Ghosts (Japan song)
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|Single by Japan|
|from the album Tin Drum|
|B-side||"The Art of Parties" (Version)|
|Format||Vinyl 7" & 12"|
|Genre||New wave, minimalism|
|Producer(s)||Japan, Steve Nye|
|Japan singles chronology|
"Ghosts" was a single by the British band Japan from the 1981 album Tin Drum. It reached number five in the UK Singles Chart in 1982. Although it was their biggest hit, this was not enough to stop the band splitting a few months later.
Bereft of drums, the minimalist track would not be described as a "commercially viable" single in most circumstances. However, Japan's popularity at the time, in addition to the early 1980s fashion for new wave music, allowed the single to become unexpectedly popular. The band performed the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1982.
- 7" VS472, 7" picture disc VSY72, 12" VS47212
- "Ghosts" (single mix) - 3:55
- "The Art of Parties" ("Version" - live) - 5:18
In popular culture
A cover of "Ghosts" is available on the song list for the dance game DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution 6thMIX.
The song is also featured in the 2008 Norwegian film The Man Who Loved Yngve.
Ghosts was sampled by:
- Goldie for the 1993 drum and bass track Ghosts of my Life under his Rufige Kru alias.
- Tricky for the song Hey Love from the 2013 album False Idols, with writing credit to David Sylvian of Japan.
- The Old Grey Whistle Test Vol. 3 (DVD). BBC Video. 2006.
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