237 – Japan – Quiet Life (1979)
Written by David Sylvian
Produced by John Punter, Simon Napier Bell and Japan
Label – Hansa
“Quiet Life” was a critical song for Japan. It saw the five piece move from glam rock to sophisticated synth pop and thrust their progress from minor league to the heady heights of pop stardom. I always feel that the bands’ image conscious projection actually detracted from their reputation. They were leaders in a musical style that would dominate well into the next decade, and in leader David Sylvian, a writer who is still revered right up to the present. Online music magazine The Quietus gave a glowing review of the corresponding album that this song was pulled from, stating that “Quiet Life” was “an album that pushed the elegant, improbably-coiffed Sylvian into the limelight, aided and abetted by some of the band’s best songs. Quiet Life deserves to be placed alongside Travelogue, Mix-Up and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark as one of the key early British synth-based pop/rock albums.