Thursday, 6 January 2011

Mick Karn 1958 - 2011

Mick Karn died on Tuesday 4th from
cancer. Known as the bass player in
Japan, he was also involved in countless
other musical projects.

I started this post because there seemed
to be very little news on his death.

I was not quite sure about doing this as
he had never really been that high on my
music radar.

When Strummer died, that was bad. I had
seen the Clash, played the music all the time
and was lucky enough to have talked to Joe
a couple of times.

Beefhearts recordings had seeped into a lot
of other music that I listened to.


I have always known people who played his
music - Japan has always been there in the
background - checking my iPod, I have 5
albums on it!

So, here is my most played album - the 1st one:
"Adolescent Sex".

While not yet featuring the slinky, fretless
bass work that Karn was known for, this is a
mixture of cold art rock with influences from
Roxy Music, sharp suits, Be Bop Deluxe and white
soul - think Bowie "Young Americans" era.

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