Live 1974 - 1977
1st June 1974
- First Japan gig - Mick's
- Mick Karn: "June 1st was the 22nd anniversary of
Japan's first ever concert, which happened to be at my brother's
wedding. It must have sounded dreadful but, up to that point we had
been writing music based around songs that David had written. We were
only 14, and I was the vocalist but it was only moments before the
curtain went up that I froze and said, David, I can't do this - you
should do it as they're your songs and you know the vocals off by
heart. I was so nervous, I couldn't even remember half of the lyrics.
He reluctantly became the vocalist there and then." (from "Tooth or
dare" by Gibson Keddie, Bassist & Bass Techniques, Oct 96)
- Mick includes
more details about this first show in his book "Japan & Self
Existence", saying that they performed covers of songs by Bowie ('The
Jean Genie'), The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed, as well as original
material. According to Mick the name Japan was agreed just before the
group were due to start performing. Other titles mentioned by Mick:
'The Man Who Sold The World', 'Queen Bitch', 'I'm So Free', 'Sweet
Jane' and 'Tongues of China' (a Japan song).
- The Japan set at this time included 20 songs
April 1975 - The Bunch of Grapes, London
Barbieri had joined the group by this stage but was not yet playing
live with them, so at this show Japan was a trio (Mick Karn - 'Japan
& Self Existence')
- The Bunch of Grapes is the one in West London, not the current pub near London Bridge.
14th February 1976
- Goldsmith's College, London
- The first gig as a five piece after Rob Dean and Richard Barbieri
had joined the group - supporting The Fabulous Poodles (mentioned in
Bamboo Issue 9). They used the name "Hype".
1976 - Loughborough University
1976 - Lewisham Borough Social Club, London
1976 - Goldsmith's Youth Centre, Brockley, London
Japan were billed as 'Future Rock' at this show, and there is a photo in Mick's book.
- The Hope & Anchor, London
February 1977 - The Rock Garden, London
- Supporting Georgie Fame for 3 nights including the 24th (mentioned in Mick's book).
1977 - Big End Club, Munich, Germany
club residency in the early part of 1977. Rob
Dean mentioned this in the magazine "Bamboo" (Issue 9). They played
there for two weeks and, like The Beatles in Hamburg, had to play a lot
of cover versions in the set. According to Nick Huckle "The cover
versions they did in those very early 1976/77 dates included a cover of
Stevie Wonder's Superstition and, I'm almost certain, Sly and the
Family Stone's Its a Family Affair."
10/5/77 - Railway Hotel, Putney
1/9/77 - The Greyhound, London
- Music Machine, London
August 1977 - Anglsea
22/8/77 - The Village Inn, Wembley, London
29/8/77 - The Rock Garden, London
Supported by The Lurkers
17/9/77 - The Marquee, London
With Grand Hotel (thankyou to Michael from adam-ant.net
for the information)
1977 - UK tour supporting Jim Capaldi and The Contenders
- Tour started October 13th 1977 and included dates all over the UK.
Late 1977 there was also a well received show at The Red Cow in Hammersmith - date needed.