• Lizard
  • Lizard (Japan. King) 1979 

Strangler bassist Jean-Jacques Burnel produced this Tokyo band’s first LP in London, and gave it a not-surprisingly bottom-heavy sound. But the comparisons don’t end there: Lizard plays synth-laced dance music with simple rhythms and weird vocals (in Japanese). Politically aware, playful, squiggly and dense, Lizard’s complex hybrid typifies the fascinating Japanese response to Anglo-American new wave.

[Ira Robbins]