POO: Ultravox

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"White China"

A grossly underrated 80s dance/pop tune classic. I love how the Sylvianesque vocals just lie a foot away from the spotlight and sound like just another layer of instruments. All those cool little klanging sounds, too.

This was my first exposure to Ultravox, and from what I've heard from the rest of the catalog.. it's, um, poo.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 13 September 2002 17:24 (eighteen years ago) link

I believe we've already done this, but why not have another go.....I'm going with the ultra-schmaltzey but still sweepingly magnificent "Reap the Wild Wind"

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 13 September 2002 17:29 (eighteen years ago) link

"I Can't Stay Long" beats out "Slow Motion" and "Maximum Acceleration" (all on the same album! good way of getting three in...)

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 13 September 2002 18:53 (eighteen years ago) link

oo, I may have to go with "Vienna" but I'll pick "Reap the Wild Wind"

That "take my hand" backing vocal is great. and then the "you took my hand and gave me your friendship" rap, and the way "Wild" lingers as it is sung. Great Song!

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 13 September 2002 19:28 (eighteen years ago) link

"Passing Strangers" for me...

Joe (Joe), Friday, 13 September 2002 20:53 (eighteen years ago) link

"Rockwrock" (rockist choice- gotta stay in character)

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 13 September 2002 21:22 (eighteen years ago) link

fave song...my sex...incredible

geeg, Sunday, 15 September 2002 05:44 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah we've done this but I never pass up an opportunity to boost the John Foxx Ultravox(!) over the processed Cheez-Whiz of the Midge Ure version. Although the "Vienna" lp is fine, and a couple tracks maybe after that. Picking "Reap the Wild Wind" as the only track you need by Ultravox is so very wrong. It does have good drumming on it I guess. I'll probably go with "Rockwrock" or "My Sex" too. btw, what the hell kind of name is Midge Ure??

Sean (Sean), Sunday, 15 September 2002 15:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Since 'Can't Stay Long' has already gone - it's 'Dislocation' vs 'Man Who Dies Every Day'

Ray M (rdmanston), Monday, 16 September 2002 00:51 (eighteen years ago) link

That live version of "The Voice" is pretty worthy though.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Monday, 16 September 2002 22:44 (eighteen years ago) link

four years pass...
"this means nothing to meeeeeeee ... oh, vienna!"

Eisbaer, Monday, 9 April 2007 16:05 (fourteen years ago) link

This isn't any fun unless "Vienna" is not allowed. I mean, obviously "Vienna". But "Visions Of Blue" is an underrated later moment of greatness.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 9 April 2007 19:51 (fourteen years ago) link

"Obviously" Vienna? No wai. I think I'll go with "The Thin Wall".

Trayce, Monday, 9 April 2007 23:51 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Right now it's "Quiet Men"

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Thursday, 5 March 2009 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

Proto-Metamatic, innit? Like "Just For A Moment" is The Garden before Foxx even gets to that stage.

Non-Homosexual Male Fan Of Kate Bush (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 5 March 2009 12:15 (twelve years ago) link

I still need to hear solo Foxx. The only Ultravox-related stuff I have is the Island years comp, which is totally awes from start to finish. I'd imagine I'd also love the first three albums in their entireties.

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Thursday, 5 March 2009 12:17 (twelve years ago) link

I still need to hear solo Foxx.

SB'd.

Non-Homosexual Male Fan Of Kate Bush (King Boy Pato), Thursday, 5 March 2009 12:20 (twelve years ago) link

lolz ok I'm on it dude

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Thursday, 5 March 2009 12:20 (twelve years ago) link

"Rockwrock"

Myonga Vön Bontee, Thursday, 5 March 2009 18:51 (twelve years ago) link

I still need to hear solo Foxx.

You must hear "Metamatic". Marvellous album!

Geir Hongro, Friday, 6 March 2009 02:52 (twelve years ago) link

ARTIFICIAL LIFE! Only one of the best songs ever conceived

"She turned to perfection - once - but realized she'd only turned to pan. She ran though divine light; chemicals; Warhol; Scientology; her own sex, before she TURNED AWAY."

Plus it's on Ha! Ha! Ha! the most overlooked album with the greatest title. I treasure every moment of it.

Fishes, You Hit Me With A Flounder (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Friday, 6 March 2009 03:56 (twelve years ago) link

That's 'pain,' not 'pan.' Pan would be funny, though. And Ultravox with Fox were, bless their hearts, often amusing.

Fishes, You Hit Me With A Flounder (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Friday, 6 March 2009 03:58 (twelve years ago) link

Foxx. I'm leaving now.

Fishes, You Hit Me With A Flounder (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Friday, 6 March 2009 03:59 (twelve years ago) link

God help me, I think I like "One Small Day," after all these years.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 March 2009 03:59 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Right now it's "I Want To Be A Machine"

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Thursday, 2 April 2009 23:06 (twelve years ago) link

The punchy bass/guitar siren at the start of that *spectacular* violin-led outro is a bona fide moment of clarity in 70's rock music

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Thursday, 2 April 2009 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

"Hiroshima Mon Amour" is pretty much perfect.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 3 April 2009 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

lol I'm listening to "IWTBAM" again riiight now

their Island Years compilation is unfuckable-with...the individual albums are slightly less strong but still way good

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Friday, 3 April 2009 20:47 (twelve years ago) link

I have had "Vienna" on in the car a lot recently. "Private Lives" I think it the pick for me ATM. I'm going to see them soon-ish!

Pashmina, Friday, 3 April 2009 23:08 (twelve years ago) link

post-Foxx not doing it for me at all

in fact, it means nothing to me

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Friday, 3 April 2009 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

Ha, I thought that for years. I was r0ngWrong. So are you. I came to the conclusion the other week that "Vienna" is in fact their best album. "Astradyne" and "Western Promise" are weak, the rest of the album is awesome. If you do not find anything to like in "Mr X" at least, then I ain't got nothing to say to you, hater. Their later stuff, very hit&miss, but crank it up, and roll up the bass till that eighth-note sequencer pulse hits you in the chest whomp-whomp-whomp, there's plenty of good shit there if you can get past the dated production style. Briefly, around "Vienna" & "Rage in Eden" they were close to something really special, but they kind of blew it a bit.

In a somewhat similar vein, I wonder if you have picked up "Sons & Fascination" &/or "New Gold Dream", eh.

Pashmina, Friday, 3 April 2009 23:19 (twelve years ago) link

I have not. I am a worm. Shall be rectified.

As for Vienna, well I got mah Spotify and I got mah spare time...let's go! In fairness, I've only heard a couple of post-Foxx songs. I'm ready to be enlightened.

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Friday, 3 April 2009 23:23 (twelve years ago) link

Also, it might be their best album, but is it better than that Island compilation? Ha?

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Friday, 3 April 2009 23:28 (twelve years ago) link

Yes! It is. "Systems of Roimance" and "Ha!Ha!Ha!" I think are better than that Island comp as well. you are aware that there are 2 diff versions of "Hiroshima mon amour" as well? One languid with saxophone playing, the other full of loud screechy guitars and violin. Both equally great.

Pashmina, Friday, 3 April 2009 23:38 (twelve years ago) link

Ooh, I'll have to track the screechy one down! Screechy violin sorta suited these guys. Am I weird in thinking some of the stuff off their first album numbers among their best work?

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Friday, 3 April 2009 23:41 (twelve years ago) link

I agree that Vienna is their best album. Never could seem to take to the Foxx stuff, though I've met plenty of people who swear by it.

In a somewhat similar vein, I wonder if you have picked up "Sons & Fascination" &/or "New Gold Dream", eh.

Heheh. My friend (big Ure-era Ultravox fan, btw) recently told me that the next thing he wants me to introduce him to is an album by Simple Minds. I'm kindof debating which one to throw at him, but New Gold Dream is usually people's favourite, so I'll probably give him that one.

Earl of Gothington Manor (Bimble), Friday, 3 April 2009 23:45 (twelve years ago) link

ure-era ultravox is better than a lot of 80s cheese people are always repping for here. i went on a youtube nostalgia binge a few months ago, i think the singles are still a lot of fun

velko, Saturday, 4 April 2009 00:46 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

DAAAAAAAAAAANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES.

★彡☆ ★彡 (ENBB), Monday, 14 December 2009 03:45 (eleven years ago) link

seven months pass...

"...in strong low tones."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 July 2010 04:57 (ten years ago) link

I'll take the Foxx era over the Ure era (urea?) every time. Picking "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (the quiet version for preference, although the screechy version is great as well).

margana (anagram), Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:25 (ten years ago) link

Young Savage!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 July 2010 13:02 (ten years ago) link

"Hiroshima Mon Amour" is pretty much perfect.

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