Ultravox ... LP Island, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
The great first album from Ultravox – recorded in the mid 70s, produced by Brian Eno, and more of a punk rock record than most of their other work! The style here is really great – often driving and very guitar-based – with short, quirky tunes that remind us a bit of Eno's own rock work of the early 70s – and like those records, this one lies in a similar space between bigger glam and emerging punk. John Foxx is certainly at the height of his powers here – and nicely without cliche – and his fluttering vocals bring a sense of drama to the tunes without going too far. Titles include "Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead", "Wide Boys", "Dangerous Rhythm", "The Lonely Hunter", "My Sex", "The Wild The Beautiful & The Damned", "Life At Rainbow's End", and "Slip Away". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the strangest acts to come from Motown in the early 80s – and almost more of a new wave record than a soul one! The standout hit here is the title track "Somebody's Watching Me" – an odd electro tune that has Rockwell speaking/singing these paranoid lyrics with a vague British accent – but which has Michael Jackson coming in on the chorus to warm up the tune! Sadly, Michael's gone for the rest of the record – so Rockwell takes center stage with tunes that have a soul-based take on styles heard more familiarly by Human League or Ultravox at the time – and which display the real Anglophile bent in American pop at the time. Still, there's a few nice electro moments – and titles include "Obscene Phone Caller", "Change Your Ways", "Runaway", "Wasting Time", and "Knife". CD