Gentlemen Take Polaroids is the fourth studio album by the British band Japan. Released in
1980, it was the band's first album for the Virgin label. It continued in the vein of their previous
album, Quiet Life, utilising a combination of electronic elements coupled with more traditional
instruments, though culminating in a more sophisticated and atmospheric production than its
predecessor. This was the last Japan album to feature guitarist Rob Dean.
Although not a huge chart hit upon its initial release in the band's native UK (where it peaked
at #45), the album was later certified "Gold" by the BPI in 1986 for 100,000 copies sold.
Interestingly, the band Duran Duran were at AIR Studios (where the Polaroids album was
made) at the same time recording demos.
"Taking Islands in Africa" re-appeared as the B-side of the "Visions of China" single in 1981,
then remixed by Tin Drum co-producer Steve Nye.
The track "Nightporter", influenced by the works of French composer Erik Satie and
especially his Gymnopedies, was remixed and released as a single in late 1982 following the
success of album Tin Drum and then became a U.K. Top 30 hit (#29). Both the edited 7"
version and the full-length 12" remix remain unreleased on CD.
An unfinished track from the Gentlemen Take Polaroids sessions, "Some Kind of Fool", was
completed by David Sylvian in 2000 and included on his compilation Everything and Nothing.
This is The 2006 Remaster
1. (07:09) - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
2. (06:27) - Swing
3. (05:22) - Burning Bridges
4. (03:55) - My New Career
5. (06:55) - Methods of Dance
6. (04:41) - Ain't That Peculiar
7. (06:59) - Nightporter
8. (05:21) - Taking Islands In Africa
9. (04:05) - The Experience Of Swimming
10. (03:15) - The Width Of A Room
11. (04:58) - Taking Islands In Africa (Steve Nye Remix)
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