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#2374 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 16:19:00 Foxx fans and the internet
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I've been thinking about how I got into John's music, after a conversation I had with Metal Beat Peter last week.

As I've said before, a friend of mine who used to know John many years ago recommended his solo work to me. I think the first thing I did was look in the shops to find nothing, not even a name tag. So I went online, and the rest is history!

I googled "John Foxx" and I think I ended up on metamatic.com almost straight away only to find in the news section that 'Modern Art' was due to be released. Perfect timing or what?!!

But I remember looking at all the album titles and seeing album cover artwork online, and how mysterious and so far out of my reach it all seemed to be. What music was hiding behind all these fascinating album sleeves? But none of it seemed available - until I read soon after that everything was about to be reissued.

And then I found this place a couple of years back. So I owe a LOT to the internet regarding my love of John's music.

I was wondering if the internet had affected anybody else in the same way, in your discovery or re-discovery of John Foxx...

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#2375 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:29:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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Its been a three way journey for me.

Started off in the late 70's buying all the original vinyls of ultravox, foxx, and numan, right up until the mid 80's.
All the information was from tv, radio, and the music press.

Then i bought the whole lot again on cd in the mid 80's, and continued on cds only into '99. By then multu channel tv came into the er.. picture too.

From 2002 i then started with mp3s, j.peg pics, web sites etc. And theres new formats almost every day now. I miss the old album covers, but would not change what we have today.

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#2376 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:36:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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The DJ Mike Read (yes, THAT Mike Read) used to do a show in the evenings on Radio 1 from Manchester which I listened to a fair bit - 1980 ish I suppose. On enight up in my room, on came Underpass. I'd never heard anything like that riff, ever. Knocked me sideways at the time. Next available day I went into town to the 1 little record shop we had in Rugby back then and they had a copy, which I bought.

That was how I discovered solo JF - although I already knew about Ultravox and had Systems of Romance through Numan's name dropping. He's been in my collection since - well, last thing I bought was Modern Art.

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#2377 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 18:41:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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The Interweb wasn't invented when I got into John Foxx...

I think a friend in school leant me "Metamatic" on vinyl, in 1987 (when I was 13?) - his big sister was married to some guy who had all that synth stuff...

I thought it was great. It seemed really "old" to me in 1987, although ironically it was only 2 years since In Mysterious Ways had come out!
Back in 1980 I was too busy learning about multiplying and dividing sums and watching Blakes7 to know about John Foxx...

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#2378 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 00:16:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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Walked into Bararellas (a B'ham punk club) in 1977 and saw this guy prancing around the stage pulling his own pullover all over the place.
That was it. End of story.

It was a little bit before Internet.

I did however live in Brasil throughout the nineties and lost touch totally. When we got Internet, about 97 or so (I think) , I "yahooed" John and found this site. Brilliant!

What would we do without it!
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#2379 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 01:20:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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I think everyone here knows how useful the 'net is for just about everything. I probably wouldn't have rediscovered Foxxy or have known much at all about his career (Metamatic apart) without it. None of the record shops in my local town list him. Even Nottingham is patchy (Selectadisc excepted), as is Sheffield. And certainly his 1990s - present career would have passed me by.

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#2380 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 01:22:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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Good topic Alex. Where would I have been I wonder without the internet? All I would of had is the 3 original Ultravox albums and the first 4 of Johns albums because I thought John had totally dissappeared off of the planet after In Mysterious ways. Now I know that I'm not the only fan of Johns music. I didn't realise just how important the internet would become in my life. Now I can discuss with to others with the same interest in music and meet them. The net also keeps me up to date with any news, rumours and gossip.
Peter

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#2381 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 02:55:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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Fascinating.

We wouldn't be seeing John live this week if it weren't for the internet, let alone know about any of his music releases.
Like most modern technologies, the web seems to have become something we can't live without.
There's everything out there, and I've learned a lot about John not just from here but so many other wonderful places.
Tried experimenting with a few terms and using search engines more effectively turns up all sorts of stuff.

Makes me laugh when you get that message
"try removing quote marks from your search terms to get more results". Who wants MORE results??
Targeted searches are so much more useful - has anyone ever waded through 2,400,567,679 sites looking for something??

Great to see metamatic.com and this site up there in the top hits when you search for John.

I think the web and places like this forum are brilliant.Not least for someone like me who collects music like there's no tomorrow... I've discovered so much more through loving John's work.
Great subject Alex smile

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#2382 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 03:27:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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#2383 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 06:23:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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Used in the right way, the internet is an incredible learning and communication resource. Which unfortunately can also be abused on occasion.

But I do think sometimes - how hard news and information was to come by on bands and so on - all I had growing up was a weekly copy or Melody Maker or Record Mirror... how times have changed - and for the better.

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#2384 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 23:12:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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The internet has certainly been most useful over the last few years: this website and its forum, the metamatic site, and now the myspace site provide all the news, events, gossip, links to reviews and so on. Marvellous!

Then there's Ebay and Amazon and all manner of other sites to buy stuff from! I remember after buying "Three Into One" finding "The Garden" on cassette in Woolies. When I took it to the till they took so long to find the actual cassette I was expecting that they'd lost it in some nook or cranny from 1981. All other John Foxx records in those days ('89-'91) for me came from Oldies Unlimited (who seemed to have stocks of relative obscure things) and record fairs.

Even with the Extreme Voice fanzine, it took a couple of obscure mentions in adverts in Record Collector to realise that "Cathedral Oceans" was actually released and something called "Shifting City" with someone called Louis Gordon who I could never find any info about (no change there then!).

We are fortunate to live in this age. I think.

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#2385 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 23:33:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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Oh I used to love oldies unlimited. smile

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#2386 - Sat, 29 Jul 2006 23:49:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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These days I buy all my CDs from Amazon's new and used (always new, despite the name). Those Channel Isles/US outfits always seem to offer the best online prices. Can't imagine having to go back to buying music from the overpriced, understocked high street retailers. Mind you, I have so many CDs these days I just never get the time to listen to them as thoroughly as I should, so they're usually a bit of a waste of my money if I'm honest. bemused

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#2387 - Tue, 01 Aug 2006 20:09:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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i first heard john foxx on radio1 'round table' on jan 11th 1980. i couldn't believe how wonderful it was. i was a numan fan and had heard about ultravox and john foxx because of that, but immediately i heard john foxx i knew there was no one to surpass him. i too went into cardiff the following day and bought underpass.
he has been the main influence in my life ever since.
when he 'dissapeared' in the mid eighties i tried to keep him alive within myself by constantly listening to old tracks, always trying to hear something new in them.
if it wasn't for the internet i might still be doing that !! they were very dark years for me !!

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#2388 - Sat, 05 Aug 2006 20:27:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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i do remember john foxx on radio 1 'round table', but i have to say i got into him in a very strange way. i was 14 and when i came home from school i sued to watch children's itv, every few day in between programmes they used to play videos and they played 'underpass' over and over again. even at that age the music perfectly coincided with something that was going on inside me.

the internet of course wasn't around then and the only way i could find out about his releases was though the music papers and the constant badgering of my local hmv. i remember an almost interminable wait for 'europe after the rain' and when i finally got it being completely knocked out by the cover. Nowadays on the rare occasion when I am designing cd covers that incident reminds me of how important it is to take it quote seriously that the design should enhance and confirm the experience of listening to the music.

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#2389 - Mon, 07 Aug 2006 17:26:00 Re: Foxx fans and the internet
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i remember those pop videos ! they were usually on before crossroads ! i particularly remember simple minds 'changeling' being on a lot !!

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