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.