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 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.