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David Sylvian

David Sylvian was born on February 23, 1958 in Lewisham, Kent, England as David Alan Batt. He was previously married to Ingrid Chavez. See full bio »

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Known For

The Number 23
The Number 23 Soundtrack
What Fault Is It of Ours?
Anton Corbijn Inside Out
Gas, Food Lodging
Gas, Food Lodging Soundtrack


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 2012 Anton Corbijn Inside Out (Documentary) (performer: "Red Guitar (Music Video)") / (writer: "Red Guitar (Music Video)")
 2008 Ashes to Ashes (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2008) ... (writer: "Ghosts" - uncredited)
 2008 Skins (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chris (2008) ... (performer: "Forbidden Colours" - uncredited)
 2007 The Number 23 (writer: "The Banality of Evil")
 2006/I Babel (performer: "World Citizen-I Won't Be Disappointed" - uncredited)
 2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) (writer: "Quiet Life")
  Parashat Ha-Shavua (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Toldot (2006) ... (performer: "Blemish", "Late Night Shopping") / (writer: "Blemish", "Late Night Shopping")
 2005 The Work of Director Anton Corbijn (Video documentary) (performer: "Red Guitar") / (writer: "Red Guitar")
 2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lady Heather's Box (2003) ... (performer: "Darkest Dreaming" - uncredited)
 2003 What Fault Is It of Ours? (performer: "Darkest Dreaming") / (writer: "Darkest Dreaming")
 2000 Jam (TV Series) (performer: "Bringing Down The Light")
  La Femme Nikita (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1999) (writer - 1 episode, 1999)
- Playing with Fire (1999) ... (performer: "Thalheim" - uncredited) / (writer: "Thalheim" - uncredited)
 1992 Gas, Food Lodging (writer: "Fall in Love With Me")
 1989 Valentina (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Caduta angeli (1989) ... (performer: "When Poets Dreamed of Angels")
 1983 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (performer: "Forbidden Colours" - uncredited)
 1982 Identification of a Woman (writer: "Sons of Pioneers" - as D. Syivian)
Show Show Composer (3 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (7 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Realised 7 albums with band Japan: 1978 Adolescent Sex 1978 Obscure Alternatives 1979 Quiet Life 1980 Gentlemen Take Polaroids 1981 Tin Drum 1983 Oil On Canvas 1984 Exorcising Ghosts See more »

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3 Interviews | See more »

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Personal Quote:

Writing 'Ghosts' was a turning point for me. So much of what we created with Japan was built upon artifice. With that song I'd felt I'd had the breakthrough I was looking for. I'd touched upon something true to myself and expressed it in a way that didn't leave me feeling overly vulnerable. In the coming years I'd forget about all notions of vulnerability, opening up the material to a greater ... See more »


He was very influenced by (and often compared by music critics to) David Bowie, not least because of his androgynous attractiveness. See more »

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