After Mick's first solo release Titles in 1982, Pete Townshend claimed that "Mick was by far the best bassist in the UK", and so invited him to join him in a super group to celebrate the engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Karn played the aluminium neck Travis Bean bass in all Japan albums up to Gentlemen Take Polaroids. In 1981 he moved onto the renowned Wal basses and bought two fretless mk1, one with Tulipwood facings and the other being a Cherry solidbody. Mick recorded Japan's last studio album Tin Drum with the Wal and has continued to use them, helping further their popularity worldwide. It is interesting to note that Karn's mastery of the fretless bass,with his own unique sound,eclectic voicings,and oft strange intervals,belies the fact that he has little to no knowledge of music theory. "I don't know about being the best, I still can't read music so I'm certainly not technically the best, I don't even know what the notes are on a bass.
Sometimes I'm told I can't play that note with this chord, to which I reply: well, why not if it sounds good? The best? No, but having never heard anyone play in a similar way, I'd certainly consider perhaps being the most original!" Still,one can only guess at the inner working of an artists' gears as they turn and propel an art that can not be denied. After all,can a colorblind painter be judged by his choices in hues? Is not the final product,as well as the act,the sufficient sum? Mick Karn has carved out for himself an incredible career with thousands of adoring fans,students of his unique style on the bass, and the respect of his peers. Suggested listening: With Dalis Car "The Waking Hour" With Gary Numan "Dance", "Telekon" With David Torn "Door X" With Torn/Karn/Bozzio "Polytown" With Japan Anything! With Rain Tree Crow "Rain Tree Crow" With Yoshihiro Hanno "Liquid Glass" With JBK "-ism", "Playing In a Room with People" Mick Karn "Bestial Cluster","The Tooth Mother","Love's Glove","More Better Different" Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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