Monday, January 25, 2010

John Foxx


1-25-10 John Foxx

12" BURNING CAR VIRGIN JPN VIP-5903

1980 6 TRK EP; picture labels, insert

7" BURNING CAR / 20th CENTURY VIRGIN UK VS 360

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" BURNING CAR / 20th CENTURY pic disc VIRGIN UK VSY 360

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, pic disc

12" DANCING LIKE A GUN / SWIMMER I + II VIRGIN UK VS 459-12

1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" ENDLESSLY / A KIND OF WAVE VIRGIN UK VS 543-12

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" ENDLESSLY / DANCE WITH ME VIRGIN JPN VIPX-1722

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" ENDLESSLY / YOUNG MAN VIRGIN UK VS 513

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" ENDLESSLY / YOUNG MAN pic disc VIRGIN UK VSY 513

1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, pic disc

12" EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN VIRGIN UK VS 393-12

1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN / PATER NOSTER VIRGIN JPN VIPX-1618

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN / THIS JUNGLE VIRGIN UK VS 393

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD GARDEN, THE VIRGIN UK CDV 2194

1981 16 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks)

LP GARDEN, THE VIRGIN UK V 2194

1981 10 TRKS 2nd album, large booklet

CD GOLDEN SECTION, THE EDSEL UK EDCD 704

1983 16 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) ('01 issue)

LP GOLDEN SECTION, THE VIRGIN UK V 2233

1983 10 TRKS 3rd album

CD IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS VIRGIN UK CDV 2355

1985 10 TRKS 4th album

LP IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS VIRGIN UK V 2355

1985 10 TRKS 4th album

LP JOHN FOXX (Collection) VIRGIN CAN META 1101

1981 10 TRK Collection

12" LIKE A MIRACLE VIRGIN UK VS 645-12

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" LIKE A MIRACLE / WINGS AND A WIND VIRGIN UK VS 645

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD METAMATIC VIRGIN UK CDV 2146

1980 16 TRKS 6 x bonus tracks

LP METAMATIC VIRGIN UK V 2146

1980 10 TRKS 1st album, Ultravox

7" MILES AWAY / A LONG TIME VIRGIN UK VS 382

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" MY FACE (Flexidisc) SMASH HITS 198082

1980 1 TRK flexi-disc

7" NO-ONE DRIVING (7" x 2) VIRGIN UK VS 338

1980 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7"x2

7" STARS ON FIRE (7" x 2) VIRGIN UK VS 771

1985 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7"x2

7" UNDERPASS / FILM 1 VIRGIN UK VS 318

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" YOUR DRESS VIRGIN UK VS 615-12

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" YOUR DRESS (7" x 2) VIRGIN UK VS 615

1983 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7"x2


I saw Ultravox with John Foxx live a couple of times in 1978 or so. They were already playing “Touch and Go”. I was the natural intended audience for “Metamatic”, when it was released in 1980. I ate it up. Mr. Foxx never came back to L.A. as a live on stage solo act, unfortunately.


I only recently completed by 80’s CD collection of Mr. Foxx’s first 4 solo albums. It took forever for me to find the right version of “The Golden Section” (with the right bonus tracks). The only CD that has the same tracks as the LP is album #4, “In Mysterious Ways”. All the others are healthy with bonus tracks.


I wonder why “Young Love” wasn’t released as the debut John Foxx solo 45? It exists only as a bonus track on the “Metamatic” CD. There’s no 45 of it that I am aware of.


And “Metamatic” is, of course, the most interesting for me. Real tight sound, perfect for serious young insects in 1980. “Metal Beat” was even the name of his record company. Kraftwerk already said “Metal On Metal” – and we’re not talking heavy here! I remember getting the early John Foxx music videos off of “Music Box”, the forerunner of MTV Europe, but I forget if it was “Underpass” or “No One Driving”. We eventually got a PAL VHS video of some of the early Foxx solo music clips.


There were also unique couplings in Japan, Canada – plenty to keep the obsessive fans busy. I remember that I absolutely loved the “Miles Away” b/w “A Long Time” 45. Just loved it, wished that there were whole albums that sounded like that – when they’re weren’t, really. And I felt like I was “in on the joke” with the “Endlessly” 45 – John Foxx plays psychedelic hits.


I probably don’t have every 45 / 12” of his in my original collection – I sort of lost interest at the time of “The Golden Section”, so I didn’t keep up. I was very focused on Australia and New Zealand, as some of you will recall. There wasn’t much going on in England in 1985 that interested me, actually (apart from old UK favorites such as Scritti Politti and A Certain Ratio).


But in 2010, I am OK with the first 4 solo albums by John Foxx. As with the usual law of diminishing averages, I like the first one best.

4 comments:

REVO said...

Finally! An artist where I smoke Ron in terms depth and breadth of collection! I have all of these and a lot more.

REVO said...

Hey! The song of the month for Sue is "Your Dress" by John Foxx. My wife has an unusual power - that of the ability to listen to a song on repeat for hours or even weeks at a time! In the home this will last for hours, but the real long haul is in her car. She is capable of listening to a single song on repeat for weeks at a time in her car.

My hat is off to you, Sue!

REVO said...

I prefer "The Garden" to "Metamatic," though I can see "Metamatic" has an extremity that would make it very attractive to many.

Ron Kane said...

Yep, "Metamatic" is my favorite - as I got to see him on stage with Ultravox at the very end of his tenure (they were already playing "Touch and Go"!), I was waiting for "Metamatic".