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#100829 - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:15:23 Question to the audience
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Hi all! I realise that I'm probably a bit too late with this as the Forum is if not dead then a very quiet place for quite some time now - but I still would like to ask anyone who's willing to answer this.

I've been writing a paper on Ultravox's album "Vienna" a couple of months ago and it made me think - what was it that made people (you especially) notice the band? What made Ultravox stand out for you among other bands of the period? Why them as a favourite band?

I know that there are very few people now who have seen the band during the early 1980s (or even late 1970s) - so any answer from such a person is an especially valueable one.

Really looking forward to any thought on this - and thanks in advance to anyone who's going to answer.

#100831 - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:28:49 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Vladimir]
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The first time I really 'heard' Ultravox was in December 1981 (just after the school holidays had commenced) and it was a friend's cassette recording of the recently released (in New Zealand) Rage In Eden album. I was just discovering music at that time and the sounds from this album just 'clicked' with my personality, I suppose. It was an intriguing mix of quasi-classical music with modern, electronic pop/rock instrumentation combined with powerfully emotive vocals and lyrics. It was sometime later that I do recall the Vienna video being on TV earlier that year.

After obtaining my own copy and playing it over-and-over repetitively, I remember being mesmerized by Warren Cann's 'electronic percussion' at the end of Accent On Youth, where, to me, it sounded like horse hooves on a road!

Anyway, since then, I've been a devoted fan and, to me, they continued to maintain a musical distinction, levels above any of their peers of the period and this was also enhanced by the imagery created by the graphic design artwork, especially that of Peter Saville.

Cheers, Vladimir.

#100832 - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:20:40 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Rodney]
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I´m mainly an "Urevox" fan, but have later discovered a lot of good songs on the "pre-ure" albums, especially the debut album and "Systems of romance".

The first time I heard Ultravox, was on a Cassette (trendy...)that my older brother gave me in 1982. It was "Rage in eden" and I only liked "The voice"(now I think that RIE is almost ther best album). Two years later, two mates had a discussions about which album they prefered: Quartet or Lament. Then "The collection" was released and I gave it a go....and I was a instant fan. I collected every 12 inch single and album. Too my sad surprise, Ultravox had recently played in my country, so I had to wait for the "U-vox" tour in 1986. Luckily I saw them twice at their reunion tours. Kind regards!//Björn

Well, that´s my little story.


#100833 - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:03:11 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Vladimir]
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Originally Posted By Vladimir

I know that there are very few people now who have seen the band during the early 1980s (or even late 1970s) - so any answer from such a person is an especially valueable one.


Are you suggesting we're all getting a little old ?? smile smile

I remember vividly, I heard All Stood Still being played one day when I was at a snooker club, I was in my early teens. I just thought "hey, that's different and exciting, I like that"

and that was it smile followed them ever since

#100835 - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:46:42 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Vladimir]
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In 1989 I borrowed my older cousin's copy of "The Collection" LP. All I'd really heard by Ultravox before then was the Vienna single on the radio/ TV when I was a kid, so it was a revelation to hear all these other great songs they'd released too. I started collecting their albums and singles from that point on.

#100837 - Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:44:21 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Vladimir]
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For me...In 1979 I was into Gary Numan and at that time he namechecked Ultravox and especially Systems of Romance as a big influence and a favourite of his. So I bought it, loved it, then bought the previous 2 albums. I enjoyed all 3. Then the new Ultravox brought out Sleepwalk and I absolutely LOVED that (and still do). So that was that - favourite band status since. smile

#100839 - Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:45:52 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Vladimir]
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My brother came in February 1981 with an album from a band I've never heard before. A black and white cover, four men on it, and a very modern font says: "Ultravox" and "Vienna". This was the start of loving the band and the music, and nothing has changed to this day. It was, it is and it will be my favourite band. And one of the great songs will be played on my funeral for sure

#100842 - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:56:11 Re: Question to the audience [Re: davox]
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It was probably about 1982 ish when I was about 14 and I went to a party thrown by a mate from school. You know the thing, smuggling in vodka in a bottle of coke and 10 consulate in your back pocket!! Anyway at the party Ultravox was played pretty much all night. Up until then I liked a fair bit of music but generally individual songs rather than bands but there was something about Ultravox that intrigued me.

A few weeks later my late dad bought me my first Ultravox single Hymn and my love for the band just grew from there and every album and video I bought.

The Collection album and especially the video was a big draw with the fantastic videos and as I say there was just something a little bit different about them. Maybe it was the fact that they weren't big in the way Spandau and Duran were with all the schoolgirls chasing them, it was almost like Ultravox were a more mature band to like and that's meaning no disrespect to the Duran's and Spandau's. Plus I have been partially deaf for most of my life so music hasn't really been my number one love, I tend more to like movies, so it's a visual thing when you are deaf, so I think the visual of the fantastic videos along with the pumping beat of Ultravox is probably why I leaned more towards them.

Unfortunately I was deemed too young to go to a concert back then so back in 2009 or 10 I can't remember the reunion was a big thing for me. I went to Brighton to see them on the Thursday and went to Hammersmith on the Friday and the next year went to Hammersmith again. All that after never thinking I would see them live. In fact I for my sins am a West Ham fan and 2009, the week of the two concerts I went to I also played at Upton Park, so you can imagine if I could bottle one week in my life it would probably be that!!

Still love most of the music although obviously like most of us I have my favourites. I wasn't over keen on Brilliant but it was still far better than most of the tosh we get these days and I still blare out Vienna most days. Vienna and Hymn are probably the two I will have played at my funeral although Hymn might be a tad devilish for a church, but who cares, I won't be there!!!! In fact I wish I could be with "hymn" written on the service card then Midge blares out from the speakers!!!

Edited by zico (Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:57:28)

#100843 - Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:45:07 Re: Question to the audience [Re: zico]
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Heard Hiroshima Mon Amour, thought I would go buy the single that was out out the time, Passing Strangers. And then thought 'my, that bloke's voice has changed'.

Edited by Alone With Strangers (Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:45:23)

#100857 - Sat, 27 May 2017 23:29:36 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Alone With Strangers]
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I used to be quite an avid ice skater and during the summer holidays 1980 I was at Liverpool Ice Rink awaiting the officials to clear the rink to let the more experienced skaters speed skate,I got on the ice and Sleepwalk came on, I was hooked from that moment on.

#100860 - Sun, 28 May 2017 21:15:16 Re: Question to the audience [Re: Jojo]
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I was dragged along by my cousin to my first ever gig at the Southampton Gaumont to see a band that I had never heard of before - Ultravox, on the Vienna tour.
I don't remember much about the gig, but a short while later they released the single Vienna, which I went out and bought along with the LP and a cassette as well.
I've been hooked ever since and seen them live 6 times (4 times back in the 80's and twice since the reunion).
My musical tastes were definitely shaped by that first gig and I still love electronic music to this day.
I no longer go to live shows as I now suffer quite badly with Tinnitus (probably as a result of listening to Ultravox too loudly!)
I missed the last tour and was really looking forward to the Blueray recording of the show so that I could watch it at home - maybe it will see the light of day at some time in the future........