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hanging out in the dressing room for top of the pops filming

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I’ve always wondered what it was like for Japan, when they finally appeared on TOTP, for the first time in 1981 (these photos are from 1982)

In the 1980s, TOTPs was the ‘gig’ every young British band dreamed of. I remember my brother saying his goal in life was to appear on it before he was 30. That never happened, but it was a dream he held onto for many years.

For Japan though, by the time they *finally* got the gig, this kind of TV pop show was old hat. They had played a number of these shows in Europe and Japan from 1978 onwards;  and yet here they were, being dragged out of the studio, where they had been putting the finishing touches to their new album ‘Tin Drum’, and being asked to mime along to a song from the previous decade.

To this day, I am thrilled that they did appear, as it was one of the first times I got to see them in technicolour on the TV. However, I can’t imagine it was that much fun for a group of musicians who were just about reaching their creative peak, to have to mime to a bunch of neon-clothed teens, who would have had little idea of the history of the band who stood on that cramped stage, before them.

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