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Album Name: Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Singer(s): Japan
Recorded: 1980
Released: November 15, 1980
Genre: New romantic, New Wave
Length: 46:26
Label: Virgin Records
  Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Album Review

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.

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.

This was the last Japan album to feature guitarist Rob Dean.


"Gentlemen Take Polaroids" – 7:08
"Swing" – 6:23
"Burning Bridges" – 5:23
"My New Career" – 3:52
"Methods of Dance" – 6:53
"Ain't That Peculiar" – 4:40
"Nightporter" – 6:57
"Taking Islands in Africa" – 5:12

Bonus tracks on the 2003 reissue:
"The Experience of Swimming"
"The Width of a Room"
"Taking Islands in Africa (Steve Nye remix)"

"The Experience of Swimming" and "The Width of a Room" are instrumentals by Richard Barbieri and Rob Dean respectively. They were originally B-sides of the "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" single, and also appeared on a 90's US Caroline CD issue of the album.

"Gentlemen Take Polaroids"

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