I love dry Roland drumbox beats surrounded by chirping, buzzing synths + New Romantic vocals. You know the deal: G Numan, Visage,,, i know two tracks by Foxx : 'The Plaza" + "A30" (sp?) but want more. Is it worth venturing into?
― Jay Vee (Manon_70), Friday, 4 April 2003 16:59 (10 years ago) Permalink
'the garden' maybe a little overproduced but still a few great songs. 'golden section' has more than a few great songs. haven't heard any of the few later ones.
― milton, Friday, 4 April 2003 17:05 (10 years ago) Permalink
Ha! Ha! Ha! is pretty fantastic, too, esp. the Clustery piano intro of "Distant Smile" before the Lydonesque rant busts in.
John Foxx: what a great phony.
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 4 April 2003 17:26 (10 years ago) Permalink
it is available on CD...you can order it from www.metamatic.com
― geeg, Friday, 4 April 2003 22:49 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 4 April 2003 23:31 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Mike Taylor (mjt), Sunday, 6 April 2003 02:40 (10 years ago) Permalink
I can not listen to it now without hearing him shout Underpants! Underpants!
― Erik, Sunday, 6 April 2003 14:52 (10 years ago) Permalink
seven bonus tracks from the album's 7" singles... about three of which are just as good as the main album. the track '20th Century'... the band Adult. really cribbed quite a bit from him. it's the same roland drum machine, same crispy stabs with the attacks cut off, and the lyrics for the track consist merely of Foxx saying over and over again 'It's the 20th... Century!!!!'
I think the songwriting is better on 'golden section', but 'metamatic' is a lot more distinctive/influential. I'm not the hugest fan, but it's certainly fun to know about these records.
― milton, Sunday, 13 April 2003 00:24 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Revivalist (Revivalist), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 08:54 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 09:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Jay Vee's Return (Manon_69), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 15:45 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― JohnFoxxsJuno (JohnFoxxsJuno), Wednesday, 21 June 2006 07:37 (6 years ago) Permalink
does anyone know if this current tour (in glasgow tonight) is him performing the metamatic album in full? i seem to recall hearing it was but can't seem to find any evidence to support this. thanks.
― stirmonster, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:05 (5 years ago) Permalink
Has anyone heard his latest album, Tiny Colour Movies?
-- Revivalist (Revivalist), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 09:54
yeah it's wicked.
― max r, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:21 (5 years ago) Permalink
ok. it seems it is.
― stirmonster, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:52 (5 years ago) Permalink
and it also seems it was last night. bugger!
― stirmonster, Friday, 5 October 2007 14:57 (5 years ago) Permalink
_Metamatic_ just received a deluxe 2-CD reissue. Figures, I just bought it earlier this year!
― Mr. Odd, Friday, 5 October 2007 15:11 (5 years ago) Permalink
I love Ultravox' Systems of Romance, but I'm listening to The Garden and having some trouble getting into it. What do you like about it? Standout songs?
― Joe, Wednesday, 19 March 2008 14:34 (5 years ago) Permalink
Received via e-mail:
Artist: John Foxx & Robin Guthrie
Release date : May 4, 2009 Label: Metamatic Records
Like John Foxx's recent A Secret Life album with Steve Jansen (ex-Japan), his collaboration with Robin Guthrie was an idea that began when the pair performed at a Harold Budd concert in May 2005. Layers of echoes and reverberations are explored on Mirrorball, so that Guthrie's unique playing merges with abstract, often improvised vocals - a style which Foxx has explored on his own Cathedral Oceans albums.
Robin Guthrie has scored two movies in recent years – Greg Araki's Mysterious Skin and the Dany Saadia-directed 3:19. He has recorded instrumental albums Imperial and Continental and also several collaborations with pianist Harold Budd, the most recent being Before The Day Breaks and After The Night Falls in 2007. The former Cocteau Twins guitarist and producer has also performed extensively with his hour-long animated film Lumière, and recently premiered the follow up, Galerie, both films being created as backdrops for his atmospheric, hypnotic guitar-based instrumentals – a style that has been a massive influence on everyone from My Bloody Valentine through to Antony and the Johnsons.
John Foxx has been experimenting as a film-maker (including a pioneering video for L.F.O. and recent performances of his Super 8 project Tiny Colour Movies in Melbourne, London and Barcelona), artist (he has exhibitions this year in London and New York and his images have been used on the covers of books by Anthony Burgess and Salman Rushdie) and musician and he's now developing a growing international reputation as a writer – last year he headlined a major literature festival where he reads extracts from his as yet unfinished novel The Quiet Man.He is currently working on new material with Paul Daley (Leftfield).
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 14:21 (4 years ago) Permalink
"Metamatic" is great. Better than any 70s Ultravox! album and also better than several 80s Ultravox albums.
― Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 15:00 (4 years ago) Permalink
Foxx / Guthrie track: Luminous on myspace
― djmartian, Wednesday, 11 March 2009 16:23 (4 years ago) Permalink
Y'know what, The Pleasures of Electricity is his best song-based album after Metamatic. I have spoken.
― QUOTE sampling at a higher rate UNQUOTE (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 22:08 (7 months ago) Permalink
New album, "Evidence", just out. It'll be his third in 18 months and some of his best work!
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 04:22 (7 months ago) Permalink