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What does everyone thing about UFO? I just randomly got an urge to DL and hear them from Kazaa and despite the lyrics not being anything spectacular, I like the sound. Their guitar tones rule, got some hot riffs, etc. I remember Kirk Hammett saying how much he loved them. Opinions?

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Sunday, 31 August 2003 19:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ts: british heavy metal vs japanese acid jazz

JasonD (JasonD), Sunday, 31 August 2003 21:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the winner: japanese acid metal.

your null fame (yournullfame), Monday, 1 September 2003 00:23 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

lights out in london was a great song back when i was 11.

keith (keithmcl), Monday, 1 September 2003 00:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Now would be a good time to remind everyone that MSG's 'One Night at Budokan' is probably the worst record ever

dave q, Monday, 1 September 2003 07:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My advice is to get the "Strangers In The Night" live double album which has pretty much everything you need. There's a couple of early albums of bad space rock, several Michael Schenker-era albums of varying quality and some really bad later albums. I saw them once back in the 80's and they were all falling-over drunk, I had a ticket for MSG once too but couldn't be bothered to go in the end cos I KNEW it'd be terrible.

udu wudu (udu wudu), Monday, 1 September 2003 16:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

pete way = heroic

gE0rdIEr0b0t, Monday, 1 September 2003 16:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I will also add that while 'ONAB' is the worst album ever, "Attack of the Mad Axeman" is the worst song on it. Download now, it's funnier than shit. Really, you'll be glad you did, I previously couldn't believe anything could possibly be so bad. Even the title won't prepare you for how radically you'll have to expand your idea of 'terrible' after hearing it.

dave q, Monday, 1 September 2003 17:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Was a very different time and different currency, yet I'm pretty sure that those sixty roubles the sixteen-year-ol' me paid for No Heavy Petting circa '76 or '77 (will) remain the greatest sum of money I've ever coughed up, willingly, for any single LP.

Speak of the fucked-up fun of the black market...

But it'd be fun to hear that record again, I guess.
I also remember, though, that I didn't love Force It, no sir.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 1 September 2003 23:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

...And then soon I was smuggled the first two Foreigner rekkids and all UFO-logy was pretty much over for me. Never heard anything else by them.
Anyhow, No Heavy Petting - classic

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Tuesday, 2 September 2003 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Lights out London! Classic for the mere fact they had the goofball Michael Schenker in the band for a wee bit longer than the irritating Scorpions.

Rage Against the Coffee Maker (Rage Against the Coffee Maker), Tuesday, 2 September 2003 00:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

classic because, as the legend has it, UFO were so crazy that even that crazy kraut michael schenker couldn't stand it and had to leave! (TRUE STORY: mr. schenker went AWOL from UFO whilst on tour in the UK. when they found him several weeks later, it turned out that he was trying to quit but his english was so bad the only way he could do that was to bolt!)

never heard a note of their music, though. i had some college friends who loved them.

Tad (llamasfur), Tuesday, 2 September 2003 00:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

A few of their 70s albums (including <i>Force It</i>, <i>Phenomenon</i> and <i>Obsession</i> were reissued last week, I think on Caroline. They're remastered but don't seem to have bonus tracks. I like the live album so much I'm tempted to get more...

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 21:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

A few of their 70s albums (including Force It, Phenomenon and Obsession were reissued last week, I think on Caroline. They're remastered but don't seem to have bonus tracks. I like the live album so much I'm tempted to get more...

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 21:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Then you would like all three. Obsession is my favorite of the trio. It has Ron Nevison on production who was one of the go-to guys for hard rock at the beginning of the 80's. The Japanese reissues from a few years ago sounded great, as did earlier Brit remasters, so I'm full up on UFO. I'm surprised No Heavy Petting isn't in the bunch -- or perhaps it is. It's just about my favorite UFO studio record although a couple are Schenker left are quite winning, too

Gorge, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 22:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

An underrated group, I think. Too inconsistent to be truly classic, but their high points were pretty much as high as Lizzy's, and it's not like Lizzy weren't stupidly all over the place, too. Periodically get the urge to listen to them, especially these two ...



And delving back, was surprised to hear how oddly almost-Springsteeny they got in the wake of NWOBHM.


ithappens, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 20:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Actually, Lonely Heart's the one I'm looking for in support of the Springsteeny thesis. Let It Rain sounds like they were trying to be new wave.


ithappens, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 20:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

The live album (Strangers in the Night) is fucking killer, especially the version with Hot N Ready and Cherry.

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 20:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

UFO had a quite a few terrific songs, but only 2 really solid LPs for my money: Phenomenon & Force It. Obsession gets a close but not quite rating up in here. Come to think of it, both of my favorite songs are on Phenomenon - Doctor Doctor & Rock Bottom. Love Lost Love would also be right up there. Cherry & Only You Can Rock Me are good too.

ImprovSpirit, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Space Child off Phenomenon is a pretty cool song. Kind of a bridge to their prior sound. I like bands whose "debut" albums werent their first albums: UFO, Alice Cooper, Yes, Thin Lizzy.

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Hey - they do fall in that group where the "debut" record really wasn't. I might also place T.Rex in that elite bunch.

ImprovSpirit, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also Pantera.

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 21:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Fucking computer won't go loud enough.

The Hetfieldification of the Menopausal Male (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 25 June 2011 04:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

this band rocks beyond belief

Stormy Davis, Monday, 5 March 2012 03:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

this song basically sounds like a Lou Reed / VU type of joint. with Michael Schenker on kick ass leads and Phil Mogg on vox, right. but still

Stormy Davis, Monday, 5 March 2012 03:27 (seven years ago) Permalink


Stormy Davis, Monday, 5 March 2012 03:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

New album is pretty not bad.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 5 March 2012 03:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

pretty good reason why Iron Maiden opens their shows by pumping out "Doctor, Doctor" over the sound system. So fucking cool

Stormy Davis, Monday, 5 March 2012 03:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's all about "star storm"

blank, Monday, 5 March 2012 04:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Interviewed Phil Mogg on Friday. He told me they were so careless with money that within four months of playing four nights at Hammersmith in the mid-80s, he was signing on.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Monday, 5 March 2012 10:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

He was signing on what

You're a notch, I'm a legend (Bill Magill), Monday, 5 March 2012 15:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Signing on to the unemployment register to collect unemployment benefit. "Signing on" with no noun means to be "on the dole".

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Monday, 5 March 2012 15:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Crazy. And yeah, hearing "Doctor Doctor" cranked at Maiden shows gives me goosebumps.

I've really been enjoying the new album, a lot more than the last few for sure.

A. Begrand, Monday, 5 March 2012 16:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I've been working through that nice priced UFO: Chrysalis Years box set and this band did some weird stuff. I was really surprised by the big Love cover of "Alone Again Or".

earlnash, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 04:14 (five years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite bands. Not especially crazy about the pre-Schenker space stuff, and the stuff after The Wild, The Willing, and The Innocent is awfully spotty, but that 1-2-3-4 punch of No Heavy Petting/Lights Out/Obsession/Strangers in the Night is so so good.

Sandy, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 05:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Should be noted that the "space stuff" is just the second album. The first UFO album is pretty straight up heavy rock for the time. And great.

NO GODS, NO MUSTARD (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 11:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's why I specifically mentioned the space stuff as what I'm not totally in love with. I do like the pre-Schenker stuff when it rocks.

Sandy, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...


Oh my god the kids in the audience headbanging. And the other kids who don't seem to give a shit. This is great.

Assholes on Boats: A Billy Zane Retrospective (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 12 April 2014 06:47 (five years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I dont think ive read anything this extensive on UFO. good article. UFO fucking rules.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Friday, 12 December 2014 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, great read, though a few glitches here and there as noted by others -- "the Scorpions" instead of just Scorpions. Also, a profound misunderstanding of the Mountain Goats right at the start.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 December 2014 20:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Ha, I noticed that, UFO were REALLY popular when I was at school (mostly vying with Rush as I remember it) but I don't remember anything about them, I always thought they were sort of not very heavy, almost pop, heavy rock but not according to that article.

Root It Oot (Tom D.), Friday, 12 December 2014 20:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Their mid '70s streak is fucking untouchable. I didn't get into those albums until a couple of years ago, when a friend gave me the Japanese remasters of Phenomenon through Strangers in the Night and the top of my head basically flew off.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 12 December 2014 20:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I always thought they were sort of not very heavy, almost pop, heavy rock but not according to that article.

^they could get heavy up until the time of Schenker's departure, then it's kind of a mess. Humorist is on point, the Schenker stuff is ridiculously good.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Friday, 12 December 2014 20:54 (four years ago) Permalink

you who loved UFO? Anthrax! They would mention UFO in every interview, Pete Way this Pete Way that

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 12 December 2014 20:55 (four years ago) Permalink

I think Van Halen definitely took a couple of tips from UFO. Michael Schenker is about a mid point between Richie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen both sound and style wise. You will definitely hear that Iron Maiden gallop in some of the big UFO songs too especially "Light's Out", so I have to figure Harris, Murray etc. were fans.

earlnash, Friday, 12 December 2014 22:19 (four years ago) Permalink

Amazing post on the FB thread I started on this (from an ILX regular whose name here I keep forgetting so I'm hoping he'll notice and reconfirm):

I interviewed Phil Mogg a few years ago. Amazing stories. One about Michael Schenker stealing a rabbit from his neighbours to save it from the cooking pot, then being horrified when it shat around the house. He didn't realise rabbits defecated.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 December 2014 22:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Ah here we go


Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 December 2014 22:47 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I was not previously aware that early UFO is really good.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah man. Nobody told me either.

We Boo... The Cross (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 27 August 2015 02:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Display name,baby

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Friday, 28 August 2015 03:36 (three years ago) Permalink

seriously they are just so great. dream of seeing them in the mid-seventies, how fucking great it must have been to actually watch this music being made

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 28 August 2015 11:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Fucking "Rock Bottom" man

Shadow Earth is closing in
Above the lamps in your street
Lucifer goes walking
Down for you to meet
Minutes pass so slowly by
The hands on your clock
Heavens door don't open
When you knock

1) Easily one of the top 5 "Lu-ci-ferr"s in hard rock/metal.

2) This riff crawls right the fuck up my spine and sinks into my reptile brain, every time.

3) I love the way Mogg breaks his lines in this song (Minutes pass so slowly by the/Hands on your clock).

We Boo... The Cross (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 28 August 2015 12:04 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Listening to Strangers In The Night right now and seriously considering catching their farewell tour in October. (They’re doing one show in NYC, and then a second show on Staten Island, co-billed with BÖC. Can’t imagine anything more 70s Staten Island than a UFO/BÖC concert.)

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 28 February 2019 13:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Holy shit!

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Holy shit, it's Bill Magill!

The Vangelis of Dating (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Its Bill Magill making plans to head to Staten Island for the BOC/UFO show!

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Paul Raymond (keyboardist and guitarist 1976– 1981, 1984–1986, 1993–1998 and 2003-present, as well as an early member of MSG) has died.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:26 (two months ago) Permalink

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