thx guys - some of this stuff (Japan, Ultravox "Vienna") I'm familiar with, will check out the rest
― Οὖτις, Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:22 (ten months ago) link
Metamatic is more to Telekon or Dance, as it is more full electronic sound. That said, Metamatic's sound holds up pretty well for a nearly a 30 year old synth pop record.
I just listened to the first two Ultravox records in a mix with early PIL, Wire, Cabaret Voltaire and others of that turn of the decade sound and their sound fit in very well.
― earlnash, Friday, 11 January 2019 01:25 (ten months ago) link
I don't really know of any other electronic rock music that feels like Pleasure Principle. Its sound to me is primarily defined by a patient loping which is heavy as fuck. Other records which have that feel are all by solidly guitar based artists. I don't know of anyone else using mostly synths to go to that place. It is in retrospect such an obvious idea. Synths of that time were heavy as living fuck if you only had the simplicity to let them be so.
― valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 11 January 2019 14:54 (ten months ago) link
digging Ultravox's "Quiet Men", that hits the spot
agree that Numan's setup in this era seems both unique and sort of "duh, why had no one thought of this before". Sorta like the Ramones.
― Οὖτις, Friday, 11 January 2019 16:25 (ten months ago) link
Yeah not a lot else has that Numan crunch... I want to say Gary Wright for some reason lol
― brimstead, Friday, 11 January 2019 22:26 (ten months ago) link
The impressive thing about The Pleasure Principle is that there's no guitar on it at all. In fact, it's probably the only guitar-less Numan album.
― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 11 January 2019 22:34 (ten months ago) link