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Old 01-06-2011, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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Another personal fave musician (along with Gerry Rafferty and Captain Beefheart) has just passed away. Mick Karn, best remembered as the bassist with the groups Japan, Dali's Car and Rain Tree Crow lost a battle with cancer.

I've played bass since I was 17, and Karn was one of a handful of musicians that really changed my life. He used fretless basses, and tended to favor counter melodies and Asian melodic influences, which were rather unorthodox, especially in a bassist.

Commercially he was little known in the US, though Japan were extremely successful in the early 1980s in the UK and Japan (the country).

Subsequently, Karn worked with Peter Murphy, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and others.

Japan (singer David Sylvian appears in the clip; Karn is playing bass):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhC8LnFd2LE

Dali's Car (Peter Murphy sings, Karn plays everything else):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTi2o7Vxx1A
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