ULTRAVOX – two live sets + Peel Session ’77

Ultravox gets major short shrift because people immediately associate them with the Midge Ure skinny-tie period, health and not the John Foxx post-punk savagery period. For the Peel Session below, infection the band recorded a track from their first self-titled LP, check and two tracks from their then-brand-new second effort, “Ha! Ha! Ha!”. Foxx’s lyrics are sharp and insightful, just about as pertinent as John Lydon’s words, particularly here on “Artificial Life” and “Young Savage”, two blistering critiques of punk’s fashionable side. The version of “Young Savage” here has more fire and energy behind it than the original studio version, and is my favorite recording of theirs.

Ultravox – Live System: 10.19.77, Stockholm, Sweden (ZIP file)
Ultravox – Slow Motion 78: 12.26.78, The Marquee, London (ZIP file)
Ultravox – Peel Session, 11.21.77 (ZIP file)

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1,275 Responses to ULTRAVOX

  1. Rob says:


    As ever, I will grab these. Pre Midge-Ure, Ultravox were a fine band.

  2. Smoggo says:

    this is awesome…but Midge Ure-era is great too…just not a tough! “New Europeans” ,”Reap the Wild Wind”, and “We Came to Dance”…..just tell me you don’t love that band!

  3. Scott says:

    Okay, if you insist… I don’t love that band. There’s no comparison whatsoever to be drawn between the truly magnificent Foxx-era Ultravox and its later, rather sad, faux-art incarnation.

  4. eddie says:

    Thanks for Ultravox
    It’ rare and wonderful

  5. claw says:

    the way they play songs from the systems of romance is fantastic!
    i agree with scott, ure’s ultravox is somewhat sterile.
    thanks for sharing!

  6. Roberto says:

    really a great find,thanks,one of the best bands of their time,and wasn’t so easy…

  7. Tim Kennedy says:

    Absolument. Ultravox mk 1 were a force indeed. If you go to the official band website you can read Warren Cann’s memoirs which shed some light on the changes in the band. Warren is an ‘interesting’ guy – Ure says his ambition was to shoot a guy dead.

  8. Captain Lockheed says:

    Saw Ultravox! live 1977 and i thought they were magnificent. I guess Ures Ulravox was the price they paid for fame.