to sound like a band that can play their instruments rather than creating something with any depth, which was down to our age and wanting to prove ourselves, as well as inexperience, (although I can understand why some people would enjoy them for that very reason, but it’s subjective). I also feel that the production was wrong, should have been more edgy, because our influences at the time were more in line with American punk, and at that age had we teamed up with the right kind of producer steering the recordings with a bit more imagination then perhaps something better might have emerged. I’ve not listened to them for many, many years but it’s not something you forget.

London 1978 (photo by Günther Rakete)

JAPAN 1978-photo by Gunther Rakete


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