Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Song of the Day - Ultravox 6/10/09

Another one of my personal favorites is the Brit Band ULTRAVOX

Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) are a British New Wave band that rose to prominence in the late 1970s/early 1980s. They were one of the primary exponents of the British electronic pop music movement of the early 1980s. The band was particularly associated with the New Romantic movement, although it both pre- and post-dated New Romanticism by several years. They are arguably best known for the song Reap The Wild Wind in the United States and Vienna elsewhere.
This band had two major periods (1973 to 1979, and 1980 to 1986) in which it was, literally, "managed" by two different band leaders, who were never in the band together. In the first period the frontman was
John Foxx, now a successful electronic musician, who oriented the band to experimental sounds and changes of styles (glam, punk, industrial, synthpop, art) until 1979, when he decided to quit to become a soloist and dedicate to electronic and synthpop music; in the second period, Midge Ure was the frontman, and who oriented, along with Billy Currie, the band to a more pop and electronic sound and a commercial success, until 1988, when the group decided to disband. A third major period existed, from around 1992 to 1996, being Billy Currie, the only member who remained in Ultravox since the beginnings, who oriented the band, but with new members but without any success.

"Reap the Wild Wind" is Ultravox's first single from the Quartet album, recorded in Air Studios, London and released on Chrysalis Records on September 16, 1982. It is the only single of its album that charted on the US Billboard Hot 100. The songs on the Album "quartet" are as follows:


Reap The Wild Wind #8 on my Player
Mine For Life
Visions In Blue
When The Scream Subsides
We Came To Dance
Cut And Run
The Song (We Go)

Reap the Wild Wind (single)


Reap The Wild Wind (4:45)

Hosanna (In Excelsis Deo) (4:16)

Have Fun - Brad

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