“Adolescent Sex” by Japan - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1978Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

The debut album from this young guitar-funk 5-piece arrived in April '78, the South Londoners lining-up: David Sylvian (20, vocals, rhythm guitar), Rob Dean (22, lead guitar, backing vocals), Richard Barbieri (20, keyboards, backing vocals), Mick Karn (19, bass, backing vocals) and Steve Jansen (18, drums, percussion, backing vocals). They're signed to the German disco label, Ariola Hansa, which almost lowers expectation before a note is heard; sure enough it's a poor derivative of the “Young Americans” / “Station To Station” long players of '75 and '76. Three singles were lifted from the album (“Don't Rain On My Parade”, “Adolescent Sex” and “The Unconventional”) but failed to leave a mark in home territories, as did the album itself. They weren't entirely without a loving fanbase - though they'd have to 6,000 miles to receive it in person from the Japanese! Sylvian would later reflect: “I regret the first album, 'Adolescent Sex', in the sense that we were too young, too naive to make it. The people around us should have realised that and not had it released. The second album is okay as a first album.” That David Bowie feller's got a lot to answer for.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [04:46] 3.9.png Japan - Transmission (David Sylvian) New Wave
A2 [03:02] 3.3.png Japan - The Unconventional (David Sylvian) Disco / Funk
A3 [04:49] 3.7.png Japan - Wish You Were Black (David Sylvian) New Wave
A4 [04:36] 2.7.png Japan - Performance (David Sylvian) Pop
A5 [04:09] 2.5.png Japan - Lovers On Main Street (David Sylvian) Pop
A6 [02:54] 5.3.png Japan - Don’t Rain On My Parade (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill) New Wave
B1 [07:27] 3.9.png Japan - Suburban Love (David Sylvian) Cerebral Pop
B2 [03:46] 4.2.png Japan - Adolescent Sex (David Sylvian) New Wave
B3 [02:44] 5.0.png Japan - Communist China (David Sylvian) New Wave
B4 [09:15] 3.0.png Japan - Television (David Sylvian) Cerebral Pop

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