Ultravox - Ultravox!

Ultravox - Ultravox!
Artist:
Release Date:
1977
Recording Location:
Island Music Studios, Hammersmith
Styles:
New Wave, Prog-Rock, Punk/New Wave, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Album:
Ultravox!
Recording Date:
1976
Genre:
Duration:
53:21

Depeche Mode claimed to be punks with synthesizers, but it was Ultravox! who first showed the kind of dangerous rhythms that keyboards could create. The quintet certainly had their antecedents -- Hawkwind, Roxy Music, and Kraftwerk to name but a few, but still it was the group's 1977 eponymous debut's grandeur (courtesy of producer Eno), wrapped in the ravaged moods and lyrical themes of collapse and decay that transported '70s rock from the bloated pastures of the past to the futuristic dystopias predicted by punk.

Epic tales of alienation, disillusion, and disintegration reflected the contemporary holocaust of Britain's collapse, while accurately prophesying the dance through society's cemetery and the graveyards of empires that were to be the Thatcher/Reagan years. "Saturday Night in the City of the Dead," "Wide Boys," "The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned," "Dangerous Rhythm," and "Slip Away" all simultaneously bemoaned and celebrated the destruction of Western culture while swaggering boldly through the wreckage; "I Want to Be a Machine" and "My Sex" warned of and yearned for technology's triumph. And it was these apposites and didactic emotions that so pierced the zeitgeist of the day, and kicked open a whole new world of synthesized music. Dangerous rhythms indeed.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Saturday Night in the City of the DeadUltravox2:35
Life at Rainbow's End (For All the Tax Exiles on Main Street)Ultravox3:44
Slip AwayUltravox4:19
I Want to Be a MachineUltravox7:21
Wide BoysUltravox3:16
Dangerous RhythmUltravox4:17
The Lonely HunterUltravox3:42
The Wild, the Beautiful and the DamnedUltravox5:52
My Sex / John FoxxUltravox3:09
Slip AwayUltravox4:12
Modern LoveUltravox2:31
The Wild, the Beautiful and the DamnedUltravox5:18
My Sex / John FoxxUltravox3:05