Posted by: Rodney

'Ukraine' - Sun, 28 Nov 2004 07:44:00

Dear Billy,

I've always wondered about the origins of this track since first hearing it on your Stand Up And Walk album. You've explained that it came from the demo sessions in your studio with Chris and Warren in 1986.

Is the track, as it appears on Stand Up And Walk, the original recording with Chris and Warren, or is it actually something that you've put together utilising bass synth' and a drum track recorded back in 1986?

Regards from New Zealand...
Posted by: Billy Currie

Re: 'Ukraine' - Mon, 29 Nov 2004 01:08:00

It,s the Original Recording Rodney.
I added Viola to it when I decided to have it on "Stand Up And Walk".
Posted by: Rodney

Re: 'Ukraine' - Mon, 29 Nov 2004 14:07:00

Thank you very much for your reply, Billy. I personally find Ukraine to be a highlight of the U-Vox recordings...

In hindsight, it is a great pity that Chris, Warren and yourself didn't continue on as Ultravox and record that 1986 album as a three-piece (if you'd been able to keep Chris around long enough!) shock .

I've already asked you about the B-side track, '3' (in my opinion, one of the most beautiful melodies you've ever composed, Billy, and that track was just you and Chris...) and I think you'll find that most Ultravox fans agree that the Cann/Cross/Currie composition, Paths And Angles is also, undeniably, a huge Ultravox moment.

In fact, Majestic on the Ingenuity album, is another powerful Ultravox track, proving, yet again, that you could certainly sound like the band without the need for the magic song formula.

Still, that's history, eh?

Thanks again, Billy.

Posted by: Chris C

Re: 'Ukraine' - Mon, 29 Nov 2004 17:34:00

The track means a lot me...My wife is Ukrainian and my son is called Billy!!
My wife mentions that Warren's drum tracks are taken from folklore from the nearby Carpathian Mountains. My wife's from Lviv.A city with Austro-Hungarian and Polish heritage.

Billy's synth tracks are as Ultravox as one can get!

I love the Stand up and Walk album.

Listen to French Viola. Perfect.

The title track is another of my favourites.

Majestic from Ingenuity is brilliant and so is the title track.

The track with Hazel O'Connor is a simple but emotional track and of course has one of Billy's classic synth breaks.

Theremin and Into the Space are great tracks.

India is my favourite from Transportation.

Well what can we say about The Great Incontestable Star(s).

The song is spacey and our Billy is brilliant like the title.

Chris C
PS Look forward to Still Movement smile
Posted by: Sleepwalker

Re: 'Ukraine' - Mon, 29 Nov 2004 23:35:00

Billy...How do i go about obtaining a copy of your latest work??? excited
Posted by: Si_W

Re: 'Ukraine' - Tue, 30 Nov 2004 01:49:00

Originally posted by Sleepwalker:
Billy...How do i go about obtaining a copy of your latest work??? excited
You could buy it, a novel concept... wink laugh nutjob
Posted by: Oesterreicher II

Re: 'Ukraine' - Tue, 30 Nov 2004 06:45:00

What, fer money ?
Posted by: scaryduck

Re: 'Ukraine' - Wed, 01 Dec 2004 02:25:00

For a small fee, I could hum it for you.