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David Sylvian - 100% match to Japan

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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David Batt, 23 February 1958, Beckenham, Kent, England. Sylvian’s androgynous image and ethereal vocals made him a prominent figure in leading new romantic band Japan. Just before their break-up in late 1982, he branched out into a new venture recording with Ryûichi Sakamoto of the Yellow Magic Orchestra (with whom he had already collaborated on a track from Japan Read more

John Foxx - 42% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Dennis Leigh, Chorley, Lancashire, England. Foxx moved to London in 1974 where he became a key instigator in the rise of the UK electro pop scene. He was a founder member of Ultravox, with whom he wrote, sang and dabbled in synthetic noises. Gary Numan cited Foxx as his main influence, which was some consolation for the fact that Numan was having hits when Ultravox were dro Read more

Ultravox - 41% match to Japan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The initial premise of Ultravox came from the 70s school of electro rock represented by pioneers Kraftwerk and the glam rock of Brian Eno and Roxy Music. Formed in 1974, initially as Tiger Lily, the early line-up comprised Royal College Of Art student John Foxx (Dennis Leigh, Chorley, Lancashire, England; vocals), Steve Shears (guitar), Warren Cann (b. 20 May 1952, Victoria, Read more

Visage - 36% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A synthesizer ‘jamming’ band fronted by Steve Strange (Steve Harrington, 28 May 1959, Wales), with other members including Midge Ure (b. James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland; guitar), Rusty Egan (b. 19 September 1957), Billy Currie (b. William Lee Currie, 1 April 1950, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; violin), Dave Formula (keyboards), Joh Read more

Duran Duran - 33% match to Japan

Genres: Dance Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Borrowing their name from a character in the cult 60s science fiction movie Barbarella, this UK pop band achieved global fame in the early 80s thanks to a series of catchy synthpop tunes, a strong visual image, and expensively produced promotional videos which enjoyed endless rotation on the nascent MTV music channel.The band’s classic line-up featu Read more

The Human League - 25% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Heaven 17 - 24% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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An offshoot project from the UK production company BEF, this synthpop band featured the keyboards duo Ian Craig Marsh (11 November 1956, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) and Martyn Ware (b. 19 May 1956, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England) and vocalist Glenn Gregory (b. 16 May 1958, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England). Heaven 17’s first UK hit was the dance-orientated ‘(We Don& Read more

Soft Cell - 22% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Leeds, England, in 1980 this electro pop duo features vocalist Marc Almond (Peter Mark Sinclair Almond, 9 July 1957, Southport, Lancashire, England) and synthesizer player Dave Ball (b. David Ball, 3 May 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England). The art school twosome came to the attention of Some Bizzare Records entrepreneur Stevo following the release of their sel Read more

Roxy Music - 21% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly regarded and heavily influential UK band came together in January 1971 with a line-up comprising Bryan Ferry (26 September 1945, Washington, Co. Durham, England; vocals/keyboards); Brian Eno (b. Brian Peter George St. Baptiste de la Salle Eno, 15 May 1948, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England; electronics/keyboards); Graham Simpson (bass) and Andy Mackay (b. 23 July 194 Read more

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - 20% match to Japan

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Thomas Dolby - 20% match to Japan

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Morgan Robertson, 14 October 1958, Cairo, Egypt. Dolby is a self-taught musician/vocalist/songwriter and computer programmer. After studying meteorology and projectionism at college, he started building his own synthesizers at the age of 18. With his own hand-built PA system he acted as sound engineer on tours by the Members, Fall and the Passions. Afterwards, he co-f Read more

China Crisis - 18% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
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This Liverpool, England-based band was formed in 1979 around the core of Gary Daly (10 May 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; vocals) and Eddie Lundon (b. 9 June 1962, Kirkby, Merseyside, England; guitar). In 1982, their first single, ‘African And White’, initially on the independent Inevitable label, was picked up for distribution by Virgin Records and made a crit Read more

Gary Numan - 18% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gary Anthony James Webb, 8 March 1958, Hammersmith, London, England. Originally appearing under the group name Tubeway Army, Numan enjoyed enormous success in the UK at the close of the 70s. His Kraftwerk / David Bowie -influenced electronic music saw Tubeway Army top the UK charts in May 1979 with ‘Are Friends Electric?’ By September 1979 Numan had abandoned the g Read more

Classix Nouveaux - 17% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This 80s UK experimental quartet was fronted by the shaven-headed Sal Solo (5 September 1954, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England), whose uncompromising vocal style gelled uneasily with his musicians’ synthesizer dance beat. Originally appearing on Stevo’s Some Bizzare Records sample album, the group signed to Liberty Records in 1981 and recorded a series of albums, r Read more

Kajagoogoo - 17% match to Japan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Leighton Buzzard, Hertfordshire, England, this fresh-faced quartet comprised Nick Beggs (15 December 1961; vocals/bass), Steve Askew (guitar), Stuart Crawford (vocals/synthesizer) and lead singer Chris Hamill (b. 19 December 1958, Wigan, Lancashire, England), better known as the anagrammatic Limahl. Emerging at a time when the ‘new pop’ of Duran Duran, Ad Read more


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