- Ghosts (Japan song)
Name = Ghosts
Artist = Japan
from Album = "
B-side = "The Art of Parties" (Version)
Released = March
Vinyl7" & 12"
Recorded = 1981
Punk pop/New Wave
Length = 3:55
Producer = Japan,
Chart position = #5 (UK)
Last single = "Visions of China"(1981)
This single = "Ghosts"(1982)
Next single = "Cantonese Boy"(1982)Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Background = khaki
Lower caption = 12" single.
"Ghosts" was a single by the British band Japan from the 1981 album "
Tin Drum". It reached No 5 in the UK chart in 1982. Although it was their biggest hit, this was not enough to stop the band splitting a few months later.
"Ghosts" has been cited by several music commentators as one of the most unlikely track ever to reach the Top 5 in the UK singles chart, as it is a minimalist, morose ballad, incorporating
ring modulationsound-effects reminiscent of some of Karlheinz Stockhausen's seminal electronic musicfrom the 1950s. Bereft of drums, the track would not be described as a commercially viable single in most circumstances. However, Japan's popularity at the time, in addition to the early 1980s fashion for New Wave / New Romanticmusic, allowed the single to become unexpectedly popular.
In 2000 David Sylvian re-recorded "Ghosts" using the original Japan backing track and included it on his compilation "
Everything and Nothing".
* 7" VS472, 7" picture disc VSY72, 12" VS47212
* "Ghosts" (single mix) - 3:55
* "The Art of Parties" ("Version" - live) - 5:18
A cover of Ghosts is available on the song list for the dance game .
The song has been said [http://darshan.zaadz.com/blog/2006/11/japan_ghosts] to herald the future style of singer
David Sylvian's solo career.
The line "and I've no particular place to go" perhaps references the song by
This song was covered by Tenth Planet in 2000 as a dance track.
The song was played in episode six in the new
BBCseries of "Ashes to Ashes", a spin-off of "Life on Mars", and, since April 2008, it has been used in the trailers for another BBC series, "Waking the Dead".
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