Sunday, November 9, 2014

Japan - Adolescent Sex (1978)

Japan's first album combines the strut of glam and the nervous energy of post-punk, then runs it through a smooth sheen of new wave and funk. Apparently the band disowned this record, but I'm definitely not alone in thinking it's their best.

EDIT: Re-upping the link in 2020, I feel like I have to mention that I no longer think this is their best record. I still love it, but this versus Tin Drum? Gimme a break.

Track listing:
1. Transmission
2. The Unconventional
3. Wish You Were Black
4. Performance
5. Lovers on Main Street
6. Don't Rain on My Parade
7. Suburban Love
8. Adolescent Sex
9. Communist China
10. Television

Your mouth is open wide but your body's too soft


  1. Actually their second LP, "Obscure Alternatives" was first. But yeah, this one is best. BTW, love this blog. Thanks.

    Aesop Dekker

    1. Genuinely confused -- in what way was "Obscure Alternatives" first? It was definitely their second album, released later in the same year, but you clearly know that.. Also, glad you like my blog, as yours was literally the first music blog I ever went to, and still one of the best.

  2. I could be wrong, Both released in 78

    Aesop Dekker

  3. Love a bit of Japan. Oil On Canvas is my fave

  4. Tonight is definitely a Japan kind of night. You know what that means. Thanks for this.

  5. Link's dead, but this music is still very much alive (in case anyone's still interested in looking for it) and as good as the day it came out. I like snarly David Sylvian as well as smooth subdued Bryan Ferry-knock-off David Sylvian, no matter what he himself (Sylvian) might regret having released. Especially good when you're over-revving your mind at at 2 a.m.

  6. You da man! Thanks.