The Art of Parties is a song by the British band Japan. It was released as a single in April and reached number 48 on the UK Singles Chart. A re-recorded version was subsequently included as the opening track on the band's album Tin Drum released later in Format: 7", 12" Vinyl single.
"Tin Drum" doesn't have a weak moment on it- a huge improvement over the inconsistent "Gentlemen Take Polaroids" album though I do love that one track. Most of the songs on "Tin Drum" could be described as funky-Asian-art pop with the occasional synth-ballad such as "Ghosts". The lone instrumental song here is the wonderfully evocative "Canton"/5(37).
Partially growing out of their success in the country they were named after, as well as growing friendship and affiliation with such bands as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan, on Tin Drum, made its most unique, challenging, and striking album.9/
Tin Drum was released on 13 November by record label Virgin.  Four of the album's eight songs were released as singles in the UK—" The Art of Parties ", " Visions of China ", " Ghosts " and "Cantonese Boy"—whilst a live version of "Canton" was issued as a single to promote the Oil on Canvas live album in Genre: Art pop, new wave, post-punk, avant-pop.