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Date: 06/11/2024 - Upvotes : 156 - Words : 961

Three Tune Tuesday - Ultravox

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It's a Tuesday, so it's time for #threetunetuesday and a chance to share something I'm listening to.
My last post here was two weeks ago, and continuing with the music, I'm recalling memories from the past with you.

I recall the British band Ultravox today. They began playing in 1974 as a new wave band called Tiger Lily and changed their name to Ultravox in 1976 before signing a major label deal. Between 1980 and 1986, they had seven top-ten albums on the UK charts and released several successful singles.

As previously mentioned, the band initially started as a new-wave group with a glam rock sound. However, with the addition of new singer Midge Ure, they transitioned to a more electronic sound. From their third album onwards, they are regarded as synthpop classics.

Their music prominently featured synthesizers, guitars, and dramatic vocals, often exploring themes of loneliness, alienation, and technological advancement.

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For those of you who are not (yet) familiar with #threetunetuesday or #ttt - these are tags you need to set when you post.
It's a music initiative started by @ablaze, and with his words, the jist is as follows:

Every Tuesday I'm going to share 3 songs that I like to listen to and I invite your feedback in the comments below. Better still, why not have a blast of your own Three Tune Tuesday and mention me in the post and I'll come and find the post and upvote it. If you could also use #threetunetuesday tag that would be great, as that is what I use when sifting through all the entries every Wednesday. It'll be a sweet way for us all to discover new music. You'll also be in with a chance of winning the reward.

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I have chosen a few songs that, in my opinion, best represent the band.

Ultravox - Dangerous Rhytm

Dangerous Rhythm is from their debut album Ultravox! from 1977. It was written when they were still called Tiger Lily. The whole album has a glam rock feel, probably because of the time it was written and that Brian Eno, who was still a member of Roxy Music, helped with the production. It's also interesting because it's different from the others, played in the reggae style that was starting to spread around the island at the time, along with punk. Otherwise, this first album didn't bring any commercial success.

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Ultravox - Vienna

This song is from their fourth album, 1980, with the same title. It is also the first album with a new singer, Midge Ure, who completely reversed their music style, introducing more synthesizers and other electronic instruments and turning more towards pop music. Music critics were skeptical, but the album achieved considerable commercial success in the US, where it was presented as an authentic European mix of German Kraftwerk and Can with a touch of British new wave. Later, when the term synthpop was coined, this album is considered one of the classics of the style.

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Ultravox - The Voice

The song The Voice is from their fifth album, 1981's Rage in Eden. The album continued their electronic synthpop, which is already more complex than on their previous albums. It reached number four in the UK album charts and was a considerable commercial success. The song has a melancholic and somber mood and is about the search for meaning, connection, loneliness, and isolation. It has been used in numerous films and TV shows and has seen several adaptations.

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And a bonus, their biggest commercial hit and a performance at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London, Wembley Stadium, in front of 72,000 people.

Ultravox - Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Live Aid 1985)

That's all for today, thank you for your attention. I hope today's selection was interesting.

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This is my 48th post for #threetunetuesday, which @ablaze started. I hope what I'm sharing is interesting for others too, because then it makes sense.

If you're curious about the fresh music, follow me on #newtunes, or take a look at my rare recordings at 3speak channel - video, or Seckorama's Music Podcast - audio.

If you like jazz, I recommend Jazz-Matinee, a regular Sunday blog by @w74.

More #ttt posts? Take a look at And Rock Goes On, Steve Albini, Paul Weller, Suicide, Steve Hillage, Jorma Kaukonen, Slade, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Opal, The Dandy Warhols, Seasick Steve, Echo And Bunnymen, Morphine, The God Machine, Modern Lovers, New Model Army, Wishbone Ash, Brian Setzer, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.

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Comments :

rafzat :

Aww The dangerous rhythm is really nice All of them are interesting but Iā€™m so particular about it Looks yummy

theringmaster :

My goodness dearest, nice selection right there.. I like the evolution of Ultravox from glam rock to synthpop with Midge Ure. "Vienna" is an all-time favorite for lots of people. Thanks for sharing this, I'm enjoying it wow

djbravo :

I myself, when I am worried, I start enjoying listening to similar beautiful songs. This song is also very interesting.

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w74 :

If you can replace Gary Moore on the guitar in Thin Lizzy, then you must be one of the better ones. From Thin Lizzy to Ultravox, that's like putting on a designer suit and taking off your faded jeans. But as we all know, the Scots can pull off just about anything. scotsman.png The majority of Ultravox fans probably don't even know that Midge Ure has co-founded the Band-Aid Trust with Bob Geldof. One musician with many exciting and surprising facets.

harbiter :

This is the first time I listen to Ultravox and I was very curious. Now I know they're too pop for me šŸ˜… I thought they were more similar to Kraftwerk

beeber :

Hmmmmmmmm I love them ā¤ļø seeing the Titel of your post already was enough to remind of those great days in my youth. Vienna, one of their songs staying in my heart for decades and also: Hymn

Thank you for this reminder