Mick Karn, real name Andonis Michaelides, was an English composer and multi-instrumentalist whose particularity is to have created a unique and recognizable bass guitar sound.
He started his musical career in the mid-1970s by joining a group in formation called "Japan", all of whose members knew each other while attending Catford Boys' School in South East London.
Japan will leave a significant imprint in the musical decade of the 80s as much by the quality of these albums as "Gentlemen take polaroids" and "Tin drum". Only by the exuberant and atypical side of some of its members.
Karn decides to stand on his own feet from 1982, when his first album "Titles" was released.
In 1983 he collaborated with Midge Ure (of the Ultravox group) on the title "After a fashion" which will experience a good career in the charts across the Channel.
Then in 1984, it was with Peter Murphy (of the Bauhaus group) that he created the ephemeral group "Dali's Car". Group that will produce an astonishing, original and confusing album "The waking hour", with depressing-bewitching sounds.
He will collaborate on various projects and various albums of other artists in the following years.
Unfortunately, the adventure will come to an end for him on January 4, 2011 when he dies of cancer at the age of 52.
A posthumous album "InGladAloneness", Dali’s Car's second, will be released shortly after.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Tribal dawn 1982
After a fashion 1983
The sound of waves 1990
1982 ... an extraordinary inspiration, a unique bass touch, a completely atypical style and look, everything to become a legend. A legend that will be written in 2 stages. First with Japan then now solo ...
1982 ... even if he doesn't sing, being content to be one of the most gifted musicians of his generation, that doesn't prevent him from producing sung titles like this one. And in any case, it works !
1983 ... when 2 of the biggest names of the moment meet, we immediately see the result. A unique piece, with extraordinary inspiration and whose production borders on perfection !
1990 ... a big air hole that will last 7 years before this shattering return, the time of a sublime title, a title once again with surrealist inspiration. Literally BE-WIT-CHING !
1st Top Bonus : 1984, the Dali's Car parenthesis. A hallucinating association with Peter Murphy who will produce an album which is no less. The artist will have participated in most of the most innovative musical projects of the decade
2nd Top Bonus : 1982, a roast on one of Midge Ure's most beautiful tracks. When the best combines with the best, the result is necessarily among...the best !
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