That man from Ja­pan

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DAVID SYL­VIAN Vicar St, Dublin Wed 7.30pm 154.80 0818-719390 Work­ing with the cream of UK and US ses­sion play­ers, col­lab­o­rat­ing with the likes of Can’s Hol­ger Czukay, King Crim­son’s Robert Fripp, Yel­low Magic Orches­tra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto and artists Shrinro Oh­take and Rus­sell Mills, pub­lish­ing a lim­ited edi­tion book of Po­laroid col­lages, re­leas­ing doc­u­men­tary videos – it’s a long way from Beck­en­ham, Kent, and an up­bring­ing where you were once known as plain, or­di­nary David Batt. David Syl­vian first came to promi­nence in the so­phis­ti­cated glam group Ja­pan in the mid-1970s. Re­viled dur­ing the punk era, by the be­gin­ning of the 1980s Ja­pan’s cred­i­bil­ity and suc­cess im­proved through their un­wit­ting as­so­ci­a­tion with the New Ro­man­tic move­ment. The band’s an­drog­y­nous im­age – all pretty boys in Max Fac­tor slap, hair by Vi­dal Sas­soon – made them fash­ion­able af­ter years of hard graft. And still the for­mer lead singer of Ja­pan con­tin­ues in his idio­syn­cratic man­ner, re­leas­ing al­bums as and when he feels like it. Live out­ings for Syl­vian are rare, so approach this one with the de­gree of rev­er­ence it de­serves. TONY CLAY­TON-LEA Can’T see ThaT? CaTch This: The Flaws, Spirit Store, Dun­dalk, Co Louth (Satur­day); Craw­daddy, Dublin (Thurs­day)

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