You’ve mentioned Johnny Thunders & The Blackhearts – ‘Chinese Rocks’ as being a favourite track at one time, and listening to it as well as Television tracks give the first two Japan LP’s a new perspective on how to hear them. ‘In Vogue’ stands out from the rest of ‘Quiet Life’, is a distillation of later Japan style and one you said, here, was your favourite Japan song. Was there anything musically or otherwise from your perspective that catalyzed the change from what was created before to ‘In Vogue’ ?

There were probably a variety of different musical influences from each musician’s perspective, and obviously I didn’t write the song therefore I’m not in a position to say what influenced the compositional content but for me personally the overriding association I have with that particular track is the album Manifesto by Roxy Music which was released in March 1979. Quiet Life was released in December 1979.  Manifesto was something of a musical backdrop throughout the writing/recording of Quiet Life.

Dear Steve, I spotted you playing drums on one of the songs of the album Magnetic by Gaudi. It’s quite an eclectic recording with a diverse group of musicians. I’m curious to find out how you became involved. Were outtakes of the Koi recordings used for this? If not, what material where you given to work with? I was surprised to see you paired up with noise mongers Merzbow and Bill Laswell, but you do hold your ground :). Your unique way of drumming really comes into its own on the atmospheric track! Any thoughts on the final result? Thanks for the amazing music and pictures all these years!!!

To be honest I’ve not heard it. The ‘artist’ known as ‘Gaudi’ has access to previous recordings for other artists on the same label (in this case the ‘Koi’ project that I worked on) then he re-uses the musician’s sounds and performances. To be honest I think it’s very questionable and the fact that I (and possibly other artists on the recording) have not approved it nor been asked if our names be credited before its release is wholly inappropriate.