Mick Karn


LONDON (AP) - Mick Karn, bass player in the 1980s group Japan, has died.

Statements posted on his website and Facebook page said the 52-year-old musician died of cancer at his home in London on Tuesday. In June, he announced on his website that he had been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer; the specific type was not mentioned.

Karn was co-founder of Japan along with David Sylvian and Steve Jansen. The group's 1982 album, "Tin Drum," included the hit song, "Ghosts."

John Taylor, the bass guitarist of 1980s English New Wave band Duran Duran, played tribute to Karn on Duran Duran's website.

He described Karn as a "bassist and super-sideman", and "one of the great visual and sound stylists of the late-seventies/early-eighties."

Taylor said he first saw Japan with his brother Nick at Barbarellas in Birmingham on their Obscure Alternatives tour.

"Mick changed my life in a good way, "Quiet Life" and "Gentlemen Take Polaroids," "Adolescent Sex" and "Tin Drum" are amongst the best recordings made during the post-punk era in my view," he added.

"He shall be missed."

Karn was born Andonis Michaelides in Cyprus, and came to Britain with his family at age 3.

He is survived by his wife Kyoko and son Metis.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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Sonic mastery of Micks work on Tin Drum along with the pioneering work of japans members was a uniquely fresh take on the new wave era, with strong far eastern influeneces. Mick had a sound that was tastefully different, his passing is truly a huge loss to lovers of all thing different & cutting edge & obscure. We mourn your passing , we celebrate your life and that the taste of sonic cool you left for us to enjoy.

Just spent an evening listening to my favorite band from my teenage years. The music still sounds just as good and timeless. Dear Mick and family, please know you are not forgotten and your music is still so much appreciated and loved. You were one of a kind.

what a wonderful man, talented and taken away too soon. i will always remember the visitation dream i had of you, telling me to try my hardest and get good grades. it inspires me... keep playing that beautiful bass and until we meet again...

Just listened to Sleepers awake and the tears started to roll down my face, God bless Mick sadly missed never forgotten x

RIP Dear Mick. I will Always play your music. RS Norway

And Condolences to your Family

My tribute to Mick

So many journeys,
from Cyprus to England
from Paris to London
from Dreams to Monsters
and finally,
from Japan to Death.
5 years later,
still in memories
alone we are
without you.
So much you played a part in Music and Art.
Many thanks again and again.
We miss you.
Rest in peace.

See you on the other side mick , when i heard the news i was in the Hospital batteling cancer miss you .