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Mick Karn has passed away
« on: January 04, 2011, 01:32:35 PM »
http://www.mickkarn.net/

"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.

Posted: 4th January 2011"
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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011, 01:45:37 PM »
Oh, man... so awful. I love everything Mick ever did (except a couple of vocal tracks on his first solo album, Titles). Japan, Dali's Car, Bestial Cluster, Rain Tree Crow, even bass on Gary Numan's album Dance... so much great stuff.

I'll miss him so much. Truly one of the all-time greats, a self-taught virtuoso and true original on the bass guitar.
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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2011, 01:47:30 PM »
I have a 7" from Mick.   ;-)

He's one of the reasons I play bass... and play it the way I do.

He'll be missed.
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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2011, 02:01:33 PM »
Honestly, this makes me feel ill.  I'll open myself up to ridicule here: I haven't felt like this about a celebrity passing since I heard Freddie Mercury died. (not joking)
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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2011, 02:05:39 PM »
I'm not sure why anyone would ridicule you for that.

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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011, 02:06:39 PM »
Sad news indeed. He was a truly innovative bass player.

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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 02:24:03 PM »
Terribly sad news, indeed. I had been following Karn's updates on his site these past number of months, and it seemed that he was somewhat stable, but, alas, this was not the case. Being a huge enthusiast of both Japan and Karn's solo work — in fact, I ordered back in early December some of his recent solo discs — this is a big loss to many an adventurous music genre.

No need for you to justify or explain your feelings about this, Mike. Turning 50 myself last year has hammered home the unfortunate reality that many folks we admire in this life, all the artists & shakers that keep this world interesting & from spinning into abject chaos, are aging with us, older even, in many cases. Having recently seen Robert Fripp in NYC doing his Soundscapes live, grey-haired and turning 65 this year, got me thinking about how time just seems to creep up on you; yep, that old cliché: blink, and it's gone. Makes it doubly important to revere & enjoy who we admire while they're still here.

Nevertheless, Karn will be greatly missed...I myself am quite affected by his passing...sad day for sure.
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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 02:41:10 PM »
John Taylor, bassist of Duran Duran, on Mick Karn's passing

http://www.duranduran.com/wordpress/?p=17671
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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 03:35:40 PM »
A few Mick Karn pics I had here, or found online today.

Early Japan with Masami Tsuchiya, at right, IIRC. He played on their Oil On Canvas tour (guitarist for Ippu Do), when they were still playing a lot of early songs which had featured Rob Dean's guitar on the album, but he'd been kicked out of the band. That's Mick in the red suit, in his "eyebrows shaved" period.




Even more alien-looking, clearly Bowie-influenced.




Speaking of Bowie... here's Mick with Angie Bowie. I have no idea what the story is behind this pic. Just found it online. Still no eyebrows.




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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 03:44:36 PM »
Again, Japan (Karn at right withpink shoes) with Tsuchiya. Sylvian's hair indicates this is Gentleman Take Polaroids time and Tsuchiya's presence probably means Oil On Canvas, so 81-82. IIRC, Oil On Canvas was released after Tin Drum but was recorded for the GTP tour [edit: nope, Oil On Canvas includes songs from Tin Drum]. Steve Jansen (L) ended up being a very handsome fella at some point but here looks like a reluctant, slightly pudgy drag queen.




Cool shirt. I think this is Tin Drum territory. Barbieri looks glum. See what I meant about Jansen? Suddenly handsome. Maybe he didn't like the girl getup, lipstick, etc.





Sorry about infringing copyright, Getty. Dapper Mick here with no eyebrows but he's toning down the makeup a little.




Mick clowning on Mao. His silly, playful quality didn't really come through in records, but he was fairly goofy onstage.




Not sure when this one was taken but he let his eyebrows come back out and grew his hair out around the time of Dali's Car. For such a masterful bassist, there are few pictures of him with his instrument.


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Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2011, 05:19:01 PM »
Sad news indeed. I loved Mick's playing! I am sorry for his family's loss. I know the music community will miss him.