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 Band Aid
At one level it means ''a band of musicians getting together to offer aid'' but, at another level, it is also an acknowledgement of the fact that such a gesture is like putting a sticking plaster on a gaping wound and does not address the full extent of the problem of world famine.
The Band Aid 20 single was first played simultaneously on the Chris Moyles show on BBC Radio One and the breakfast shows on Virgin and Capital radio at 8am on 16 November, 2004.
In 1986 the anarchist band Chumbawamba released the album ''Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records'' as well as an EP entitled "We Are The World", jointly recorded with US band A State of Mind, both of which were intended as anti-capitalist critiques of the Band Aid/Live Aid phenomena.
www.artistopia.com /band-aid   (1714 words)

 Thin Lizzy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The band then released a rock version of a traditional Irish tune called "Whiskey In A Jar", which topped the charts in Ireland and made it to number six in England.
It seems however that there was not enough time for this restructured band to get together a full 2 hour set in time for their planned headline performance at the Reading Festival.
Midge was scheduled to join a band called Ultravox in September as vocalist and guitarist, but that band agreed to wait until Midge completed his tour dates with Thin Lizzy, originally expected to be November 1st, but eventually turning out to be late April of the following year.
www.classicbands.com /thinlizzy.html   (1906 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Ultravox
Originally lost in the gap between glam-rock and punk, Ultravox (initially operating, from 1974 to '76, as Tiger Lily) became prime movers of the electro-pop and new romantic movements when they combined synthesizer with the direct and danceable pop music of the new wave.
Ultravox's recast sound included a more symphonic use of synthesizer, layered in deep swells for new heights of sonic density.
Apparently embittered by what he felt was Ure's hijacking of, and eventual dismantling of, the band to further his own career agenda, Currie fought for and eventually won legal rights to the name.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=ultravox   (1865 words)

Like contemporaries Kraftwerk, Ultravox had a hard time gathering a sizable audience, and after four years together the band members, unhappy with the band's progress, began looking for projects beyond Ultravox.
The second band was the '80s incarnation of Visage, with new friends Currie and Ure along with Cann and Cross.
Vienna, the band's first album with Ure, truly raised the bar for the synth acts that were to come, and Ultravox helped create the look and attitude of the new romantics that would follow their lead.
www.80smusiclyrics.com /artists/ultravox.htm   (217 words)

 Midge Ure - Biography - AOL Music
One of the key members of the new wave band Ultravox, guitarist/vocalist Midge Ure began his professional music career with Salvation, a Glasgow-based group that became the bubblegum band Slik in 1974.
Ure spent a brief time with the Misfits (not the American hardcore band) before forming Visage with drummer Rusty Egan and vocalist Steve Strange; he left the group to replace Gary Moore in Thin Lizzy, who left in the middle of an American tour.
In 1985, Ultravox was put on hiatus and Ure began to pursue a full-time solo career.
music.aol.com /artist/midge-ure/5732/biography   (503 words)

 Article about Ultravox in the Record Collector
No ether band in the select coterie of the New Romantics expanded beyond its initial frontiers as radically as the London-based band Ultravox, whose early werk bore all the hallmarks of the scene thanks to the synth experimentalist and frontman John Foxx (real name Dennis Leigh).
That might well have been it for Ultravox, had net the newly arrived Midge Ure's anthemic songwriting resulted in the spectacular Vienna, an album which combined a kind of sixth-form film noir obsession with gothic imagery and synth-rock.
Where the band excelled was in the scope of their talent: Midge Ure and his cohorts could do edgy balladry, upbeat pop and sparse, spiky synthscapes at will.
www.astradyne.org /e/rc_ultravox.htm   (744 words)

 Amazon.com: Vienna: Music: Ultravox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Ultravox effectively staked a place as a rock band that utilised electronic elements and not the other way around and as a result, had a much grander and heavier sound than their feeble Casio derived rivals.
Ultravox first album with Midge Ure is amazing and his vocal skills and ability to write pertinent lyrics is truly astounding.
I like Ultravox in spite of what some fans appreciate Ethat syrupy, over-dramatic quality, and what I think prevented them from becoming bigger than they were, which was a shame because I felt they were underrated and under-played on the radio.
www.amazon.com /Vienna-Ultravox/dp/B00004RIWF   (2016 words)

 Ultravox - Band information and album discography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Ultravox were founders and part of the golden era of synth pop back in the early '80's.
The band was also a tight unit of four personalities which were all needed to create the magic.
But if you're into synth pop, do yourself the favour and dig into history and a band that really marked the '80's and influenced way beyond...
www.lemec.net /ultravox.html   (134 words)

 Tentative Review by The Christopher Currie: Ultravox - Future Picture
Much of Ultravox's strength in the peak years was dependent on Midge Ure's distinctive vocals, and Sam Blue is simply unable to rise to the challenge of matching this -- in fact, he "made for hire" voice is particularly inappropriate here.
Quartet) was the band's "calling card" piece in America (and perhaps in Britain as well) -- with its lush keyboard- scapes and charming vocals, it was easily one of the better synth-pop numbers of the early 1980s.
As it is, this album stands as a monument to a band with no real reason to exist, re-treading its "heritage" in an attempt to retain some manner of credibility.
www.tranglos.com /marek/yes/tr_71.html   (1359 words)

 ULTRAVOX & MIDGE URE - Finest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Ultravox of course should need no introduction, being the once art-house synth rock band guided by John Foxx in the 70’s, which mutated into the polished 80’s synth pop phenomenon fronted by Midge Ure.
That said, much of what is on offer here reminds us what a polished and talented band Ultravox once were before the rot set in around 1982.
This ‘compilation’ doesn't do anyone any favours, least of all the band, which deserves a more fitting retrospective of their work than this.
www.barcodezine.com /revultravoxandmidgeurefinest04052004.htm   (349 words)

 Ultravox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stevie Shears left the band to form the new band Faith Global.
Warren Cann was asked to leave Ultravox at the beginning of sessions for their U-Vox LP in 1986.
Billy reformed Ultravox again in 1992 with Tony Fenelle to record Revelation, and later Sam Blue replaced Tony, lending his voice to their final release, Ingenuity (1996).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ultravox_(band)   (889 words)

 ULTRAVOX: Fact Magazine
It is the Mark II version of Ultravox, fronted by Midge Ure, which tends to be remembered and dismissed as a moment of 1980s indulgence and pomposity.
That judgement is unfair — the impact of the Ure-led Ultravox on techno and house, for instance, should not be underestimated - but it is the first three Ultravox albums, recorded when the band were led by John Foxx, that have been most scandalously neglected.
Ultravox were too arty, too conceptual, to be punk-fashionable, and the album would be no more than a particularly fascinating souvenir of ‘77 were it not for its closing track, 'My Sex.'
www.factmagazine.co.uk /da/38733   (1004 words)

 Amazon.com: The Collection: Music: Ultravox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Ultravox were always a rock band who liked and used electronics to enhance their sound to great effect.
Ultravox never quite achieved legendary status either in the UK or the US but several of their singles did.
This compilation of Ultravox tunes is worthwhile for any New Wave fan, since many of the hits on the CD were featured prominently on radio during the 80s.
www.amazon.com /Collection-Ultravox/dp/B000008LVF   (1245 words)

The band's eponymous debut album, a three-way split between well-chosen covers, the band's own material and some of their mentors' best work ever, spent just one week at the lower end of the British chart, while plans for an American tour that fall were shelved even as Arista unveiled their debut album.
Rejecting the abrasive guitars of their punk-era contemporaries in favor of lushly romantic synthesizers, Ultravox emerged as one of the primary influences on the British electro-pop movement of the early '80s.
At that point the remaining members of Ultravox tapped singer/guitarist Midge Ure, upon signing to Chrysalis, the new line-up recorded Vienna, scoring a surprise smash hit with the single "Sleepwalk," which reached the number two spot on the UK pop charts in 1981 and pushed the LP into the Top Five.
www.angelfire.com /hero/midgeure/thebands   (1316 words)

So many people are rediscovering the band through myspace (as well as many people discovering the band for the first time and "love BC" - their words, not ours!), and its amazing how much and how deeply the band touched so many hearts in the past 25 years.
ultravox were years ahead of the punkscene with mr.
Hi Ultravox, we were friends from the beggining and remain so.
www.myspace.com /ultravox77   (535 words)

 Ultravox – Music at Last.fm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The band was particularly associated with the New Romantic movement, although it both pre- and post-dated New Romantic by several years, drawing inspiration variously from punk,...
Ultravox might not be making music anymore, but if they are, you can help keep other users informed by adding new events when they're announced.
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears in My Eyes.
www.last.fm /music/Ultravox   (261 words)

 Tentative Review by The Christopher Currie: Ultravox - Vienna
Vienna, with the band moving into a fusion of ambience and artistry that would ultimately make them one of the best bands of the new-wave period.
In retrospect, though, it seems obvious that Ultravox was the perfect forum for him -- his soaring voice worked perfectly in the band's synthesizer- based creations, and his presence was a major factor in the band's success during the early '80s.
Instead, the band chose to close the set with "All Stood Still" -- another UK hit, and a very good pop track in its own right, but not a track which really meshes properly with what comes before it.
www.tranglos.com /marek/yes/tr_152.html   (915 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Rage in Eden: Music: Ultravox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The song itself is as pompous and grand as you'd love an Ultravox song to be, but the catchiest and most radio-friendly track on the album (albeit not the best), "I Remember (Death In The Afternoon)" sadly never was a single.
In the same vein as "Dancing With Tears..." it could have given the band an international hit, accompanied maybe by a video featuring Marilyn Monroe footage (as the song is about hearing about Norma Jean's death on afternon radio).
But Ultravox did far more than Vienna, and if that song were on this album I'm sure it would have found itself into a lot more homes.
www.amazon.co.uk /Rage-Eden-Ultravox/dp/B000024S8U   (905 words)

 HOMELAND - Official Midge Ure Website
For a detailed breakdown of all the bands Midge has had a major association with scroll down the page.
Midge had been invited to join the band in May 1977, but after a number of sessions and gigs he turned them down and returned to Scotland to concentrate on Slik/PVC2.
His stay was only very brief, but he played several gigs with the band.
www.midgeure.com /archive/bands.html   (215 words)

 Ultravox.org.uk - the official Ultravox website
We'll try to get at least one or two new things up each week, but please bear with us for a while as we are working on two major Ultravox projects for EMI which will be taking up most of our spare time for a good few months to come.
Words, greeting message sound files, articles, mobile ringtones, Ultravox logos, wallpapers, video stills, Covers Competition entries, etc. We have photo archives from both Chris Cross and Midge Ure which will start appearing in 2007, and our own photo archives which we've already started to add.
The Forum is a vibrant, thriving community of fans, so please do drop in.
www.ultravox.org.uk   (643 words)

 John Foxx   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
He was the original lead singer of the band Ultravox, before embarking on a solo career in 1979.
Among the elements that set the band apart from their contemporaries were Foxx's lyrics and vocal delivery, and Billy Currie's violin and synthesizer playing.
Their first album (the self-titled ''Ultravox!'') was released shortly afterwards, produced by Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite and the band.
www.artistopia.com /john-foxx   (2380 words)

 Utravox page
This is my favorite band, there is so much to say and share, they are definitely a great influence both in my life and in my music.
was to embark on his own musical journey on his own, yet this band was more raw and energetic with Foxx's domineering stage presence and creative songwriting.
This is a strong and poignant album for the band, it contains the most beautiful harmonious vocals and arrangements, a bit nostalgic,sets a precedent for Lament in 1984
www.lausd.k12.ca.us /Lankershim_El/web_pages/ultravox.htm   (268 words)

 THREE INTO ONE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
It’s a great entrée into John Foxx’ tenure with the band, although a little tricky to track down.
I originally owned it on vinyl, lost that copy, and recently purchased a cassette version that featured a blank side of chrome tape on side two (billed as the short-lived and presumably unsuccessful “One Plus One” process).
The pitfall of such a process should be obvious, as someone apparently recorded over the side of music that originally contained the Ultravox songs.
www.connollyco.com /discography/ultravox/three.html   (124 words)

 Sleepy Brain: Biomorphic Horror » John Foxx: Seductive Whirlpools, Part 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Ultravox have come in for their share of criticism since Island Records launched them with a bang eight months ago and amidst the flashing lights and polyvinyl jackets the band looked like they would bow out with a whimper.
We were entirely a working class band, so we were determined not to act out the pleb role the more middle-class writers seemed to expect.
The first three Ultravox albums, recorded when the band were led by John Foxx … have been most scandalously neglected … Systems of Romance produced a template for synthetic rock that Gary Numan, Duran Duran and others would follow.
www.sleepybrain.net /john-foxx-seductive-whirlpools-part-2   (3647 words)

 News Of The World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
But with the release of the band's debut on his label, Saville Row Recordings, this is the first project Watson has had a hand in with such a "pronounced" British flavor.
Unlike most bands who play their material in clubs for two years before interpreting it in a studio, Eurovox used the studio to craft its stage-ready material before it ever played out, with one eye on the "keep it simple, stupid" principle.
The band is looking forward to touring the UK in the near future, where their record is enjoying a growing popularity, and next up for the band is a Fourth of July festival in Seattle.
www.eurovoxuk.com /news.html   (4337 words)

 Sinews Of The Soul - Liner Notes
I was a founding member of the hugely influential band Ultravox, and whilst with the band in the 70's and 80's recorded eight albums.
I was so incensed by being blocked and having the band name taken from me by Midge Ure and Chris Morrison that I had no choice but to fight my corner.
Chrysalis loved the band, which had gigged under a few names at that point, but perpetuated the fight by telling me that Midge Ure was still in the group so why should they accept this new line up as Ultravox.
www.billycurrie.com /linernotes.html   (1313 words)

Although obviously indebted to pioneers Kraftwerk and David Bowie, Ultravox sought a punkier sound than either on Systems of Romance.
The result sometimes feels like a cross between The Stranglers (or The Who’s early music) and Vienna-period Ultravox: “When You Walk Through Me,” “Some of Them,” “Someone Else’s Clothes.” That more visceral style may be due in part to the participation of new guitarist Robin Simon, who replaced Steve Shears for this album.
Here, the band’s sound is still infused with a youthful energy, which I’ve always preferred to the grandiloquent disco music of later years.
www.connollyco.com /discography/ultravox/systems.html   (251 words)

 Musik - Bandgeschichte Ultravox (www.lunar-bay.de)
Jetzt sollte die Band ihren großen internationalen Durchbruch schaffen und hohe Maßstäbe für kommende Bands setzen.
Die Band probierte ohne ihren Ideengeber auch auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen, doch der gewünschte Erfolg blieb aus.
Aber es schien so, als hätte Ultravox alles über ihre Gefühle gesagt, was es zu sagen gibt.
www.lunar-bay.de /musik/biog/ultravox.htm   (469 words)

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