On April 8, 1978 Japan released its debut album, Adolescent Sex. The band may have looked like an 80's hair band but, like Ultravox, they drew their inspiration from harder rocking David Bowie and Roxy Music. If you're a fan of the bands's sophisticated, Eastern-influenced later works, Tin Drum and Gentlemen Take Polaroids, this may come as quite the surprise. Here is the birth of the New Romantic sound. that would be dominated by Duran Duran, Visage and Spandau Ballet.
Check out "Television" and "Suburban Love" for some of the more oustanding moments on the album.
The follow-up, Obscure Alternatives, is just six months away. The band's recording career would only last four short years.