japan's mick karn dead at 52

Mick Karn, bassist for British synthpop pioneers Japan, passed away today at his London home.

In a statement from his website:

“It’s with profound sadness that we have to inform you that Mick finally lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at 4.30pm today, 4th January 2011 at home in Chelsea, London. He was surrounded by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all.”

In addition to his trendsetting work with Japan, Karn also partnered with Peter Murphy in Dalis Car. Last fall, Murphy announced work had begun on a second Dalis Car album, more than 25 years after The Waking Hour.

John Taylor took a moment today on Duran Duran’s blog to cite Karn and Japan as formative influences. Listen to “Quiet Life” and you’ll understand why:

RIP, Mick.

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