Ultravox was an English new wave band, first fronted by John Foxx on the 1977–78 Island releases Ultravox!, Ha!-Ha!-Ha!, and Systems of Romance. Their early music encompasses ambient vocal numbers (“My Sex”), post-psych chamber rock (“I Want to Be a Machine”), punk (“Young Savage”), and pioneering examples of electro-pop (“Quiet Men”). Midge Ure headed the […]

Midge Ure

Midge Ure — aka James Ure (born Oct. 10, 1953) — is a Scottish vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter from Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, who fronted the bands Slik and the Rich Kids during the mid-to-late 1970s. In 1979, he replaced John Foxx in Ultravox, releasing five albums with the band between 1980 and 1986. At the […]


Slik were a Scottish pop-rock foursome that released a string of singles on Bell Records during the mid-1970s, culminating with a self-titled album on the label in 1976. After scoring hits with the singles “Forever and Ever” and “Requiem,” the band morphed into PVC for one single in 1977. The band continued as The Zones […]


Visage was an English electro/art-pop project that yielded a self-titled album on Polydor in 1980, spawning the hits “Fade to Grey” and “Mind of a Toy.” Further chart and club hits followed with their 1982 release The Anvil, including “The Damned Don’t Cry” and “Night Train.” Both albums feature then-current members of Ultravox (Midge Ure, […]

Ultravox ‎– Vienna (1980)

Vienna is the fourth album by English art rock/New Wave band Ultravox, released in 1980 on Chrysalis Records. Tracklist: A1. “Astradyne” (7:07) A2. “New Europeans” (4:00) A3. “Private Lives” (4:06) A4. “Passing Strangers” (3:49) A5. “Sleepwalk” (3:10) B1. “Mr. X” (6:33) B2. “Western Promise” (5:44) B3. “Vienna” (4:52) B4. “All Stood Still” (4:23) B-side: “Passionate Reply” […]

Visage ‎– Visage (1980)

Visage is the debut album by the namesake New Wave supergroup comprised of Ultravox and Magazine personnel and fronted by Blitz Club impresario Steve Strange. Forwarded by the singles “Tar” and the Euro smash “Fade to Grey,” the album was released in November 1980 on Polydor. Computer programming is done by ex-Easy Street drummer and Landscape […]

Rich Kids

The Rich Kids were an English punk-rock band that released the album Ghosts of Princes in Towers on EMI in 1978. The band was formed by bassist Glen Matlock following his departure from the Sex Pistols and was co-fronted by ex-Slik guitarist/vocalist Midge Ure, who left after one album with drummer Rusty Egan to form […]