The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

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The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby banyan on Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:24 pm

The news we've all being dredding to hear

From 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

My heart goes out to his family and friends. This truley is the saddest of days

Thank you for the music mick........never to be forgotten!!!

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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby sisterlondon on Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:36 pm

I just read it in Facebook, Colin Edwin from Porcupine Tree posted it.

I'm too sad to react... :(
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby missouriman on Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:04 pm

Dear Mick
Rest in peace, we love you and will always love you.
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Cartesian on Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:30 pm

Very, very sad news... Love & thoughts to his young family. RIP Mick.. Can't write more...... :cry:
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby opiate on Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:38 pm

I am distraught and wept at this news. There are just no words.
My heart aches for those close to him.
I hear them breathing
They know what I have done, all that I've been through
I tell them secrets
And who's to say it isn't so?
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Silver Moon on Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:54 pm

I was shocked when I heard the news. I had always hoped/felt he was getting better. This really is a terrible day... He and his family are in my thoughts, prayers... And he will always be in my best musical memories.

-K
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby sisterlondon on Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:29 pm

John Taylor from Duran Duran is paying homage to Mick in his Facebook. He also posted this on the DD website:

http://www.duranduran.com/wordpress/?p=17671


John Remembers Mick Karn
January 4th, 2011

It is with great sadness we read of the passing away of Mick Karn, Japan bassist and super-sideman, one of the great visual and sound stylists of the late-seventies/early-eighties.

Nick and I first saw Japan at Barbarellas in Birmingham on their ‘Obscure Alternatives’ tour and were blown away. They were so fresh, while every other band in town were tripping over each other in a rush to play the same three chords, Japan were brave in many ways. When I think back to that night the image that first comes to mind first is beautiful Mick, red hair and Ibanez bass, shaved eyebrows and ballet shoes, shuffling around the floor like a docile robot, playing also with great beauty and verve, punching delicate holes in the fabric of the songs; in Mick Karn’s basslines no notes were ever wasted.

It is a great tragedy to me that the members of Japan were never able to quite get over themselves and find a way to work again together, as Japan. The Rain Tree Crow episode was a disaster, more-so if the rumors about David were true, changing his mind about calling the project Japan, once the album had been started and he held all the cards.

I did not follow Mick’s work past Dali’s Car, but got to speak to him last year as we both made contributions to the David Bowie tribute, ‘We Were So Turned On’. We made tentative plans to meet in London, and Duran discussed Mick contributing to ‘All You Need is Now’. It never happened.

Mick changed my life in a good way, ‘Quiet Life’ and ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’, ‘Adolescent Sex’ and ‘Tin Drum’ are amongst the best recordings made during the post-punk era in my view. Mick’s sax playing also, was always interesting.

He shall be missed.
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Moon Park on Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:34 pm

Absolutely devastating news - I was only just thinking about him yesterday and wondering how he was doing :smt010 RIP Mick, I wish you a safe and joyful journey to your next destination, and all our love and prayers to your family :smt010
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby dconnery1966 on Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:57 pm

RIP Mick, i was actually playing Japan stuff today,i am numb
Not a good day today in the music industry Gerry Rafferty also passed away today RIP Gerry
Dougie :(
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Bridget on Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:39 pm

Wishing his family and friends lots of strength.
So sad......... :smt022
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Slope on Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:23 pm

So very sad to hear this. I received the news earlier from Google alerts, and in an odd synchronicity, was watching David Walliams Awfully Good on TV tonight when some footage of Gary Numan came on screen - with Mick's always distinctive bass lines on the soundtrack.

I have to admit to choking up.

Mick, we love you. You will never be forgotten.
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Blemished on Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:36 pm

Such awful news. So very sad.

If there is any comfort it is knowing that in recent months he was made aware of how much we all loved and admired him and his music.
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby Six One Cynic on Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:35 pm

I pray intensely for Mick's family and life, and even more so for David to internalize the sadness into something only he can and tour with it, even for the last time.
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby pradakid900 on Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:41 pm

Yet another grey day. And just when I was starting to have some hope for my new year's resolution to cut down on the boozing, and I was really doing quite well. But with this sad news looks like that is out the window! I gotta cope now.

Though he was someone I never knew personally, tears have surly been shed here. Listening to the infamous Japan demo tape now in bittersweet sadness.
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Re: The saddest day - Mick Karn RIP

Postby natsume on Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:48 am

Remembering the joy he brought me as a kid -

thank you Mick, you are missed.
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