Over the summer of 2015, I completed the first draft of a manuscript I have been working on for three years, something that approximates to biography of John Foxx.
Provisionally titled INFINITE IN ALL DIRECTIONS, the “book” – which exists in the form of a timeline at the moment – runs to 955,000 words and covers over 800 pages. I started researching in in 2003 after the Scala gig with Louis Gordon
This blog is an idea I had to monitor developments to the timeline as I work it up and undergo editorial revision and changes.
I have included (at least to start with) all the other peripheral Foxxian activity that I get up to in the hope that one day it will all make sense and that I can trace how I got to the eventual end. Wherever that might take me…
7 October 2017
Published next chapter in 40 Years Of Foxx
6 October 2017
Anniversary of the release of ROckwrok
4 October 2017
An evening catching up with retrospective items in the Media Archive
2301 – Image on FB of a promotional poster for In Mysterious Ways (Sept 1985)
2302 – Article on Ultravox in German Fanzine No Fun (Oct 1978)
2303 – Article on Ultravox in German Fanzine Pretty Vacant (Oct 1978)
2304 – Advert for Ultravox! (and others) at Leeds Poly in New Pose fanzine (Sept 1977)
2305 – Advert for The Golden Section in Number One magazine (October 1983)
2306 – Overlooked these extracts of the new material with Belbury Circle at Soundcloud
2307 – Article by Stephen Mallinder in Sheffield fanzine Horn references Underpass
1 October 2017
2300 – Interview with John Foxx on his latest projects at RockCult (Russia)
29 September 2017
2299 – Ransom Note publish a track-by-track guide to The Machine by John Foxx
25 September 2017
2296 – Photographer Brian Griffin releases promos of his new book ‘Pop’ including a commentary on his work with John Foxx in 1983
2297 – Retrospective interview Ballad of a Thin Man in the Hot Press (Dublin, Nov 1983)
2298 – Review of The Machine + Translucence/Drift Music/Nighthawks at The Arts Desk
24 September 2017
Anniversary of the release of Evidence (2012)
23 September 2017
Anniversary of Ultravox gigs at Eric’s in Liverpool in both 1977 and 1978
22 September 2017
2293 – Review of The Machine by Ange Chan at We Are Cult
2294 – Review of The Machine by Stephen Dalton in Uncut (November 2017)
2295 – Review of The Machine by Keiron Tyler in Mojo (November 2017)
Hannah Peel releases her third studio album ‘Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia’ on real World records, to widespread critical acclaim.
John Foxx responds via Twitter:
“Looks like this is the one Hannah! Great to see your work getting the attention it deserves.”
Release: The Machine released worldwide (amazon etc)
21 September 2017
2292 – The Quietus presents a track-by-track guide to Translucence / Drift Music / Nighthawks by John Foxx
20 September 2017
2290 – Review of Translucence / Drift Music / Nighthawks by Jamie at Vinyl Chapters
2291 – News from Cherry Red Records of a 5-disc Post-Punk compilation, featuring
Young Savage (Track 1 of 111)
16 September 2017
2289 – New interview with John Foxx by Keith How at Penny Black Music
15 September 2017
Steve Lamacq at BBC6 Music plays No-One Driving on his 4pm afternoon show
Gary Numan releases his twenty-first studio album ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ on BMG, which enters the UK album chart at No. 2, his highest profile since 1980.
John Foxx responds via Twitter:
“To Gary & Gemma & Ade. Superb! Well done everyone. Good to see you high in the charts again, Gary.”
Anniversary of an Ultravox gig at The Penthouse in Scarborough (1978)
Anniversary of the release of Evidence Of Time Travel (2014)
14 September 2017
2288 – Retrospective. Photo of John by Herbie Yamaguchi in Rockin’ F (Japan, 1980)
11 September 2017
2284 – Review of London Overgrown by Mike Barnes in the Wire (November 2015)
2285 – News of The Virgin Years in Record Collector (September 2014)
2286 – Review of B-Movie and Evidence Of Time Travel in the same piece by Ian Shirley in Record Collector (November 2014)
2287 – News from Ghostbox in the form of a published tracklist for The Belbury Circle album Outward Journeys. John Foxx features on Trees and Forgotten Town
10 September 2017
2283 – Review of The Machine at Louder than War
Noticed online today that both iTunes and Boomkat list the new the album from The Belbury Circle for pre-order, pending official release on 3rd November.
8 September 2017
Anniversary of the release of Systems Of Romance (1978)
prompting some discussion of the release date, shown on Three Into One as 12th Sept
2282 – Retrospective addition. Review of the Harold Budd boxset at Classic Rock
Release of John Foxx / Harold Budd / Ruben Garcia boxset 3-disc vinyl
40 Years of Foxx update – September 1977
6 September 2017
Sad news – the death of Holger Czukay
4 September 2017
2281 – Retrospective. Advert for Metamatic / Underpass confirmed in NME (Feb 1980)
2280 – Retrospective. Advert for Metamatic at WHSmith in NME (Feb 1980)
Release of Nation 12’s Electrofear (no specific date known)
BCB Art Gallery updates homepage with John Foxx artwork
3 September 2017
Anniversary of John Foxx performance of Europe – After The Rain on Top of The Pops (1981)
2 September 2017
Anniversary of Ultravox performance at Canet Festival (Spain, 1978)
1 September 2017
2279 – Extensive new interview The Disobedient Machine at Post Punk in USA
Plus follow-up with PS confirmation that John recorded material with Robin Simon at Benge’s place earlier ‘several months ago’
Anniversary of the release of Your Dress (1983)
Anniversary of most UK press reviews of Europe- After the Rain (9181)
2277 – A Beginners Guide to Jori Hulkkonen by Chi Ming Lai makes several references to Hulkkonen’s work with John Foxx
2278 – An overlooked review of The Machine for flipside by Paul Pledger (March 2017)
Further discussion with RH about the presentation of A New Kind Of Map at metamatic.com
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Translucence + Drift Music (2003)
2276 – Advert for Metamatic from NME in June 1981
Further correspondence with Phnuff, resulting in the submission of a diary entry that suggests Bleach Boys supported Ultravox! on 9th April 1977
This clashes with an historic gig listed on that date at The Priory Hotel in Scunthorpe.
I have been in touch by email with The Priory to ask if they have historic records.
2275 – Review of The Machine in Classic Pop (October 2017)
2275 – Review of Translucence / Drift Music / Nighthawks in Mojo (October 2017)
Published this walk-through guide to the Translucence album
On the anniversary of the (alleged) gig supporting Caravan in 1977 at which Ultravox! (allegedly) did not play because of a fight, I received an email from Caravan’s biographer expressing with some confidence that this is a myth and in fact “Ultravox’ may have been confused with “Uriah Heep”. I have asked for further anecdotes and info, but it seems apparent that this was never even a ‘did not play’ gig…
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Europe – After the Rain (1981) along with some discussion of the use of the hyphen in the title
2273 – Picture of and article on John Foxx from Player magazine (Japan 1980)
2272 – Review of The Machine at Penny Black Music
2271 – Review of The Machine at Goldmine Collector’s Magazine in the US
2269/2270 – Two pieces referencing John Foxx on compilation albums from NME in November 1980
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Slow Motion (1978)
2265 – A Gary Numan archivist provides review of No One Driving from Michigan Daily press, April 1980
2266 /67/68 – Three Marquee flyers, dated July 1977, August 1977 and February 1978
2263 – New perspective review of Ha! Ha! Ha! in Classic Pop October 2017
2264 – Interview with Zeus B Held by Chi Ming Li at The Electricity Club
“John is a multi-talented very intelligent artist and we met at an interesting moment in our lives, but we didn’t make the kind of mutual masterpiece which we could have done.”
2260 – Brian Eno Changed My Life at The Vinyl factory.
John Foxx (among others) chooses his favourite Eno record (Another Green World)
2261 – Copy of the first, official press release for the Destination ‘single’, 2010
2262 – Leftfield on Leftism at The Skinny. Paul Daley on Systems Of Romance
2259 – We Are Cult post a news item announcing the release of The Machine on CD, vinyl and download on 22nd September 2017 AND news that “JFATM have recorded a new song-based album due out in autumn 2018”
This is a ‘leak’. Shared and re-Tweeted by Metamatic Records, therefore presumably endorsed, but with no official follow-up or announcement?
40 Years Of Foxx – updated for August 1977
Anniversary of gig at PC69 in Bielefeld, Germany (2002)
Shared Adrian Boot photograph of Ultravox from April 1978.
Taken in the central reservation of the A4, outside Island Studios in Hammersmith
2257/58 – Two small news features from NME, December 1979 (SD)
Passed these to JM in Spain with thanks
2253 – Overlooked this review of The Shape Of Things by Stevo (April 2012)
2254 – New perspective review of Systems Of Romance in Classic Pop September 2017
2255 – Trouser Press interview with Steve Lillywhite references Ultravox! (April 1982)
2256 – Ultravox gig at The Edge, Toronto is referenced in this excellent memoir by Dave Bidini in Canada’s National Post
2251 – A review of Translucence / Drift Music / Nighthawks in Record Collector
2252 – A review of Translucence / Drift Music / Nighthawks in Uncut
Came upon this photo gallery of pictures taken at the 2016 Europe After The Rain exhibition at the Hawke centre in Adelaide
Ghost Box announce the forthcoming release of a debut album Outward Journeys by The Belbury Circle, which will includes two songs featuring John Foxx on vocals
Anniversary of the release of Burning Car (Vinyl single, 1980)
2250 – Billboard (February 1979) publish an article on the re-opening and re-fitting of Hurrah club, New York which references Ultravox playing there soon
Includes description of the upgraded sound system at the club and details of its local status.
Also references that Ultravox tracks feature regularly in DJ sets at the club.
Quiet Men via Jim Fourrat…?
2249 – ‘Person 2 Person‘ interview with John Foxx in No.1 Magazine (July 1983)
Interesting piece, in which Foxx suggests that Hiroshima Mon Amour would be his song of choice for David Bowie to cover
Added a further six reviews and listings from US music papers and College newspaper archives. Now 2248 items
Created revised, updated list of Ultravox dates in America
38 gigs over 28 days – 23rd Feb to 23rd March 1979
Significant updates following links to US newspaper websites on the back of ongoing conversations with JM (Spain) – 40 items added (mostly listings and adverts) for the American tour of Feb/March 1979
Analysis of this in due course will lead to a review of listed Live Dates
Release: THE MACHINE vinyl LP (META62LP) with silver sleeve by Jonathan Barnbrook
2202 – News via Facebook that the Harold Budd vinyl boxset is now available to pre-order from amazon, and the release date is moved to September 1st.
2201 – Cazzfoxx loads a picture of John from Rockin F (September 1981) NOW BURNING
Received a copy of the Birmingham Royal Ballet souvenir programme with Leigh’s cover art, photographed by Neil Waterson. Credit to individuals, not CD & T
Having previously thought the figures on the front were an extract from a renaissance painting (possibly Caravaggio), credit inside the programme informs that it is a promotional photograph of the BRB’s two principle dancers taken during rehearsals.
2200 – TEC interview Steve Jansen which includes a brief reference to his work with John Foxx on A Secret Life
2199 – Gary Numan’s ‘top electro tracks’ published in The Guardian, including notes on Ultravox Slow Motion
Following up the CD&T posters leads to discovery of artwork for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1993, promoting their production of Delibé’s SYLVIA in 1993
Tidying the book cover archive lead to an exploration of other artwork, and a discovery of two posters produced by CD & T for English Natural Opera that bear all the hall marks of Dennis Leigh’s style.
Also images online from the cover and inside of CD & T’s environmental programming brochure developed for Central Television c1994
Revisited the book covers archive, eliminating duplicates etc.
There are 46 book titles known, included works for Channel 4 television and Wulfrun college. Further listings refer to books with artwork INSIDE, not jacket illustrations
Purchased A2 presentation folder in which to display and store book covers
Discovered a jacket illustration I have not seen before, and purchased a first edition copy.
The 50th title in the archive
Book cover archive
050 – JM Coatzee: The Master of Petersburg (Vintage, February 1994)
2198 – Issue 6 of POGO TIL I DIE fanzine (Preston, 2003).
Contains interview with John Foxx conducted in April 1998 (SD)
Transcribed recent Echoes podcast with Foxx on Delia Derbyshire
2197 – Personal anecdote from Thomas Leer on hearing of his influence on John Foxx (SD)
2196 – Feature on John Foxx ahead of Golden Section concert in Rome (Italy, Dec 1983)
2194 – Review of Systems Of Romance by Kai Martin in unknown Swedish paper (RH)
2195 – News of Metamatic and Underpass in a Polish magazine (March 1980)
2191 – Teen pop ‘pin up’ style feature from Dutch Magazine Joepie (c.Oct 1981)
2192 – Review of Systems of Romance in Dutch newspaper Leidse Courant (Nov 1978)
Two complete listens to Cathedral Oceans III in the church this afternoon, enabling me to finish my narrative and update notes on all three albums REFLECTED here
2193 – At Echoes.org John Diliberto records a podcast celebrating Delia Derbyshire’s 80th Birthday. John Foxx is among those interviewed, in which he recalls the impact of hearing the Dr Who theme in 1963
Three new additions sent through by JM (Spain)
2187 – Musica Y Tecnologia (Spain, May 1986) five page feature on the Garden studio
2188 – Revisita Rock Espezial No. 29 (Spain, 1984) two page feature on Foxx by M. Diumenjó
Cover only. Online purchase
2189 – Vibraciones monthly magazine No. 87 (Spain, 1981) features John Foxx on the cover and article inside. Cover only. Online purchase
Later this evening, RH sends through photos of the Vibraciones article
2190 – Advert online for the MUSIC MACHINE gig with MasterSwitch in May 1977
Tweeted anniversary of the OMD support gig (London Roundhouse, 2013)
Tweeted anniversary of the OMD support gig (Ipswich, 2013)
Tweeted anniversary of the MUSIC MACHINE gig in Camden 1977
All recent media items listed and filed. Two further additions
2186 – ULTRAVOX featured under ‘U’ in the NME Book Of Modern Music published at the end of 1978
Situation Vacant fanzine No. Four lists a feature on Ultravox in Issue 4, but the date of publication is hard to find, and do content is available. Contemporaries also listed Adam & The Ants, PiL, Cabaret Voltaire and TG. Adam & The Ants inclusion suggests 1979/80, which would be post-Foxx
Tweeted anniversary of the OMD support gig (Nottingham, 2013)
The run of media items continues.
2183 – Full page advert for Stars On Fire single from No. 1 magazine (June 1985 – via JM)
2184 – Half page advert for Endlessly single from No. 1 magazine (July 1983 – via JM)
2185 – Dutch newspaper clipping advertising the Groningen gig (August 1977 via FM)
Tweeted anniversary of the OMD support gig (Birmingham, 2013)
An unprecedented day of archiving material from European sources, with especial thanks to FR (Netherlands) and JM(Spain)
2171 – Profile of Ultravox 1976-78 by Javier Pinango in Ruta66 Magazine (Spain, July 1994)
2172 – Profile of Ultravox 1976-78 by Ramon de Espara in Disco Expres (January 1979)
2173 – 2181
Nine items from Dutch newspapers (not music papers) listing and reviewing gigs in the country 1977 – 1978. Details refer to FOUR more gigs in the country not specifically listed in the archive, though reference to ‘gigs in Holland’ is noted at the appropriate dates
Stadsparkpaviljoen, Groningen on 10th November 1977
Paradiso, Amsterdam on 11th November 1977
Eksit, Rotterdam on 12th November 1977
At present the latter is only one listing in one paper and no further evidence is forthcoming. The others are listed in several places and reviewed.
Donkiesjot, Sittard on 12th March 1978
This coincides with a gig in Stokvishal on 10th March and Brussels on 11th
2182 – Reference to Ultravox song ROCKWROK in an article of swearing in songs published in a local newspaper in NSW, Australia
Tweeted anniversary of the OMD support gig (Margate, 2013)
2167 – review of the Altantis Club gig (February 1979) in the Washington Post
2168 – one of the NME pages scanned (below) gives ‘news’ of the Lyceum gig, and confirms warm up dates in Wolverhampton and Northampton, December 1978
2169 – review of Systems Of Romance online from Rip It Up magazine (New Zealand, March 1979)
The above (2168) is the only NEW item for the Media Archive from the 8 scans received.
Two of the others confirm that two different versions of the same advert for the LYCEUM gig were published in the same edition of NME on 9th December 1978
Media item 1250 – previously thought to be from SOUNDS – is now confirmed as NME, announcing Ultravox first tour (March 1977)
A fabulous day for the Media Archive, thanks to Javier Martin.
A stunning poster:
2170 – Poster advertising Ultravox live at De Beuk, Middelburg in the Netherlands on 19 August 1977.
New for the archive, but venue is difficult to read
Perfect date, as they were scheduled for a gig in Ostende on 21st
Metamatic, Twitter and Townsend official store announce the release of the three Harold Budd albums on vinyl, with limited edition signed print by Foxx – 11th August
Media archive 2165 – news
Metamatic and Townsend official store announce the release of The Machine on vinyl – 7th July
Media archive 2166 – news
Received 8 pages scanned from NME and Melody Maker in response to Sundays at the Lyceum post, which will confirm dates and sources of existing items etc
Purchased a first edition copy of A Dead Man in Deptford for the dust jacket
Tweeted anniversary of The Passions recording Sanctuary album in The Garden (1982).
Foxx is credited with ‘THANKS’ on the back of the sleeve.
Tweeted anniversary of the last of five night’s residency at Club Gibus in Paris (1977)
Tweeted anniversary of the last of five night’s residency at the Marquee (1978)
Tweeted anniversary of a John Foxx & Louis Gordon gig in Portsmouth (1998)
Tweeted anniversary of All Tomorrow’s Parties gig in Camber Sands (2005)
2163/1264 – Two local press adverts for the Chancellor Hall gig in Chelmsford, 1977
Two Japanese articles uploaded to FB, both already liste d in the archive. Dates and sources now confirmed (different to original listings)
1977 – Do The Mutation UK Tour
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at The Marquee in Soho (1977)
No gig is listed for 14th April 1977?
2161/1262 – Research at Companies House online via Metamatic interests
1977 – Do The Mutation UK Tour
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at cafe Lafayette in Wolverhampton (1977)
1977 – Do The Mutation UK Tour
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Top Rank in Brighton (1977)
1977 – Do The Mutation UK Tour
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Rock Garden in Covent Garden (1977)
Last UK performance of The Machine Stops
2160 – Press cutting (unknown source) advertising 20th Century Box and referencing Foxx (June 1980)
Release – Hannah Peel’s HOPE LASTS EP on digital download.
John Foxx appears as guest vocal on the bonus track CARS IN THE GARDEN
Florian Schneider’s 70th birthday.
Tweeted a link to Nation 12’s ‘Florian’ in his honour
2158 / 2159 – Reviews of The Machine Stops theatre tour referencing the soundtrack
Invited feedback on gigs during this week in 1977 – there is a gap in the archive
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Tiffany’s in Edinburgh (1977)
Published 40 YEARS OF FOXX – April 1977
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Top Rank in Sheffield (1977)
Tweeted anniversary of the Ultravox! debut gig at Eric’s in Liverpool (1977)
Invited feedback via Twitter on any Teardrop Explodes sessions at The Garden Studio
Located three interviews with Foxx online here on The Garden studio.
All archived as hardcopies, but not previously seen on the internet
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at the 76 Club in Burton-on-Trent (1977)
One of Chris Cross ‘worst gigs’ of all time.
Feedback invited and welcomed at the venue’s website
2156 – Postpunkmonk’s articulate review of The Machine includes
2157 – a review in response by Echorich
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Shifting City and Cathedral oceans (1997)
2155 – Simon Dell sends through a page from in the City magazine (April 1979) announcing news of John Foxx spilt with Ultravox
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx last gig with Ultravox (Redondo Beach, CA 1979)
2154 – Paul Pledger’s review of The Machine makes some interesting parallels
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx penultimate gig with Ultravox (Riverside, CA 1979)
Most popular tweet to date with 165 engagements
2152 – found online a poster advertising the gig at The Fleetwood in 1979
2153 – Advert for Slow Motion EP (1981) on the back cover of London Music Magazine “Trax” (4th March 1981)
Tweeted anniversary of the publication of both TITUS ANDRONICUS and ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Arden book covers
2151 – Electronic Sound preview the Hannah Peel & John Foxx ‘duet’ Cars In The Garden
Saw The Machine Stops at Jackson’s Lane, Highgate.
This time, the musical score was a little too loud and crashed the dialogue on stage.
Also saw the ROBOTS exhibition and bought the excellent soundtrack album
Magnetic Fields release the album 50 Song Memoir, including the track Foxx & I
Tweeted anniversary of gigs at Bookies Club 870, Detroit (1979) and located a new photo of the band for the archive
Tweeted anniversary of gigs at The Edge in Toronto (1979)
Tweeted anniversary of gigs at Two-Act in Munich (1978) and at Paradise Theater Boston MA (1979)
Found a full recording on youtube of the gig at Sala Apolo, Barcelona in 2004.
This enabled an update of the Support for this gig – local band Sistema
Also watched Evidence Of Time Travel in Dusseldorf for the first time.
2150 – overlooked John Foxx epitaph on Mark Fisher from January 17th
Tweeted anniversary of gigs at Elzerhof in Mainz, Germany (1978) and at Paradise Theater Boston MA (1979)
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Universität in Tübingen, Germany (1978) and at Paradise Theater Boston MA (1979)
2149 – Two-page interview with John Foxx shared by Cazzfoxx from FM Fan magazine,(Japan) October 1983
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Scheffelhalle in Singen, Germany (1978) and the last of three nights at Hurrah! in New York (1979)
News / Media Archive
2147 – Official sources announce the gig at Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 27th July, where John Foxx & The Maths will support Gary Numan. Poster artwork launched
2148 – Picture of John Foxx shared by Cazzfoxx from Fool’s Mate, July 1983
News / Media Archive
2145 – Hannah Peel announces the release of her next single ‘Hope Lasts’ in April. The release includes a bonus track Cars In The Garden featuring guest vocals by John Foxx
In November, ahead of her album launch in Shoreditch, Hannah announced on social media that she would be joined by John Foxx on stage. This was never officially confirmed and in the end he did not appear or perform, but it would have been to sing with her on this track. Instead, Foxx was replaced on the evening by Erland Cooper (Hannah’s colleague in the Magnetic North)
2146 – Interview online with Steve Lillywhite (Tape Op mag, 2012) in which he references the Ultravox! album
This interview is referenced in (and was located online via) 2143 in Duffuser
News / Media Archive
2144 – Music News (London based agency) posts news of a one-off Gary Numan gig in Liverpool in July, at which he will be supported by John Foxx & The Maths
No news from official channels representing Numan, Foxx or venue (Liverpool)
Tweeted 40th anniversary of the release of Ultravox! debut album
2141 – this articulate appraisal of the debut album by Dalton Koss
2142 – Added a recent post at The Quietus in which Benge presents a review of his favourite albums. No Foxx reference.
2143 – Diffuser Magazine online (based in Greenwich) post and appraisal of Ultravox! debut album by Brian Wawzenek
Used The Quietus interview as an opportunity to set up a new folder for the 2017 Media Archive.
Checked the UK music press for more reviews of The Machine but none are forthcoming.
Brief but amusing exchange with Chris Watts, In The Moog, playing Mark Reeder’s Long, Dark and Sinister remix of Underpass on his Cotswold Radio Show
Worked on ARCHIVE Year Summary 2016 for the website, and new draft of brief notes on each track for Metamatic
2140 – Chris Roberts post an excellent profile of the 1977 albums at The Quietus
Ultravox were post punk before punk had ended and pre punk before punk had started
News from Simon Dell that John Foxx has flu and his interview is cancelled
2139 – Paul Boddy reviews The Machine for The Electricity Club
News from Simon Dell at Encyclopaedia Electronica that he has successfully arranged an interview with John Foxx in respect of his Thomas Leer project.
This is set to take place at Somerset Studio on the Strand (Lonelady’s place) next Thursday (23rd Feb)
Downloaded all 26 issues of Slash fanzine from Los Angeles, CA via circulationzero and donated £10 to Medicines San Frontiers
2132 – Review of the Ultravox! album by CB in Vol 1, No2 June 1977 “riding on the thin edge of pretentious bloated crap”
2133 – Review of the Quiet Men single by Chris D in Vol 2, No4 March 1979 “the equivalent of two sides of nearly empty air. No place to go but hell”
2134 – In the TOP OF THE FLOPS list May 1979, each Slash contributor lists songs they especially like. Will l’Amato lists Touch & Go by Ultravox (from the Whisky show)
2135 – Review of the first Whisky show by Sickboy in Vol 2, No 5 (May 1979) “fucking annoying”
Several nice anecdotes in this review: the support band didn’t show up; Ultravox were VERY late starting; John Foxx was disinterested and unconvincing
2136 – Response to the above in June 1979 by a fan defending the band
2137 – One further piece from Dry magazine (#11 – New York, Dec 1981)
Short one-line review of Europe After The Rain:”after about a minute you’ll wanna puke”
Also today, finished reading and thus archived Andrew Marvick’s essay
2138 – Un-Selfies: The Dissolution of Identity in 20th and 21st Century Art
Unalike in background, age, style, medium and visual idiom, both David Ostrowski (German non-representational artist, b.1981) and Leigh nonetheless epitomize in their artistic themes the evanescence of identity and the evaporation of the personal in a spreading haze of anonymity.
Leigh (born in Chorley, Lancashire in 1948) was trained in the 1960s as a student of pop artist Peter Blake at the Royal College of Art.  He developed an early sympathy with post-constructivist hopes of a new direction of “fine art” for the general public, and as such was influenced by Soviet constructivist diagram-based design – particularly that of El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky; 1890-1941 [61a]), from whom he took a trademark strategy for depersonalizing the persona: the motif of blue- and-red diagrammatic wires called “proun” lines (like “dada,” “proun” is a nonsense word). Here is El Lissitzky’s Proun (1924-25), together with an early book-cover illustration by Dennis Leigh for Dick Morland’s science- fiction novel Heart Clock [61b], from 1973 – in a style sometimes referred to as Realist Contructivism.
Leigh is a longtime lecturer in digital and graphic design but he has always been better known – significantly, under the alias John Foxx – for his long and influential participation in the field of electronic music. Leigh’s more recent work consists mainly of digitally manipulated analog photography, sometimes incorporated into collage, nearly always showing off novel ways of obliterating the subjects’ identity. * The Quiet Man is seen from behind and above, while the viewer’s eye gradually notices unusual and inexplicable effects of light surrounding him.  In Neuro Video * and The Pleasures of Electricity Leigh literally blanks out the faces of his subjects with light effects;  in the collage/assemblage B Movie the figure’s face is torn off in the middle;  and in the long-form ambient film Cathedral Oceans (1997), Photoshop-like double-exposure layering effects are mapped to three-dimensional surfaces to create a constantly shifting conglomeration of unrelated imagery that floats across the faces of classical Greek statues.
Most or all of Leigh’s art has been created at at least one remove, so to speak: his clearest art-historical sources of inspiration are fraught with issues of obscured identity and the excision of the gaze; and most of his work has been set in a devastated yet oddly summer-lit city of the future, populated by wandering, face-averted figures seeking the retrieval of lost memories amid the architectural detritus of a J.G. Ballard-like dystopian London.
A very slow start to the year in terms of contemporary media. Rather surprising given that a new album is available…?
Six Japanese items posted to Facebook via Cazzfoxx.
2126 – Picture from Music Life (Nov 83) shows John in the white blouse and beige trousers typical of the period, posing outdoors in an English country lane…?
2127 – 3-page article on John Foxx from Ongaku Senka (Nov 83), with photographs by Herbie Yamaguchi
2128 – Press news from the USA in Ongaku Senka (Oct 83), in which a ‘Burning Car’ photo of John Foxx appears alongside an entry featuring Soft Cell
2129 – In the same edition, there is an advert for the Endlessly single (1982 version)
2130 – Also in the same edition, a colour photo of John Foxx in a black blazer and tie, looking rather stern. Posed next to a Romanesque bust.
2131 – 3-page article in Rockin F (Dec 1981) introducing new UK electronic bands, entitled How Are You Mr Electric?
Release: John Foxx And The Maths – The Machine (META62CD)
Email from editorial assistant at Olympia acknowledging receipt of submission
Pilot Theatre take delivery of boxes of The Machine CDs for distribution on the tour that starts on Friday
Tweeted anniversary of Smash Hits featuring both Underpass and Metamatic (1980)
Submitted the second draft of a sample chapter on Ultravox! to Olympia publishers in London
Worked on a couple of draft chapters.
Losing quotes and references in place of paraphrased narrative
Video at YouTube of New York band Halo & The Harlots performing Saturday Night In The City Of The Dead
Published the next post at 40 Years Of Foxx on February 1977 to mark the anniversary of the release of Dangerous Rhythm
Rather sooner than I would have liked, but there was a demand. The first post has taken over 50 hits, which is encouraging. Will promote again on the album’s anniversary (25th)
Telephone catch up with RH discussing INDEX text for the website and his archival work on John Foxx recordings for EDITIONS and VERSIONS
I remain convinced that ‘one day’ we will get to discover the true extent of John Foxx output.
We may have the released catalogue pretty much covered in terms of music, but are there live gigs, lectures and artworks waiting to be discovered?
I further imagine a whole career’s worth of demo’s and unrealised musics.
Further correspondence with Andrew Marvick following the presentation of his paper “Un-Selfies: The Dissolution of Identity in 20th Century Art”.
Fascinating academic insight into the context of Dennis Leigh’s work
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx first appearance on Top of The Pops (1980)
Tweeted 40th anniversary of the Ultravox! launch night in 1977
Nonesuch Records release a video of the lead track from Stephin Merritt’s ambitious 50 Song Memoir project, due for release on March 10th
FOXX & I pays tribute to Foxx and references him several times, most notably describing a conversation they had backstage at the Cadogan Hall. Which in its turn leads my own archive to 10 July 2008 and enables an entry describing John Foxx attendance at the Magnetic Fields show at this venue.
The video is very clever, referencing Foxx own visual work with LFO and 20th Century Box, Tiny Colour Movies and The Quiet Man. An excellent tribute.
Added further anecdote to the archive with reference to the TOTP performance, broadcast (live) the day before Foxx watched Ultravox play their first UK gig with Midge Ure.
Barnbrook launches a new website.
Among the ‘projects’ is a page dedicated to each of his John Foxx albums
2126 – Interview with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields in which he references his tribute to John Foxx
Tweeted anniversary of the most recent gig added to the archive – Doncaster Outlook, 1978 supported by 2.3 (with thanks to Tony Beesley)
2125 – Interview with Midge Ure in The Observer in which he briefly refers to John Foxx and his own early rehearsals with the band
Tweeted – Anniversary of gig at The Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle (1978)
Tweeted – Anniversary of the release of The Pleasures Of Electricity (2002)
Tweeted – Anniversary of book covers published in 1994 and 1999
2124 – New John Foxx interview about his book covers for the Arden Shakespeare series.
2123 – Poster (signed) advertising Ultravox first gig on the US tour, at the Hot Club in Philadelphia.
They played two shows at the same venue the following day.
Wrote the first chapter of 40 YEARS OF FOXX on the anniversary of the release of Low
I intend to summarise once a month…!
Saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mark Fisher – essayist, writer and philosopher who wrote extensively on Foxx and understood his work significantly better than most.
Book revision – afternoon devoted to KD’s editorial work
Tweeted the anniversary of the rlease of Underpass and Metamatic by posting one of the newspaper adverts for both releases from the time
Photos located online of Ultravox! playing at The Sandpiper in Nottingham in 1978
Email exchanges with Bower and Beesley on Ultravox! appearances at the Outlook in Doncaster. The band played THREE times at the venue, but were listed FOUR times. The gig on 26th September 1977 apparently did NOT take place – despite being listed in the national press.
Why would this mid-tour gig not have taken place?
Did Ultravox! play somewhere else that night??
Ultravox! also categorically did NOT appear in nearby Rotherham a few days earlier on 22nd September 1977, despite the evidence of a poster circulated at the time. This gig is hitherto not listed in the Metamatic Archive.
Ultravox second confirmed gig at The Outlook is also hitherto unlisted – they played on 30th January 1978, supported by PB’s band 2.3
2122 – in an unprecedented double-gig discovery day, it seems Ultravox! also did NOT play a gig listed at Eric’s in Liverpool on 3rd December 1977 – poster here
Recurring question – how do we know if a gig listed in the archive actually took place?
Venues list bands to attract punters who stay and see the alternative because they have travelled to the venue;
Agents book bands for publicity but have no intention of showing up;
Bands book gigs last minute (within days) and so are not listed on posters / flyers etc
2121 – SM posts a New Year message from John Foxx on Facebook, accompanied by a new picture of The Quiet Man
Received signed copy of Out Of Control by Tony Beesley – biography of the punk scene in Doncaster and Rotherham 1976 – 1978 (Outlook and Windmill clubs)
Revised date on the Ultravox! gig at The Outlook supported by Bethnal (May, not June) and added anecdotes by Paul Bower of local band 2.3
Paul Bower co-founded Gun Rubber fanzine in Sheffield with Adi Newton of Clock DVA.
Newton worked with Dennis Leigh at Modreno
The transfer of the first Outlook gig from June to May links neatly with the gig at Rebecca’s in Birmingham on 19th which hitherto seemed anomalous. Further evidence that there is a whole week of dates missing is suggested by the Hitchin College gig which Phnuff of the Bleach Boys insists was ‘May 1977’. Leading me to consider that other examples of Chris Cross ‘gigs from hell’ may have taken place this week?
Media Archive catch-up and filing
2113-2115 Three items in Vive Le Rock (April 0216)
2116 Foxx soundtrack referenced in this review of the Bunker show in York
2117 Simon Reynolds extensive review of Close To the Noise Floor at Pitchfork referencing John Foxx No-One Driving
2118 Overlooked review of A Man, A Woman & A City in Classic Pop Issue 17
2119 Interview with Erik Stein for metamatic not correctly archived (February 2016)
2120 Numan makes the first reference to his collaboration with Foxx in this interview for The Electricity Club (January 2016)
The above amendments bring the 2016 archive up to 150 records – the second-highest in Foxx history (2011 = 189 items)
Tweeted anniversary of the last UK gig by Ultravox with John Foxx (Marquee, 1978)
Tweeted anniversary of last ‘Winter Tour’ gig with Eddie & The Hot Roads (Cambridge 1976)
With help from the Twitterati, the art exhibition Foxx attended at the invitation of Bruce Elder is identified as Mzui, Waterloo Gallery, August 1981
Various Adrian Boot photos of Ultravox outside a door marked STUDIO are identified as ‘The Fallout Shelter’ in British Grove at the basement of Island’s Hammersmith office
Tracked down item 2012 (below) to No.1 Magazine
Welcome (and long overdue) third response from Bruce Elder at 2JJ Radio in Sydney regarding Foxx interviews and anecdotes 79 – 81
2012 – ENDLESSLY lyrics and photo from an unknown publication dated July 1983
Worked on some notes on individual releases for metamatic.com and artwork for Barnbrook re The Quiet Man which lead to extended notes of Foxx London map
Trialling a new feature for 2017 – Forty Years Of Foxx.
A month-on-month summary for as long as I can bear to keep it up…?
2111 – The Quietus lists The Complete Cathedral Oceans at No. 13 in the best compilations and re-mixes of 2016
2110 – The Complete Cathedral Oceans is No.6 in the 20 best record sleeves of 2016.
Blackstar (barnbrook) is voted No. 1
Published a 2016 quiz on John Foxx at metamatic.com
2108 – Underpass is listed at Number 13 in Electronic Sound magazine chart of the 100 Greatest Electronic Tracks Of All Time
2109 – SUNDAYS AT THE LYCEUM advert from Sounds, 25th November 1978 here
Two of the adverts listed on 9th December are correctly identified as being from NME by followers on Twitter
NME lists the magazine title in the MIDDLE of each page header, with ‘Page xx’ on the outer margin. The date – positioned on the inner margin – is always written ‘Month-date with suffix-comma – year’
There are three identical adverts for the Lyceum gig in three different UK music papers dated 9th December 1978. Just different locations on the page
But which is which…?
Tweeted anniversary of the Lyceum warm-up gig in Northampton (1978)
Tweeted first anniversary of the initial download release of BRIGHT SPARKS by I MONSTER feat. EDP (fly in the ointment) with vocals by John Foxx
2107 – The new track A Man & A Woman (from 21st Century) is listed among the 30 Best Songs of 2016 by Chi Ming Lai at The Electricity Club
Retrospective Fact Migration…
2104 – Photos of John Foxx with Roger Spy at the Mirrorball exhibition for Kirk Originals in
Covent Garden, April 2010
2105 – From Trash press release dated 15th September 2006
2106 – Notes on the Arthertz project Beyond Good And Evil from 2006 which includes a unique quote from John Foxx in his biography on the project’s website
Tweeted anniversary of The Golden Section tour date in Rome (1983)
Tweeted anniversary of The Golden Section tour date in Florence (1983)
Addressed the challenge of categorising John Foxx ‘titles’ today, to facilitate work on the website. Music he’s recorded, music he’s released, music he may have recorded but has at least referred to; bits of music he may not have recorded but just thought about; projects, artworks, photographs; stories. Imagined things…
Tweeted anniversary of The Golden Section tour date in Bologna (1983)
Tweeted anniversary of The Golden Section tour date in Milan (1983)
Tweeted anniversary of a performance for Le Edad de Oro at RTVE in Madrid
(this recording now available as IN THE GLOW : MADRID 1983)
News (Media archive 2103):
Tracklist revealed for The Machine album. Two pieces from The Bunker Tapes are not included (unless they are re-named…?)
Tweeted anniversary of The Golden Section gig in Madrid (1983)
Posted several images of John Foxx artworks on display in the bookshop at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
Further reductions and promotion on John Foxx back-catalogue releases at Townsend.
Some titles (Crash and Burn x2 CD) as little as £2.00…!!
Codex still available as hardback book. Low sales?
John Foxx makes a brief appearance at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch to introduce Hannah Peel on the occasion of the launch party for her album Awake But Always Dreaming
Foxx was on stage for less than a minute, and came on unannounced after a long break in the proceedings. Only a handful of people in the 250-strong audience recognised him. He arrived late at the venue and was only inside for about half an hour, leaving during the second song of Hannah’s set.
2102 – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans at DMC World
Book revision: modest editing and correction work to THE ULTRAVOX YEARS
Provisional design for a cover…?
Spent time archiving, reviewing and sorting media.
Completed transcript of The Bitmap Brothers: Universe interview
Pat Reid @Shakespeare Magazine confirms his interview with John Foxx will be published in the magazine’s next edition
Book revision: Roxy Music never played the RCA, so Foxx anecdote is mistaken? There are instead Rainbow Theatre dates from August 1972 and November 1973 (the latter without Eno)
Foxx would have seen Lindsay Anderson’s film If… after release in December 1968. Owing to the success of the film, a single was released featuring the soundtrack – ‘Sanctus‘ from Missa Luba – that reached No. 34 in the UK charts in March 1969
Book revision: various additions to gigs attended at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester during 964. Anecdotes are consistent with venue diary for Inez & Charlie Foxx, John Lee Hooker, Yardbirds and Little Walter. Vast majority are Saturday nights
Book revision: Wonderful anecdotes from Foxx as usual. Retrospective evidence of his attendance at gigs in the 1960s by Rolling Stones in Wigan and others at The Twisted Wheel
John Foxx And The Maths new album The Machine will be released on February 10th 2017.(FB post added to Media archive 2101)
To co-incide with the start of a tour of The Machine Stops by Pilot Theatre
Magnetic Felds (Stephin Merritt) announces the release of a 50-track new album in March 2017. One of the tracks is titled Foxx And I, leading to speculation that this about John Foxx
Merritt is a long-time fan and cites Metamatic among the records that have influenced him most throughout his career.
2100 – Inspired by Hannah Peel’s Memory Playlist published in October, John Foxx is encouraged to publish further notes on his favourite songs
2099 – Interview with Karborn at Pink Noises in which he talks of his work with John Foxx
Completed 8,000 word transcription of John Foxx one hour interview at Electri_City in Düsseldorf.
Book revision: includes some nice anecdotes about the My Lost City album in particular, a few comments on In Mysterious Ways that he rarely speaks about, and the family trips to Lonodn as a child
Double page photo of John Foxx with Mr Normall at Düsseldorf station in Electronic Sound issue 24, recreating the iconic image of Kraftwerk posing there for the Trans European Express project in 1977
One of my many missions is to track down the overgrown London ‘Centrepoint’ painting that inspired John Foxx
Book revision – Received my copy of Electronic Sound 2.3 after subscription query. Fascinating interview with Foxx containing a couple of previously unrevealed anecdotes.
Interview with John Foxx is illustrated with several Cathedral Oceans images, including on ‘extended’ to an landscape format with previously unseen detail
Book revision – Also received copy of UNIVERSE : The story of The Bitmap Brothers which includes interviews with Foxx and Martin Heath on the Nation XII period
Anniversary of John Foxx head injury and the cancellation of a show at Holmfirth
Foxx anniversaries continue daily throughout the month:2011 – John Foxx & The Maths at Xoyo in London with The Neat and Xeno & Oaklander
One of the most disappointing gigs I have ever been to. X&O superb, but Foxx not on good form, sound crap and they started late so I had to leave 2/3 through set.
During a conversation with SD at Encyclopedia Electronica about a forthcoming documentary project on Thomas Leer & Robert Rental, various emails exchanged containing Foxx references to their work and vice versa.
2096 – Review of The Electri_City Conference by Chi Ming Lai at The Electricity Club
2097 – review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans in Uncut Magazine (Dec 2016)
2098 – received an unpublished text by Foxx on Thomas Leer’s Private Plane
In Chippenham, the was a band once called ‘The So’ who changed their name to Random Gender – from My Sex
A recording of John Foxx, Steve D’agostino, Karborn and Kasia Isakoff (on Theremin) performing Evidence Of Time Travel in Dusseldorf is posted online
2095 – The Bitmap Brothers: Universe published by Read-Only Memory
contains an interview with and several references to John Foxx and Nation 12
2094 – Received a recording of Ekci Steig in conversation with John Foxx at Electri_City Conference. Will endeavour to transcribe – lasts an hour!
John Foxx is asking for details of the Shakespeare publication date.
Editor confirms ‘before Christmas’
Posted the second of my Cathedral Oceans notes
Image used on the cover of JOHN FOXX Electronic Sound CD is Time And The City according to Europe After The Rain exhibition
Various photos online of John Foxx and Erik Stein in Dusseldorf
Query from Shakespeare Magazine re: Arden Book Covers. Editor approaching Arden direct for artworks
Metamatic newsletter announces the JOHN FOXX CD in Electronic Sound.
My subscription copy still has not arrived
Anniversary of a release or performance continues every day so far this month…
Analogue Circuit release (2012); Golden Section tour Liverpool (1983)
John Foxx, Steve d’Agostino and Karborn present Evidence Of Time Travel at the Electri_City Conference in Dusseldorf
Release: Electronic Sound 23 includes an exclusive 12-track compilation by John Foxx as its covermount CD
2090 / 2091 – Interview and track-by-track notes on the Electronic Sound covermount CD
2088 – Ransom Note (London) publish a commentary by John Foxx on some of the music and flms that have influenced him
2089 – Review of Empty Avenues at active-listener from September 2013
Retrospective Fact Migration
Further indication that Foxx was at The Who gig at Central London Poly in July 1966
Tweeted anniversary of the first night of the Golden Section Tour in Hitchin (1983)
Published first of three narratives on The Complete Cathedral Oceans
2086 – Classy Heroes interview / feature with Foxx in Jam magazine (Japan, November 1980) via Lord Foxx FB
2087 – Interview with Adi Newton (Clock DVA) from 2014 in which he asserts working with Foxx at Modreno during the Tiger Lily period
Timeline / Book revision:
Encouraged to remove quotes if possibly and tell the story ‘in my own words’…?
Foxx is rehearsing this week for ELECTRI_CITY on 15th October at which he is performing Evidence Of Time Travel with Steve D’Agostino.
He will travel to France after this event.
Tweeted anniversary of the first night of the Exotour in Southampton (1997)
Received transcript of interview with Foxx for the Shakespeare Magazine.
Very interesting approach – inspiring to see something different.
Retrospective Fact Migration
One or two significant anecdotes on the 1990s period from Foxx.
Could be improved with one or two questions on the content and idea behind specific titles.
Asserted that there is a gig / release anniversary for every date in October…?
Ultravox tours in 77and 78, Golden Section tour 83, Exotour 97 and Metamatic tour 2007.
Also no 1977 gig on this date, which could be another anomaly…?
Artwork: The Way To Xanadu arrives, good condition.
Dust jacket by Dennis Leigh using silver leaf
Tracklisting for Electronic Sound compilation CD issued in confidence
Includes notes on each track by Foxx
Tweeted anniversary of gigs from 1978, and the Metamatic tour from 2007 (Manchester)
No GIG in the 1977 itinerary on this date, but Leeds and Huddersfield Poly either side. Possibly Portsmouth?
2084 – Short Q & A with John Foxx in Record Collector (Nov 2016)
In which JF admits singing over traffic on a motorway bridge, and visiting Mark E Smith in the studio during the recording of a Fall album
2085 – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans by Phil Smith in Record Collector (Nov 2016)
Book revision – Poetry references.
The Garden by Andrew Marvell, The Child Is Father To The Man by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Invited to comment on interview with Steve D’Agostino
Tweeted anniversary of gigs from 1977 and 1978, and the first night of the Metamatic tour from 2007 (Glasgow)
Book revision – spent a useful couple of hours working on KD’s proof notes on the Ultravox! years.
2083 – The Guardian publishes a commentary by John Foxx on his ten favourite ambient pieces
Added magazine cover and colour photo from Music Week interview, August 1985
Ordered a first edition copy of Caroline Alexander’s book The Way To Xanadu
Foxxtober 2016 begins with EMPTY AVENUES.
I intend to publish a short essay on each track through the week…
Three new items for the media archive:
2080 – Feature on John Foxx and Ultravox in Rock Deluxe (Spain) entitled ‘Espiritu Juvenil’
2081 – Announcement from SM and Electronic Sound that the next issue of the magazine will feature an exclusive Foxx compilation as its covermount CD
The tracklist is not released
2082 – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans by Paul Rigby in Hi Fi World magazine
Media archive (2079) – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans by Stephen Worthy in Mojo #276 (November 2016)
The ticket posted on 25th September is probably erroneous.
3rd March 1977 was a THURSDAY, not a Friday, and it has (what are claimed to be) the signatures of both Robin Simon and Stevie Shears on it
Media archive (2078) – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans by Keiron Tyler at The Arts Desk
Media archive (2077) – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans by Mat Smith for This Is Not Retro
Image of a signed ticket on FB via Lord Foxx indicates an Ultravox! gig in Mainz, Germany on 3rd March 1977
Retrospective Fact Migration
This is of especial interest as it does not really seem to ‘fit’ with the band’s known schedule at the time. The first UK tour started at the Red Cow on March 6th…
But it would be consistent with Keiron Tyler’s suggestion that the band DID play live in Germany for a Rockpalast television broadcast around this time…
Found this comment on a German music forum, suggesting they palyed to “less than 200 people: Ultravox ( mit John Foxx ) vor weniger als 200 Leuten im Elzer Hof in Mainz
A week of album anniversaries begins with
IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS (23/09/1985)
THE GARDEN (25/09/1981)
THE GOLDEN SECTION (26/09/1983)
Media Archive (2076) – Double page feature (inc unique photograph by H. Yamaguchi) in Ongaku Senka (Japan). First media record for January 1983
Gideon Coe plays THE GARDEN on BBC6Music –
The annual Shedcast. Live from a shed in North West London. A man, a shed, some records, 2 cans and a piece of string. What could possibly go wrong.
This year a home, garden and fish theme runs…
Media Archive (2075) – The Complete Cathedral Oceans 5x LP reviewed in Classic Pop magazine
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Crash And Burn
Good catching up day with Foxx projects –
Base map completed for TQM; began experiment using annotation with handwriting;
Confirmed notes for John Foxx interview from Pat Reid at Shakespeare Magazine;
Completed editorial review of RH interview with Barnbrook
Received scan of a list of proposed web pages in John Foxx original handwriting
Received annotated copies of Parts 2 and 3 from KD
Received scans of the original drawings for the Monumental Statues Project
Media archive (2074) Feature on John Foxx first solo gig – Hitchin October 1983 in Stevenage Comet
Archived material sourced at British library.
Media archive (2070 – 2073) Adverts for appearances at The Marquee in 1977
British Library research.
Melody Maker Jan – March 1974 ‘not currently available’…? therefore unable to search for Musicians Wanted advert that started the band.
Added five media items from the first half of 1977, including several odd weeks missing Marquee listings in Melody Maker.
Identified a review of Dangerous Rhythm by Caroline Coon in Melody Maker that is listed in archive but I have not previously seen
It would seem that Melody Maker did not review the album???
Also managed to date several pieces from NME and Melody Maker, including an impressive double page (larger than A2 size) advert for the Do The Mutation tour.
Nothing similar was produced for the actual album…?
Highlight of the day was a chance meeting with Keiron Tyler.
We exchanged Ultravox anecdotes and contact details over coffee and an hour of delightful conversation.
Media archive (2069) – Review of The Complete Cathedral Oceans by Alan Jones in Music Week
Release: The Complete Cathedral Oceans 5 x 12″ heavyweight vinyl
Release: Ultravox! on heavyweight RED vinyl
Release: Ha!Ha!Ha! on heavyweight WHITE vinyl
Release: Ultravox! on heavyweight GREY vinyl
Media archive (2066) – Hawke Research Institute uploads a full HD video of An Evening With The Quiet Man
Completed an 11 page transcription of the Hawke Talk with Anthony Elliott.
And ascertained from venue that Metmatic has permission to host
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of John Foxx “career-best” single Your Dress
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of JFATM Adult remix (2013)
RH hosts Skype interview with Steve Lillywhite
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Have A Cigar (2011)
Listening to Serafina Steer and Virginia Astley as The Ravishing Beauties, while in conversation with Stevo (former manager of Some Bizarre)
Media archive: (2065) – Facebook headers advertising the Electri_city Conference in Dusseldorf in October, where Foxx is appearing with Steve D’Agostino
Also added a copy of the French interview for Best magazine (1980) previously only marked by a photograph
Media archive : (2063/2064)
Eddie & The Hot Rods “Freeze Out” tour programme includes two pieces on Ultravox!
Inside back cover is an entirely new composition by Foxx in the form of a TELEGRAM using cut-up lyrics.
Back cover lists Ultravox! support slots on the “Winter Tour 76”
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Europe After The Rain (1981)
Book revision: Excellent piece here on the formative years of Eddie & the Hot Rods.
Useful to contextualise their role as a vehicle for Ultravox!
Media archive: Planning trip to British Library to browse 1977 music press. There are ‘occasional weeks’ where we have Marquee ads missing etc, and various other pieces that need sourcing. Cheap tickets to London till September 9th…?
This presents further opportunity to track down the Musicians Wanted ad that launched the band…
Media archive (2062): More music press adverts for Ultravox! gigs in 1977. Mostly Marquee listings from Melody Maker, and most different from those already archived.
Many duplicates, but now replaced with better quality scans.
In some cases, we now have Marquee ads on the same date from all three papers.
Also now 5 ads for the Lyceum gig on 10th December 1978 over 2 weeks in 3 different papers!
Interesting to see how the same ad can vary minutely between different papers.
Subtle changes of size, or the use of italics here and there…?
Winter 1976 ‘Freeze Out’ tour programme with Eddie & the Hot Rods confirms the Cambridge Corn Exchange gig was 24th December. Scheduled support was Aswad, with no support listed on the previous night at Friars in Aylesbury.
Seems instead local band Orthi covered the Aylesbury show (billed as Christmas Party), with Ultravox! stepping up for the same in Cambridge. Orthi were the biggest band in Aylesbury and played Friars more than anyone else. The band featured bass guitar and vocalist Pete Trewavas, who went on to play with Marillion. Being local and popular, they would have been ideal choice at short notice…?
Set a True or False? question on social media for fun.
John Foxx played more gigs with Ultravox than he has played since leaving the band?
Archive suggests more with Ultravox, but its quite close. Ultravox c210, solo c185
Responses are divided. Interesting.
Music press adverts for Ultravox! gigs in 1977. Mostly Marquee listings from Melody Maker, and most different from those already archived
Fanzine review of the first album cApril 1977 “…it has too many different styles and that just makes things annoying.”
Media archive (2037) – Newspaper advert for gig with Eddie & Hot Rods from 1976, prompting a re-appraisal of the gig date?
Retrospective Fact Migration
Did Ultravox! play with the Rods at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Christmas Eve 1976?
Intuition says ‘yes’ – which would have closed the Freeze Out tour.
Current date of 14th Jan now seems incongruous…
Media archive (2036) – Hawke Talks online at youtube. John Foxx talks to Andrew Elliott
Tweeted several generic ‘August’ events, including Book covers and undated interviews
Book revision: – First ‘editorial’ notes received on Ultravox by KD.
Useful, constructive feedback
Interesting email from Barnbrook, with an invitation for me to collaborate with him on some artwork:
“not sure how much you know but there is a special publication coming out of JF’s quiet man writings. one of the sections of writingcalled ‘intersection’ is styled like a map from the 1940s. would you be interested in putting together the map bit? they are short paragraphs of text linked together within the map. i know of your expertise. so let me know what you think. i would do the typography on it so it would be a collaboration between us”
I immediately offered a positive response! Very exciting…
Media archive: – Tidying, filing and generally catching up identifies four press releases that adding to the catalogue:
2030 – Ultravox! (Island PR, March 1977)
2031 – John Foxx (Virgin PR for Miles Away. October 1980)
2032 – John Foxx (Virgin PR for The Garden, August 1981)
2033 – The Garden (Polygram, Canada. September 1981)
In addition: read, noted and filed the European itinerary for The Golden Section tour (2034)
2035 – Picture of John Foxx from Rockin’ F Magazine (Japan, May 1980)
On BBC 6Music afternoon show, Mark Radcliffe uses Cathedral Oceans to provide incidental music behind some of his links, advocating ‘slow radio’ and promoting the album’s forthcoming vinyl release.
Identifying the individual tracks is difficult, but Radcliffe clearly played Floating Islands twice coming out of the 1.30 and 2.30 news bulletins. City As Memory also at the end of the show and one other unidentified piece over which he dubbed pigeon calls and other birdsong
Media archive (2027 / 2028) – a Swedish poster from 1977 with the Ultravox! PR and profile; Japanese magazine Soundall review of John Foxx live (Jan 1984)
Picked up four new followers on Twitter (now 1361)
Received six photographs direct from the curator at HRI exhibition
Media archive (2029) Read this fascinating interview with Billy Currie from 2006, and realised it wasn’t in the media archive!
Very rare comments and observations from BC on his relationship with Foxx and role in the band. A different perspective
Media archive (2026) – Spanish newspaper interview from October 1978 in Popular 1 magazine. A rare and significant piece, including unique pictures from the Canet del Mar festival when Ultravox played on the same bill as Blondie
Book revision: Published this article Endlessly fascinating on my conversation with Andrew Marvick
Checking the Duck Art exhibition catalogue suggests that Foxx has sold SIX pieces of art so far in the Australian exhibition
Event – The Quiet Man : An Evening with John Foxx at the MONA in Hobart
Photographs of the exhibition, and the live event are posted on youtube and at Twitter
Media archive (2025) – Switched on Punks feature in Mojo (September 2016)
Event – The Quiet Man : An Evening with John Foxx at the Hawke Research Institute in Adelaide
First photo released by HRI of the Europe After The Rain exhibition, and a commitment that The Quiet Man evening will be available as both a podcast and via youtube
Media archive (2024) – Review of The Island Years in Vive le Rock (August 2016)
Book revision: Listened again to Kraftwerk’s Man Machine album (1978). The ‘kling klang’ sound of John Foxx Metal Beat echoes particularly a similar passage on The Robots
The artwork Through Gardens Overgrown is sold at the exhibition in Adelaide.
Confirmation from the same source:
The lecture will be recorded and uploaded to the HRI event website – please contact me a week following the lecture and I will advise when it will be available, if not already (may I suggest around 4 August).
Media archive (2018) – Retrospective ‘gallery’ from BCB Gallery in September 2015 which exhibits an exclusive oil painting by Foxx
Media archive (2019) – New ‘catalogue’ online at Duck-Art presenting 30 images that make up the EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN exhibition
Many of these are original CO images first published in the 1993 Cathedral Oceans booklet. Most of them however have been either re-named, or named especially for this exhibition.
One is now called Maps and Birdsong which is especially amusing…
Having promoted this through Twitter and via Lord Foxx, I subsequently removed the links on advice that the sale opportunities are – at the moment – exclusive to customers at the Kerry Packer Gallery in Adelaide. ‘Reformation’ sold this morning – three now gone.
Media archive (2020/2021) – Reviews of The Island Years in published UK music press (Record Collector and Q)
Media archive (2022/2023) – News and press release info about The Complete Cathedral Oceans at Vinyl Factory and Louder than War
Bringing the archive up to date, researching the new art catalogue and generally maintaing the archive took 3 hours this afternoon…
Media archive (2015 / 2016) – News and booking information on John Foxx dates in Australia in The Adelaide Review and Hobart Times
Media archive (2017) – retrospective review of Metamatic from Seattle, WA (July 2012)
Book revision : Followed up conversation with Andrew Marvick on the exhibition of his latest series of wonderful abstract compositions A Peripheral Character
Media archive (2014) – In response, Marvick sent me a copy of a paper he has recently had published in the book in the US called Identity & Anonymity: An Artful Anthology in which
he includes a special note of thanks to me for insights and help with interpretations of
Dennis Leigh’s art
Media archive (2013) – Review of The Golden Section from No. 1 Magazine via Lord Foxx
Electronic Sound magazine Issue 21 features a covermount CD entitled ‘Covers Collection’ Volume 1. Tracks include I Speak Machine’s version of My Sex, Gazelle Twin covering Wire, Blancmange covering Can and Metamatics 1999 version of Personal Jesus
Book revision: The demos I heard yesterday were recorded before the sessions with Lilywhite and are the songs referred to by Warren Cann in his interview with Jonas Warstad. WC suggests they were recorded in the same studio as material by The Stones and The Troggs ‘WIld Thing’. WC is mistaken though when he says this was Denmark Street, and goes on to list a different set of songs recorded there later in the year.
The Stones and Troggs recordings were made in Olympic Studios in Barnes where Ain’t Misbehavin and Monkey Jive were laid down.
Olympic Studios was well known to Austin John Marshall who recorded various artists there between 1970 and 1972. He was friends with the engineer Eddie Kramer.
But there is also a recording of The Day The World Ended that dates from 1974.
So where was that made?
Media archive (2011) – Interview with John Foxx in Spanish magazine El Pais via SM
Media archive (2012) – Review of Metamatic in unsourced French magazine, entitled “Johnny The Foxx”
In preparation for an interview with Lillywhite, I listened to a few of the early 1975 demos today – The Day The World Ended, As Gracefully As You, The Joker, Storms Of Things, Dark Love – as well as early versions of some more familiar songs. Surprisingly competent, genuine recordings. It’s a shame they have never been used.
Book revision : Recordings were made by Ultravox of two songs at Kingsway Studios in Holborn (owned by Ian Gillan) at the end of December 1978
Media archive – More than a dozen Marquee adverts from UK music press in 1977 / 1978 and over a hundred other press clippings and magazines articles waiting to be scanned, sourced and catalogued.
Opportunity to view the artwork for The Complete Cathedral Oceans, especially the stunning images selected for the inner record sleeves
Also discussed the website at some length with RH, considering ways to tackle the overwhelming amount of material in the archive. Especially photographs and media items. Identified various photographs of Foxx that could be used to annotate the Archive, year by year. I committed to further review of the website, feedback, notes and observations as well as the submission of short copy for each release.
Event – Europe After The Rain exhibition opens in Adelaide at the University of South Australia
Media archive (2010): Review of The Island Years in Classic Rock courtesy of SM (#2008)
Media archive : Three more items sourced from Lord Foxx at FB, including an unsourced review of Metamatic (#2007), notes on the 1981 issue of Slow Motion (#2008) and a short interview with Billy Currie on the release of Three Into One (#2009)
Townsend still present The Complete Cathedral Oceans as an exclusive, which is misleading.
Townsend (JF official store) announce that the first 20 pre-orders for The Complete Cathedral Oceans 5-disc book set will receive an exclusive signed print.
This is a little misleading and confusing. The ‘exclusive’ part refers to the SIGNED prints, which are only on offer at Townsend. It is the SAME PRINT as in all the other copies of the limited 750-run.
Signed prints were gone within a couple of hours
Townsend offers the book set for £99.00
Media archive (2006) – NEWS. Announcements at amazon, metamatic and Facebook that a 5-disc vinyl book set of The Complete Cathedral Oceans will be released in September
The material has been remastered for this release, but no new material is included.
The Quiet Man story in the booklet is the same as that in the Complete cathedral oceans CD / DVD package and as such is rather disappointing.
The book set includes ‘several’ previously unseen images from the series, and a ‘framable’ 12″ x 12″ colour print.
Amazon offers the book set for £99.00, but Spindisc has copies to pre-order for £89.99
Media archive (2004) – Archiving and tidying files etc turns up an overlooked review of Stars On Fire from NME (May 1985)
Media archive (2005) – Lord Foxx presents another Japanese article, from Player magazine
These are very difficult to date, but often contain unique photographs
Media archive (2002) – Undated short news piece from 1980 on the release of Burning Car entitled “Our Dennis”
Media archive (2003) – A third UK music press announcement on John’s departure from the band, published in May 1979
Email from John Hughes, manager at Modreno in 75/76 inviting questions.
Media archive (2001) – Overlooked a review of Translucence & Drift Music in the same issue of Mojo as Item 1993
Further comments on this piece about Modreno. Both managers Glover and Hughes are now in contact with each other. I look forward to hearing from the latter
Passed 2000 pieces today.
Media archive (1999) – A post at Lord Foxx of a piece from Sounds (I think) 1977 detailing the summer club tour. This was published a week before the existing article, and lists all the dates.
There is a discrepancy over the date of the gig at Tiffany’s which I need to resolve
Media archive (2000) – A review of The Island Years in the Scottish Daily Express
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Leeds Polytechnic
A real surprise today.
Media archive (1995) – Benge posted on his blog that a recording of the set he and John performed in the Cold War Bunker in York would be available soon from the Memetunes bandcamp website. Excellent.
Media archive (1996) -Within a couple of hours, metamatic.com was updated with news of the same thing, offering a tracklist, artwork and a link to the bandcamp page to download a 6-track EP entitled THE BUNKER TAPES Live at York Cold War Bunker
I purchased a copy, for £6. The release date shown on the bandcamp page is for the previous date, 28th June 2016
Printed off all 825 pages of the first draft to enable manual editing.
Working online is proving too much of a distraction…
Not least because of the 17 notifications today from Lord Foxx, when the page was swamped with archive photos and recordings in the wake of The Island Years.
Nothing new, with the exception of a few live shots from gigs in 1977 and 1978
Media archive (1991) – TEC presents A Beginners Guide To John Foxx
Media archive (1992) – Picture of John from Music Life Photo Book “Blow Up”
(Japan, March 1983)
Media archive (1993) – Review of The Island Years in Mojo (August 2016)
Media archive (1994) – The same issue also includes an extensive 3-page interview with John Foxx, Billy Currie and Steve Lillywhite on Hiroshima Mon Amour.
Confirmation later today that Steve Lillywhite has agreed to an exclusive interview for Metamatic, and invited to consider questions
Media archive (1990) – The Island Years is among the CDs reviewed in The Mail On Sunday
Media archive (1987) – Cover of NEOLONDON fanzine Issue One posted at Lord Foxx on Facebook, described as an ULTRAVOX Special
Prompting me to contact journalist and writer Steev Burgess who wrote the interview (not included- cover only) and try to acquire copy
Media archive (1988) – Copy from Steev Burgess blog about his meeting with Foxx in Spring 1983
Media archive (1989) – Unsourced page of hand-written live review from a 1977 fanzine, accompanied by a drawing of the band
Media archive (1986) – Reading previous review 1985 turns up this short commentary on Metamatic, posted in May 2016
Media archive (1985) – Review of The Island Years in Essential Music
There seem to be very few reviews or comments on this release?
Media archive (1984) – News of John Foxx appearance in Australia was posted on LinkedIn as early as April 3rd
Media archive (1983) – 1984 interview with Thomas Leer from E&MM referencing Foxx
Book revision: This article reports that Thomas Leer’s Arista single “International” (1984 version) was recorded and produced by Paul Hardiman at The Garden
Media archive (1982) – Japanese magazine poster from 1981 inc OMD and Human League
Book revision: Further evidence to support the case for listing at gig at le Rose Bonbon in Paris, November 1978 (ticket stub online)
An excellent day turning up anecdotal items for the Media Archive
Media archive (1981) – Photograph of the guest list for Joy Division’s gig at The Lyceum (February 1980) includes John Foxx
Media archive (1980) – A bit different.
Catwalk soundtracks a fashion + art + music photo collection at dresslab
Four more media items of especial interest:
Media archive (1979) – Eric’s gig flyer from September 1978
This backs up anecdotes that suggested Ultravox played two gigs on 23rd.
A matinee and an evening performance – supported by local band the Ded Byrds
Media archive (1978) – Review of Huddersfield poly gig in Summer Salt fanzine No. 2
Both My Sex and The Wild, the Beautiful & The Damned are mentioned as standout tracks.
Recordings from this gig feature on the RETRO live EP
Two items courtesy of the Manchester District Music Archive
Media archive (1977) – Ghast Up #2 features a reference by Paul Morley specifically to the live favourite City Doesn’t Care
Media archive (-) Ghast Up #1 review of the Electric Circus gig (March 1977) FRONT COVER ALREADY LISTED
Book revision: Added notes from all the above
Began correspondence with photographer Marcus Tylor who photographed Ultravox! at The Marquee in 1977
Book revision: All these pieces include anecdotes about Ultravox! and form useful material for the Island Years section
Media archive (1976) – Interview with Billy Currie on waveformless (2012)
Media archive (1975) – Interview with Billy Currie on 2 Up Top (2009)
Media archive (1974) – Interview with Billy Currie for ThisIsNotRetro (2016)
Media archive (1973) – Barnbrook shares a hand-written letter from Bowie in 1978 requesting that he gets ‘an Ultravox LP’ among others listed
Attended a performance of The Machine Stops at The Point in Eastleigh, and spoke with technician Ben Pugh.
The play has been filmed for DVD and there will be a UK tour next year.
Contacted by former manager of Modreno, who has invited further questions
Media archive (1972) – Hawke Research Institute Event program 2016
Media archive (1971) – News and published online by University of South Australia about a programme of events, talks and performances by Foxx in July
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx last (?) gig with The Maths (Brighton,2013)
Media archive (1970) – Louder Than War review of A Man, A Woman And A City
Media archive (1969) – Billboard review of Metamatic, 2nd Feb 1980
Media archive (1968) – Marquee advert from NME, 4th Feb 1978
Further conversation with two Modreno colleagues, including personal anecdotes
Spent some time collating and checking reviews. The Machine Stops is everywhere, including national daily newspapers, so Media Archive entries are strictly limited to observations on the soundtrack
Media archive (1967) – Paul Pledger reviews A Man, A Woman And A City for flipside
Book revision: Response from former colleague of Dennis Leigh at Modreno; invited questions and offered to fill in details
Spent some time updating the media archive and then revisiting the track catalogue.
Only made it as far as The Garden – is there somewhere an edited version of This Jungle?
Received an original photograph of Dennis Leigh taken at the RCA in 1975
Book revision: anecdotes from a student colleague at RCA with Leigh
Book revision: correspondence from Seamus Curran, a personal friend of Ronnie Kirkland (manager of Modreno c1970-85)
Tweeted the first anniversary of Ben Hogwood’s interview with John Foxx
Redefining Classical Music
Book revision: Having listened several times to Close To The Noise Floor and read various interviews and discussions on the album, I am resolved to self-publish the “book” as an independent author once I have written it up and see what happens… it feels right somehow that is the ‘right’ way to go. In those early days, everyone just made things up and did what felt right. There were no models to follow, no youtube videos, no precedents.
Album release: META61CDDVD A Man, A Woman And A City
CD includes 5 previously unreleased tracks:
A Many Splendoured Thing – John Foxx & The Maths
A Man And A Woman – John Foxx & The Maths
The Good Shadow – John Foxx & The Maths (OMD Remix)
The Shadow Of His Former Self – John Foxx & The Maths (ADULT Remix)
Talk (Are You Listening To Me?) – John Foxx & The Maths feat. Gary Numan
DVD includes 11 short films by Macoto Tezka and one new track
Psytron 2 – John Foxx & The Maths
Media Archive (1949) – Interview in Sweden published online at Zero magazine
I made a lot of things too early…
Media Archive (1948) – Review of A Man A Woman And A City in Record Collector
Media Archive (1947) – Review of A Man A Woman And A City in Team Rock
Media Archive (1946) – Foxx is interviewed on his favourite records for Mojo magazine
Media Archive (1945) – Double page interview with Foxx in Japan’s Ongaku Senka (1982)
Book revision: notes on the electronic sound revolution that followed punk in 1978, referencing the artists and music on Close To the Noise Floor
Tweeted anniversary of an interview with John Foxx in Australia 2008.
Fascinating to listen to this podcast again with Steve Wide
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Quiet Man 3 on Touch Meridians 1
Media archive (1944) – Six page feature on John Foxx in Classic Pop magazine
Media archive (1943) – John Foxx is among several musicians interviewed in Electronic Sound magazine on Close To the Noise Floor
Media archive (1942) – Review of A Man A Woman And A City in Electronic Sound magazine
Live event – John Foxx is interviewed about A Man, A Woman & A City on BBC Radio 2 with Jonathan Ross (soundfile = media 1941)
Started work on a transcript of the Q & A session from York, which contain several useful and interesting biographical anecdotes.
Lots of photos and video clips online from York, and Twitter followers now include Pilot Theatre and photographer Ben Pugh.
Tweeted that The Machine Stops sounds “More Ballardian than B-Movie, combining choral harmonic vocals with Dystopian psychedelia and atonal metalbeat industria”
Performance: John Foxx and Benge present their soundtrack to The Machine Stops at the Cold War Bunker in York. Followed by (1939) live Q & A with Pilot Theatre director Juliet Forster.
Foxx first live appearance in the UK since November 2014 at BFI
Live event – John Foxx is interviewed about A Man, A Woman & A City on BBC 6Music with Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie (soundfile = media 1938)
Media archive (1937): John Foxx will be a guest of Jonathan Ross on the Radio 2 Arts Show on Thursday 12th May
Media archive (1936) – Review of A Man, A Woman And A City at TEC
Media archive (1932) – Review of The Troxy Gig ‘with’ Numan at Freq.org.uk (2011)
Media archive (1935) – John Foxx is among those interviewed on the release of Close To the Noise Floor for Pop Matters in Chicago
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx & The Maths gig in Ipswich with OMD (2013)
Tweeted anniversary of Ultravox! gig in Manchester (1977)
Media archive (1933 / 1934) – John Foxx will be a guest of Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC 6Music on Friday 6th May (different fliers on FB and BBC 6 Music website)
Album released today featuring John Foxx:
Close To the Noise Floor – Various Artists (Cherry Red Records)
a 4CD, 61-track set exploring the origins of electronica in the UK. Featuring tracks from key figures on the cassette label underground alongside early releases by future stars of the movement, this is part primitive rave, part synthesiser porn and part history lesson.
Fascinating to see Foxx included here, represented by A New Kind Of Man recorded in 1979. In context, it places Metamatic further ahead of its time than it now appears. Like the adverts I saw for the album in The British Library, many of us at the time were not aware of the cutting edge that this material represents, or the groundswell of alternative electronica that was building under the surface of punk and New Wave.
Media archive (1931) -Interview with John Foxx on The Machine Stops at Louder than War
Searching the ‘Louder than War’ archive returns an overlooked Synth Top Ten published in 2015, which exemplifies the contemporary relevance of Underpass
Media archive (1930) – The 10 best Synthpop Tunes ever – an alternative view.
The inclusion of UNDERPASS here is credited to an Irish band Boa Morte.
Their 2012 debut album ‘Soon It Will Come Time To Face The Outside World‘ is superb
Book revision: Several anecdotes entered retrospectively taken from recent interviews
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx & The Maths gig in Birmingham with OMD (2013)
Media archive (1929) – Searching online for reviews turns up Destination at Room Thirteen (June 2010)
Media archive (1928) – Review of A Man A Woman And A City in Uncut Magazine
Media archive (1927) – Review of A Man A Woman And A City in Mojo Magazine
Media archive (1926) – Review of A Man A Woman And A City in Q Magazine
Media archive (1925) – Review of Close To the Noise Floor at The Electricity Club
Media archive (1924) – Interview with John Foxx on The Machine Stops in The Northern Echo
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx & The Maths gig in Margate with OMD (2013)
Media archive (1923) – new interview on Close To the Noise Floor with Foxx at Soundblab
Media archive (1922) – full page article and photos in Rock & Pop (Greece, 1984)
Tweeted anniversary of five consecutive nights at Le Gibus in Paris
Modreno: features in The Professionals ‘Sky Probe’ (Series 5, Episode 6) 12th December 1982 and Minder ‘Get Daley’ (Series 4, Episode 10) 14 March 1984
London: archive research in the British Library. Searched Melody Maker Classified Ad sections for ‘Musicians Wanted‘ advert. It was not published in the eight issues dated December 1973 or January 1974; viewed music press adverts and interviews from 1980 – futuristic nature of Metamatic presentation striking in context
London: visited the site of Modreno in Albion Yard; gates open, so wandered in for photos.
Facade of two original warehouses remain.
Media archive (1921) – Interview with John Foxx on The Machine Stops in Lancashire Life
Found a new artwork piece by Foxx online at Artsy, uploaded September 2015 via BCB
Media archive (1920) – The Quietus exclusive preview of Talk (Are You Listening To Me?) with Gary Numan, including an interview with both artists
Tweeted anniversary of an Exotour gig with Louis Gordon in Glasgow (1998)
Tweeted anniversary of an Exotour gig with Louis Gordon in Birmingham (1998)
Referenced images of Mannequin On Staircase by Man Ray (1930) and
Nude Descending A Staircase by Duchamp (1912).
John Foxx A Woman On A Stairway (1985) is a pivotal track in his catalogue
Underpass (Dave Clarke Rework) released today on Charcoal Eyes compilation album
Thought Experiment: Listened twice through again to Van Morrison’s 1968 album Astral Weeks, to which In Mysterious Ways bears an uncanny resemblance. There are stylistic connections between the arrangements and vocals on the title piece and other tracks including especially The Way Young Lovers Do and Beside You. The lyrics include lines that Foxx uses on IMW (Birds sing, bells ring / Down through gardens wet with rain / Another time another place etc.)
Songs like Spin Away, IMW, Morning Glory in particular have roots in these Van M tracks, but no reference or acknowledgement has ever been made.
Must listen again and write a blog piece on the two…
Media archive (1919) – news at Vespertine (York) of a live performance and Q&A by John Foxx and Benge on May 9th, ahead of The Machine Stops
No-one has picked up on this and it is not referred to anywhere else. Posted 29th March
Book revision: Ongoing editorial, including anecdotes from above media
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at the Top Rank in Brighton (1977)
Listen to John Cheever reading The Swimmer: http://www.openculture.com/2014/06/john-cheever-reads-the-swimmer.html
Media archive (1916) – review of Dave Clarke’s Charcoal Eyes album, inc Underpass at
Zap! Bang! magazine
Media archive (1915) – Benge publishes a commentary on Talk (Are You Listening To Me?) online at his blog Its Full Of Stars
Blackwells in Oxford have 8 Arden Shakespeare Third Series titles in stock.
The cover image appears to wrap onto the back (not including the spine), but on closer inspection it appears that a section of each front cover is repeated.
Blackwells also had in stock a copy of Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War novel ‘The Things They Carried’ with an original Foxx cover – but only in paperback
Found online an image of the Southampton University gig ticket with Supercharge (1977)
Book revision: Foxx was supported by ‘Neon’ in Italy on 1983 tour, not Eddie & Sunshine
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Tiffany’s in Edinburgh (1977)
Tweeted anniversary of a gig in Sheffield, reviewed by Adi Newton for Gun Rubber (1977)
Media archive (1912) – Picture of John at home published in Ongaku Senka (Dec 1981)
Book revision: Editorial review progressing…
Posted transcript of a German review from Bravo magazine (October 1978), with a view to feedback and amendments
Media archive (1911) – Quotes for Numan and Foxx on “Talk” remix by Eddie Temple Morris
Media archive (1910) – A1 format (portrait) poster for the Southend gig (December 1983)
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at 76 Club in Burton on Trent (1977)
Tweeted anniversary of the publication of Arden Shakespeare’s Pericles
Media archive (1909) – Belatedly caught on to the new bandcamp page (launched March 25th) where The Quiet Man is the first digital release
Discovered a new online archive for crowdsourced media at The People’s History of Pop
which returned two media items:
Media archive (1908) – Marquee venue listing for February 1978
Media archive (1907) – A1 format (landscape) poster for The Lyceum gig (December 1983)
Media archive (1906) – Press release from York Theatre on When The Machine Stops
includes quote from John Foxx on E M Forster’s novel
Book revision: endorsement of the First Draft from Paul Simon, who describes it as excellent and offers further input on the Ultravox years. Further notes on Ultravox at Reading in 1978 inspired by the following:
Media archive (1905) – Cazzfoxx posts a review of Ultravox at Reading (1978) from NME
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at the Toby Jug in Tolworth (1977)
Book revision: more editorial, at last cutting some text! Added some notes on Richard Guyatt (Professor of Art at RCA in 1973) and Chris Allen’s brother Jeff.
Media archive (1904) – The Electricity Club presents a beginner’s guide to Mark Reeder
Tweeted anniversary of the simultaneous release of Shifting City and Cathedral Oceans – the return of John Foxx
Media archive (1903) – The Guardian feature on how Primal Scream, Ministry, the Cult and Ultravox and Misty Miller reinvented their sound. Anecdotes from John Foxx
Media archive (1902) – Review of Bright Sparks album online at Team Rock (Feb 2016)
A master tape reel of The Garden (recorded 21 September 1981 at the Town House) appears for sale on ebay.
Encycolpedia Electronica – “A lot of these reels have been appearing recently – they were licensed out from UK to Yugoslavia and should have been returned, but weren’t”
On North Cotswold Community Radio (NCCR) Chris Watts Wednesday evening slot ‘In The Moog’ features A Woman On A Stairway – with a dedication to me following a chat on Twitter
Tweeted anniversary of the release of A Secret Life (2009)
22 March 2016
Online conversations with an Australian fan of early Ultravox! and made an approach to The Kats, who supported Ultravox at The Cuckoo’s Nest
21 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Interplay (2011)
Book revision: 2 hours laborious editorial ended up mostly correcting typos…
20 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at the The Fleetwood in Redondo Beach, LA (1979)
John Foxx and Robin Simon’s last gig with Ultravox
19 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at the Cuckoo’s Nest in Costa Mesa, CA (1979)
Tweeted anniversary of the first published interview with Ultravox (Sounds, 1977)
18 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at Squeeze’s Place in Riverside, CA (1979)
Tweeted anniversary of UK press announcing Robin Simon has joined the band (1978)
Book revision: anecdotes from The Suzannes, on the Stokvishal gig (1978)
Media archive (1901) – Stokvishal poster (1978)
15 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood (1979)
Tweeted anniversary of the download only Destination ‘single’ (2010)
Book revision: anecdotes from Erik Stein
13 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco (1979)
Downloaded the Soho Radio interview to start work on a transcript
Downloaded exclusive broadcast of Dave Clarke’s Underpass Rework from Drag City Radio
12 March 2016
Media archive (1900) – Billboard magazine’s reports on new releases in Canada (July 1981)
Book revision: small update on the Bitmap Brothers. Re-wording and edit
Book revision: notes from John’s recent interview enables anecdotes on Woolly Fish
Tweeted anniversary of gig at The Coffeehouse in Davis CA (1979); also gig a year earlier in Arnhem (Netherlands) that still needs dating.
Joined a The Suzannes FB group in an attempt to gain information on this gig.
Tweeted anniversary of this wonderful interview with John by Jonty Skruff
11 March 2016
Book revision: anecdotes about Eno, Underpass and Art College portfolios from JF’s interview with Mark Jones. More to follow.
Book revision: gig anecdote from audience member at Glasgow Apollo in 1976
Media archive (1899) – Venue poster from Glasgow Apollo, December 19th 1976
10 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at Grinnell College in Iowa (1979)
News that John Foxx was interviewed live to air by Mark Jones for Soho Radio yesterday.
Announced by Jones on March 4th, but overlooked by all sources
Confirmation from Drag City Radio (Sheffield) that Dave Clarke’s Rework of Underpass is a new track, released on Record Store Day (April 16th)
News also that Underpass _Dave Clarke Rework was broadcast on Sheffield Live last night at 9pm
09 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at Gaspar’s in Chicago MI.
Media archive (1898) – Soho Radio interview with Mark Jones
08 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gig at Bookies in Detroit MI.
Book revision: Notes of the dichotomy and duality of Bookies Gay Bar / Punk club
07 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the third gig at The Edge in Toronto
Book revision: extensive re-write of the section on punk in 1977.
Ultravox WERE a punk band…
Archive: Exploring possibility that Ultravox did NOT play two dates at Paradise Theater in Boston MA on the 1979, but in fact played the Euphoria Club on March 2nd and Paradise on March 3rd?? Two shows at each venue, and HSR in support on both dates
Was the show at Buffalo NY the following night recorded and broadcast…?
Opened a private chat with Australian journalist Mick Jeremy of Foxx-era Ultravox
Thought Experiment: The Other Side on B-Movie – Ballardian Video Neuronica is a recorded version of the piece played live by Foxx at The Show Room in Camden in March 2011.
Timing is right. Playing the album again tonight entirely by coincidence while reading my review of that show. The description I wrote at the time suggests it is the same piece.
06 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the second gig at The Edge in Toronto
Prepared list of media items for Jan 16 and Feb 16 for metamatic.com
05 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the first gig at The Edge in Toronto
04 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the sellout 300+ gigs at Stage One, Buffalo NY (1979)
Media archive (1897) – Soho Radio interview advertised on FB (March 4th)
03 March 2016
Tweeted anniversary of the gigs at Paradise Theater in Boston MA (1979).
This prompted a follow-up email to members of support band HSR in Hudson
Media archive (1896) – Response on John’s interview with Fortean Times (2011)
Media archive (1895) – Interview with Luis Vasquez of The Soft Moon on Evidence (2014)
02 March 2016
Media archive (1894) – small cameo by Foxx on Bowie in the retrospective feature on Bowie in Electronic Sound 19, recollecting Bowie’s call to Eno from Berlin in 1976
Book revision: An extract of Max Ernst’s ‘Europe After The Rain‘ is used on the cover of J G Ballard’s novel ‘Memories Of The Space Age’ (Arkham House, 1988)
Book revision: Dennis Leigh’s metamorphosis sequence from The Image is published in a review of the same by Roger Finborough in Penthouse (October 1971)
01 March 2016
No official news yet, but David Buckley announces on FB that he has just completed the sleevenotes for an Ultravox box-set of the first three albums
Received I Monster | Bright Sparks CD
Another aborted attempt to do some editorial work…!
29 February 2016
Sourced media for the archive while listening to Cult With No Name – Above As Below:
Media archive (1893) – Review of BVR Soundtrack in The Crack, referencing John Foxx
Media archive (1892) – Preview of Wrangler’s He’s A Liquid in The Drone, France (Feb 2016)
Media archive (1891) – Review of 20th Century: The Noise in Mexico (October 2015)
Media archive (1890) – Review of Burning Car at The Arts Desk (Feb 2016)
27 February 2016
Media archive (1889) – News of a remix compilation by Dave Clarke featuring Underpass coming in April.
But which version? Is “Underpass (Dave Clarke Rework)” the same as “_Unsubscribe_Remake Mix) by Dave Clarke & Mr Jones” as released on the 2o13 limited edition 12″ single?
Met a man from Chorley in the pub. The correct pronunciation of Euxton is “Exton”.
Will follow up as he was educated at St Mary’s Catholic School…
26 February 2016
Two albums released today:
He’s A Liquid EP (META60) on vinyl (limited to 500 copies) and MP3, featuring Metamatic covers by Gazelle Twin, Wrangler, The Soft Moon, Hannah Peel and Xeno & Oaklander. Disappointing that two out of the five tracks are versions of He’s A Liquid
Bright Sparks – I Monster on CD, gatefold vinyl and various download formats, including Electric Dream Plant (EDP) – the dirt in the ointment with vocals (and lyrics) by John Foxx
Book revision: Notes on the New York Times review of Ultravox! at Hurrah and the radio broadcast of the Philadelphia show
Media archive (1888) – Chart Sounds feature on John Foxx (October 1981)
25 February 2016
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Ultravox! debut album
Media archive (1887) – New York Times article on Ultravox US tour (March 1979)
This article states “the English band made its American debut in the wee small hours of Wednesday morning” which is contra to what is currently listed in the archives? It is incorrect.
NME (24th Feb) reported that Ultravox began their tour on a Saturday??
All bootlegs etc list the date of the first show as 23rd February 1979, but this was a Friday and is thought to be incorrect. Most likely (like many shows, including that opener at Hurrah’s and one at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco) it started just after midnight the following day which seems typical of broadcast shows.
The show at Philadelphia’s Hot Club was broadcast on WIOQ 102.1FM
Media archive (1886) – New York Times article on UK punk references Ultravox (Nov 1977)
23 February 2016
Michael Marsch (Rockpalast Archiv in Germany) confirms: Ultravox played only Rock Pop one time in 1978 and at ROCKPOP IN CONCERT 1983. They never played at Rockpalast.
Andrew Marvick requests permission to cite our correspondence in a paper he is writing on Foxx use of imagery
Media archive (1885) – news of B-Movie… being screened at Rio Cinema in Hackney on March 13th as part of a JG Ballard afternoon
22 February 2016
Further work on a couple of album headers for metamatic.com
20 February 2016
Watched the German ‘Rock Pop’ 1976 TV broadcast again
Book revision: This set was filmed at the Rainbow Theatre on 19 Feb 1977
It is still unclear which German TV show broadcast the set, and when.
‘Rock Pop’ did not broadcast (on ZDF) until September 1977 and – according to this forum – Ultravox appeared only once (performing Frozen Ones) on 14th January 1978.
This would be in response to the single being released in Germany (in November 1977?) which coincided with their first live shows there
Another German TV show of the period was Rockpalast (on WDR), but this archive shows no reference to Ultravox either…?
Ultravox did appear on ‘Szene 77’ on ARD in June, performing Young Savage.
Email various German archivists, TV companies etc courting a response to clarify the programme and broadcast date
Received two complimentary CWNN albums – Above As Below and Another Landing from Erik Stein
19 February 2016
Media archive (1884) – Review of BVR soundtrack in Italy from October 2015
Media archive (1883) – Unedited text of interview with John Foxx from Erik Stein (2007) for the now defunct Wound magazine #Issue 3
Media archive (1882) – Review of BVR soundtrack in French national newspaper Liberation ( 26 January 2016)
Media archive (1881) – Review of BVR soundtrack in French music paper
Les InRockuptibles (8 December 2015)
Electronic Sound upload a preview of Hannah Peel’s cover of Tidal Wave from He’s A Liquid. I think previews and advance uploading of music dilutes the impact of the release
Tweeted anniversary of the Rainbow Theatre show with Eddie & the Hot Rods (1977)
18 February 2016
Media archive (1880) – Interview with Foxx by NME’s Nick Kent re-published in RAM Australia (May, 1980). Annotated with a picture by Adrian Boot, rather than the original images by Anton Corbijn.
17 February 2016
Media archive (1879) – Overlooked item from Exclaim in Canada promoting the Talk video by Makoto Teska (2013)
Enquiry to Erik Stein via Twitter re: interview with Foxx. ES offers to send copy.
16 February 2016
Media archive (1878) – Jeremy Greenspan lists Foxx among his favourite singers (2004)
Media archive (1877) – Jeremy Greenspan lists Metamatic as his “turning point” album
Exclusive interview with Erik Stein published at metamatic.com, discussing Blue Velvet Revisited and his film work with John Foxx.
The interview refers to an interview Stein did with Foxx (and Numan?) at Battersea in 2007. More likely 2009 when planning Electricity & Ghosts…
Erik Stein reviewed the D.N.A. exhibition in 2009 for Glass magazine
Made a rare visit to ebay and found an Italian cassette of The Garden with a Metamatic cover…and
Media archive (1876) – Golden Section tour dates in a Japanese magazine, November 1983
15 February 2016
Media archive (1875) –
News of He’s A Liquid 12″inch EP posted at metamatic.com and the official store at Townsend Records.
Five unique cover versions by Hannah Peel, Wrangler, The Soft Moon, Lonelady and Xeno & Oaklander. Includes digital download. 45 rpm
Artwork by Barnbrook.
14 February 2016
Media archive (1874) – Jeremy Greenspan lists Metamatic in his All Time Top Ten
Media archive (1873) – Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys cites John Foxx as an influence on his latest album ‘Big Black Coat‘
12 February 2016
Media archive (1872) – BVR post a short 2-minute trailer of the forthcoming film
10 February 2016
Media archive (1871) – Post-Punk Monk notes on latest and forthcoming releases
Tweeted the anniversary of a gig at Eric’s (1978)
8 February 2016
News of 21st Century: A Man A Woman and A City posted at metamatic.com and the official store at Townsend Records.
Deluxe edition includes Makoto Tezka films on a DVD with the Deluxe edition, plus three live studio Maths recordings for download. CD includes the two outstanding Maths songs (‘A Man And A Woman’ and ‘A Many Splendoured Thing’) and Gary Numan’s remix of ‘Talk’.
Artwork by Barnbrook.
Media archive (1869) – see above
Media archive (1870) – Previously unseen article in Germany’s Bravo magazine (1978) to transcribe and date
7 February 2016
Made initial contact with Neil Storey regarding the Hidden Masters series and the
Island Book of Records project
Tweeted anniversary of a gig with The Distractions (Feb 1978) and put out call for any bands who supported Ultravox! to get in touch
5 February 2016
News of the Cherry Red compilation Close To the Noise Floor feat. A New Kind Of Man
Media archive (1868) – Advert for £1 off Ha! Ha! Ha! at Virgin Records (October 1977)
Put together this fantasy artwork and playlist of ‘missing’ pieces
4 February 2016
Tweeted anniversary of Ultravox! debut single Dangerous Rhythm (1977)
Conversation with Al Darby on Twitter re: Masters degree @TVU with Dennis Leigh
3 February 2016
Sourced dates for two German items on Ultravox! from July 77 and Aug 78, written by Ingeborg Schober. Helpful in the challenge to unravel confusion over performances and visits to Germany.
2 February 2016
Media archive (1863) – Review of Evergreen at Electric Banana (2011)
Media archive (1864) – Review of Evergreen at Hyperstereo (2012)
Media archive (1865) – Review of The Pleasures Of Electricity at The Electrogarden Network (2003)
Media archive (1866) – Karborn’s Tumblr post of stills from Evidence Of Time Travel
Media archive (1867) – Review of Bright Sparks (album) at Electronic Musician
1 February 2016
049 – Second Annual of the Advertising Circle (1987).
Not only is the cover wrap by Dennis Leigh in his characteristic gold leaf style, but the book contains also three unique collages beautifully photographed by Neil Waterson and three ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ cameo artworks.
This is the earliest known example of Leigh’s work of this kind
Book revision: notes on the above, produced while Leigh was registered with The Chase in Manchester. Introduce Neil Waterson and Ben Casey
Quote from Foxx on his contribution to Eno’s 1994 ‘Warchild’ exhibition in London
Media archive (1862) – Attack magazine feature on Top Ten drum machines
Tweeted anniversary of Foxx reading When You Walk Through Me (2010)
31 January 2016
Media archive (1860) – Interview in Musik Express (Germany) May 1978
Media archive (1861) – Review of Empty Avenues (Uncut) December 2013
Also found a scan of Angus MacKinnon’s scathing review of RETRO EP (NME, April 1978)
30 January 2016
Media archive (1861) – Review of Burning Car by Paul Pledger for Flipside
29 January 2016
Album release: Burning Car 12″ vinyl (gatefold sleeve designed by Barnbrook)
28 January 2016
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at Southampton University (1977)
Tweeted anniversary of a gig in Norwich (1978)
27 January 2016
In an interview with The Electricity Club, Gary Numan confirms he has finished work on a John Foxx remix ‘collaboration’.
Copies of Burning Car vinyl album are despatched to fulfill pre-orders
26 January 2016
Book revision: Venue notes on the Coffee House at University of California, Davis (1979)
Book jacket artwork: – The Second Annual of the Advertising Creative Circle (1987)
Artwork: London portrait photographer Neil Waterson uses a Dennis Leigh image on his homepage.
This is a genuine rarity and an absolutely beautiful, unique unpublished collage. The only other example of the picture in print is in a 1992 book ‘The Pleasure Of Reading’ published by Bloomsbury to celebrate the bicentenary of WH Smith where it is only 40 x 30mm
25 January 2016
Re-visited website archive headers for 2013, 2014 and 2015 – all slightly too long
24 January 2016
Book revision: Began the first attempt to edit the Timeline draft, cutting out superfluous adjectives and reducing the word-count…
Tweeted the anniversary of a gig at the Market Hall in Carlisle (1978). Did this take place- sources suggest only 13 tickets were sold in advance and the show was cancelled?
Social media chat about pictures of Ultravox! in a Chiswick park, 1978
Further conversations on Foxx artwork with Dr Michael Whitworth in Oxford
23 January 2016
Book revision: Notes on Stack Waddy and confirmation of their performance at Mr Smith’s in Manchester. Now trying to establish the date c1973
22 January 2016
Media archive (1858) – Record Collector (November 2013) ran an advert for Empty Avenues; also identified the source of a’rare zine appearance by a rather snobby’ John Foxx in Manchester fanzine ‘Pogo Til I Die’ (Winter 2003).
Simon Dell at Encyclopedia Electronica may be able to track down a copy of Roy Hesketh’s work?
via Facebook, Andrew Dineley made available the entire text of his interview with Foxx for Classic Pop last year. Fascinating reading, and significantly expands on key areas. I sent a copy to Andrew Marvick in Utah.
Book revision: Foxx reveals in this interview that he was at RCA with celebrated animators, the Brothers Quay and asked them to produce a video for Underpass…
Tweeted the anniversary of a gig at the Apollo in Glasgow (1978)
21 January 2016
Book revision: Summary of John Foxx BBC airplay in the last three years
Tweeted the anniversary of a gig at The Music Hall, Aberdeen (1978)
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of The Pleasures Of Electricity (2002)
Tweeted the anniversary of Site Soundings exhibition feat. Cathedral Oceans
20 January 2016
Media archive (1857) – John Foxx postulates on Kraftwerk in latest issue of Classic Pop
Tweeted the anniversary of a gig at The Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle (1978)
Wrote the ‘2015’ Archive header for metamatic.com
19 January 2016
Media archive (1856) – Advert for Metadelic in Record Collector (July 2013)
18 January 2016
Tweeted the anniversary of the release of Metamatic (1980)
Also tweeted updates to Archive (1998) at metamatic.com
17 January 2016
Invited to consider comparisons between I Want To Be A Machine and this version of Bowie’s Drive-In Saturday, performed live in Cleveland, 1972
Media archive: 1855 pieces, including updates from 2016, 2009 and 1977.
2015 only the seventh year to exceed 100 ‘ghost sightings’ = 109 entries
Received from RH a photo of John performing Tiny Colour Movies in Leeds –
“birdsong was audible”
16 January 2016
Gig archive: This website (thisdayinpunk) suggests a Tiger Lily gig at The Pied Bull on October 19th, 1975. Interesting as this was a Sunday and the band played there three weeks earlier on September 28th (also a Sunday)
So is this a different gig, or does it suggest the September date is incorrect?
15 January 2016
Media archive: The Guardian’s interview with Awaydays director Kevin Sampson from May 2009
Book revision: Four Ultravox tracks secured first to provide the spine of cool and credible classics on Awaydays
13 January 2016
Wrote and uploaded this John Foxx A – Z as a writing exercise
Media archive: Bruce Butler in Australia writes an obituary of David Bowie and includes lovely anecdote on John Foxx from 1983
News: ‘Bowie did everything beautifully – right to the end.’ – John Foxx
10 January 2016
News: via Facebook, SM announces that John and Benge are ‘in the studio this week’ working on material for The Machine Stops soundtrack
8 January 2016
Tweeted news of updates to LYRICS section at metamatic.com
7 January 2016
News: Burning Car album announced for release on 28th January.
750 copies, gatefold 12″ vinyl. Artwork by Barnbrook
A bold statement for a lovely collectors item, this will be the first album NOT to include the artist’s name ‘JOHN FOXX’ on the cover
Book revision: Conversation with Steve Lillywhite suggests the band were still called Tiger Lily in early 1976 during sessions with him at Phonogram
5 January 2016
Media archive: (1849) Promotional poster issued by Island Records (Oct/Nov 1978) including Systems of Romance
4 January 2016
Media archive: (1848) Two items from Computer Game magazines in 1991 reviewing ‘Gods’, including the soundtrack ‘Into the Wonderful’.
This supports a release date for Into The Wonderful soundtrack as March 1991
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Underpass (1980)
3 January 2016
Media archive: (1846) NME advert announcing Nashville gig 9th Nov, 1976
Good quality scans of three photos from German press, April 1980
Book revision: Further correspondence with Dr Michael Whitworth re. Foxx artwork
1 January 2016
Book revision: The Wild, The Beautiful & The Damned – exploration of the identity of the ‘New York Führer‘ returns thoughts on Warhol, Bowie and (my personal favourite) Lou Reed:
Alex Grady: The Velvets were quite pivotal to a lot of alternative music, plus there is the Lou Reed LP Berlin about lives being torn apart. Anyhow if nothing musically Lou was one of the first to talk about vicious nasty themes in popular music. I do see a lot of connection to Lou, the verses are about things that Lou has sung about a lot, Calling Cards of madness: Lou having had ECT and writing songs about it such as Kill Your Sons. Break my legs politely; Vicious I don’t know but I have read a lot of Lou Reed as poetry it gives a different light on it.
Played Ultravox! again. Several thoughts came up…
Book revision: Wide Boys = Diamond Dogs?
David Bowie and the Pistols “Juke box mongrels”
Rue Morgue Avenue = Kings Road.
Malcolm McLaren and Bernie Rhodes?
“Wearing my latest disguise” is a reference to Bowie. Foxx spoke to Billboard in Jan 1978 saying how he was inspired by Bowie’s constant changes and wished he had “a wardrobe of bodies to choose from”
He extends the same metaphor on My Sex
“Foxy adolescent sneers” obviously refers to Sid Vicious.
Book revision: The Wild, The Beautiful & The Damned
“So we engineered a wild reunion in a Berlin alleyway”
In September / October 1976 while Ultravox! were recording the first album, Bowie called Eno at Island Studios to ask for his help on Low.
Could Foxx be referring to this encounter, the phone call?
Need to check the chronology of this.
When was TWTB&TD written??
Media archive: (1845) Missing In Action – Vox (May 1992) in which Foxx suggests he has already illustrated “about 40 books”
York Theatre Royal announces a new performance of EM Forster’s “The Machine Stops” (1909) in May 2016 featuring an exclusive new soundtrack by John Foxx and Benge
Good to know this story is already referenced re: I Want To Be A Machine
Book revision: Consider self-publishing via Create Space?
Media archive: Three additions (1843) – a picture from Music Life, Japan (Dec 1980), and an interview in Billboard, US (Jan 1978)
Provisional enquiry to Ros Edwards at the Edwards Fuglewicz agency
Book revision: Follow-up enquires to Louise Burns at Andrew Mann and Carrie Kania at Conville Walsh as no responses from either to date
Media archive: Belated addition (1840) – all references to and quotes by Foxx in David Buckley’s Kraftwerk biography ‘Publikation’ (August 2012)
Book revision: Karl Bartos collaboration (1990)
Andrew Lownie declines invitation to consider the book. Polite and encouraging response:
“Sorry I wouldn’t be the right agent for this but good luck with your approaches elsewhere.”
The Branwygn and West Glamorgan Archive reply with no references
Media archive: Dated three pieces from Sounds (Germany) to September and October 1978, listing tour dates (1839)
Worked on a translation of LIVE REPORT from Munich (April 1978) as published in ROCKY magazine (1840)
Online conversation with Dr Michael Whitworth on artwork and Systems Of Romance
Submitted proposal to literary agent Andrew Lownie
Further correspondence with Phnuff of The Bleach Boys.
Tweeted anniversary of a gig at The Brangwyn Hall in Swansea (1976)
Approached The Brangwyn for anecdotes and further reference.
News: Numan confirms he is still working on a John Foxx remix
14 December 2015
Book revision: Notes on The Modern Lovers, referenced by Foxx in 1976 in his introduction to the song Modern Love.
Book revision: Notes on Steve Lillywhite from The Word podcast
Media archive: Review of Ultravox! by Mark Perry in Sniffin’ Glue fanzine (1836) – introduce Danny Baker.
13 December 2015
Book revision: Notes on the Centre Point ‘overgrown’ image that Foxx saw in David Litchfield’s office c1973. Attempting to identify the artwork.
11 December 2015
News of John Foxx contribution to Bright Sparks – an album and film documenting the stories of the early electronic pioneers
Track 7 : Electronic Dream Planet (EDP) – the dirt in the ointment
Media archive: First news of this (from October 2015) and tracklist (1835 pieces)
Launched online campaign through social media to establish Ultravox! definitive appearances in Germany.
I do not believe they played there in 1976.
10 December 2015
9 December 2015
Media archive: Interviews with Warren Cann in Snot Rag (Vancouver) from 1977 and 1978; also review of Ha!Ha!Ha! (1831 pieces)
Release: I Monster’s Bright Sparks album is made available for download only from the project website. Track 7 ‘Electronic Dream Plant (EDP’ – The Dirt In The Ointment’ explores EDP’s WASP and GNat synthesizers and features lyrics and vocals by John Foxx
8 December 2015
Media archive: Album and live review from Muzikexpress in Germany 1977 added (1828 pieces)
7 December 2015
At issuu.com, Crammed Discs present a Blue Velvet Revisited press book containing all the reviews of the soundtrack album.
Media archive: added three of the above (1826 pieces)
5 December 2015
Media Archive : Added RockWRok advert (1977) and a picture of John from Japan 1981 (1823 pieces)
2 December 2015
Located The Word Podcast 192 with Steve Lillywhite in which he talks about working with Ultravox and how he came to Island Records
29 November 2015
Book revision: Toronto contract terms for gigs at The Edge (Feb 1979)
Book revision: Paul Simon’s commentary on the Ultravox! album photoshoot
28 November 2015
German magazine SPEX Muzik Zer Zeit (1985) and an item in Melody Maker (October 1977)
Media archive: 1821 pieces
Available on eBay in US – Contract for dates at The Edge (1979)
25 November 2015
Spent the evening noting and recording different METAMATIC adverts from 1980, following feedback from Encyclopedia Electronica
Media archive: 1819 pieces
23 November 2015
Book revision: Changes to Endlessly 12-inch single
22 November 2015
Andrew Dineley confirms his original 5,000 draft will be available ‘soon’
21 November 2015
Book revision: Gatiss TV production and Foxx soundtrack
Book revision: Malcolm Garrett and Underpass artwork
Tweeted anniversary of Evidence Of Time Travel (2014)
20 November 2015
Classic Pop publish Andrew Dineley’s ‘Pop Art’ interview with John Foxx.
Same magazine publish review of London Overgrown by WW
Book revision: Ansell Sadgrove, The Garden and Systems Of Romance
News: Gary Numan starts work on remixing a John Foxx track
19 November 2015
Discovered Man Ray’s 1928 silent film l’Etoile de Mer and noticed several influences on Metamatic. Blurred Girl especially. A series of shorts etc that have informed various films and images in JF’s career
17 November 2015
Researching Lissitzky as per AM’s advice leads to a re-discovery of Hausmann’s photomontage Tatlin At Home
16 November 2015
Approached a contributor at City Spaces & Popular Music to discuss Modreno (1973)
Book revision: Endlessly and the artwork
15 November 2015
Replied to Prof Marvick with close-up of detail on the reverse of Endlessly as requested.
Marvick responses immediately with more notes on Bladerunner and Matisse
14 November 2015
Tweeted anniversary of 1977 gig at Langley College, but date remains unconfirmed
10 November 2015
Review of London Overgrown at This Is Not Retro
9 November 2015
Tweeted anniversary of gigs at The Nashville (176) and Braunschweig (1978)
8 November 2015
Extensive and informative correspondence from Andrew Marvick on John Foxx artwork which will lead to extensive revision on this subject
Received Golden Section advert in programme from Pandora’s Box Music Festival, Rotterdam 1983
Review of London Overgrown at Rhythmes-Croises (in French)
7 November 2015
Book revision : Date of Foxx first exposure to Satie at Preston Art School. June 1966
Tweeted anniversary of two shows at Kant Kino in Berlin (1977)
Tweeted anniversary of two shows at Nenkin Hall, in Kosei, Japan (1983)
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Blood Diamonds (2013)
6 November 2015
The Wire publish expansive notes by John Foxx on his chart selection in Issue 381
Started to explore the ‘telephone wire’ recordings of Alan Lamb and Caleb Dupree
5 November 2015
Book revision : Notes on Speedball 2 (Brutal Deluxe) theme by Nation 12 winning best soundtrack in April 1991
Tweeted anniversary of Ultravox gig at Schwäbisch Hall, Festsaal, Germany (November 1977)
Tweeted anniversary of Ultravox gig at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany (November 1978)
Tweeted anniversary of Golden Section date at Expo Hall, Osaka (November 1983)
1 November 2015
Process started to work up A New Kind of Map (2015 edition) by re-establishing design parameters
Wrote the Network Update that has lead the infographic revision
Learned of The Cyberpunk Educator that partly influenced Karborn’s B-Movie
31 October 2015
Completed the first sketch up of A New Kind Of Map (2015 edition)
30 October 2015
Learned of a gig in Paris at le Rose Bonbon (November, 1978)
Book revision : short entry about the club (above)
Catalogued Marquee adverts from 1977 and added two items to the archive
25 October 2015
Submitted proposal to literary agent Jane Turnbull
Submitted proposal to literary agent Andrew Mann
24 October 2015
Book revision : Notes on Viktor Hammershoi and the cover of Your Dress.
John Foxx wife Patricia photographed in The Garden by Peter Gilbert, c1981
23 October 2015
Submitted proposal to literary agent Carrie Kania at Conville & Walsh
20 October 2015
Systems Of Romance test pressing for sale on ebay includes Island PR for the album.
Book revision : Systems marketing campaign, publicity material and sales figures
Huddersfield poster appears to be incorrect. Eric’s confirm BOTH gigs were 23rd September
19 October 2015
Caught up with tweeting anniversaries of Golden Section tour dates (1983)
Tweeted anniversary of the release of Shifting City, TPOE and In The Glow (2009)
Tweeted anniversary of John Foxx review of Eno’s Music For Airports (2011) here
Book revision : Music-man Stevo Pearce (Some Bizarre) indicates he was at Warwick University gig
18 October 2015
Book revision : address of John’s house in Highgate 1981 – 1995
17 October 2015
Book revision : Lindsay Kemp’s Cinderella poster 1995
Tweeted anniversary of Miles Away single (1980)
16 October 2015
Book revision : Started work on a proposal for submission to literary agents
Tweeted on release of Nighthawks, Translucence + Drift Music and London Overgrown on Amazon
Observed that the appearances at Eric’s in 1977 and 1978 were both on 23rd September.
An interesting coincidence. There is a poster advertising a gig at Huddersfield Poly on that date
15 October 2015
Book revision : Langley College support band The Speedometors (November 1977)
Book revision : Decided to seek literary agent and submit manuscript
14 October 2015
Tweeted anniversary of the release of ha!-ha!-ha! (1977)
Started online conversation with ConorMc about another unlisted gig at Langley (East Berks) College
13 October 2015
Tweeted anniversary of gig in Middlesbrough (1978)
Review online of Translucence, Drift Music and Nighthawks at Pop Matters
11 October 2015
Tweeted anniversary of gig in Aberdeen (1978)
Received transcript of ongoing interview with Erik Stein (Cult With No Name)
Book revision : Battersea 2007 and Erik Stein’s film work with John
10 October 2015
Tweeted anniversary of gig in Edinburgh (1978)
Further conversation online with Phnuff of The Bleach Boys (Fur Coughs)
9 October 2015
Reviews in Record Collector of both Blue Velvet Revisited and London Overgrown
Book revision : Anecdotes of Grey Topper (1977) from Tony Hill
Received Grey Topper booking diary from Tony Hill
8 October 2015
My review of Blue Velvet Revisited enjoyed and endorsed by Erik Stein (CWNN)
Book revision : Anecdotes of Hitchin College (1977) from Phnuff (bassist with Bleach Boys)
7 October 2015
Book revision : Learned of ‘030‘ area code assigned to West Berlin after WWII
Book revision : anecdote from Chris Cross about the Top hat in Spennymoor
Started listening to Van Morrison’s album Astral Weeks (1968) – recommended for its remarkable similarity to IMW
Advised of another gig not listed in the archives – Hitchin College 1977 (or 1976?) supported by the Fur Coughs
6 October 2015
Tweeted anniversary of Evidence of Time Travel (2014)
5 October 2015
Learned of interesting new interview The Art of John Foxx scheduled for Classic Pop in December.
TEC list Endlessly among their favourite classic 12-inch singles here
Tweeted anniversary of gig in Cleethorpes (1978) and Glasgow (2007)
Tweeted anniversary of Baker’s Dozen – John Foxx favourite 13 albums here
4 October 2015
Tweeted anniversary of gigs at Leeds Polytechnic (1977) and Preston Polytechnic (1978)
3 October 2015
Added Straits (support band) to gig in Wakefield (1978)
Found 2014 retrospective review of Ha! Ha! Ha! album here
Found reference to Young Savage in BBC 6 Music’s book on influential singles
2 October 2015
Book revision : Learned of previously unseen John Foxx picture in Danny Baker’s autobiography re: 20th Century Box.
Expanded 20th Century Box notes in book revision.
Tweeted anniversary of My Face single (1980)
1 October 2015
Started Foxxtober with an opening review of London Overgrown.
Tweeted anniversary of gigs in Liverpool (1977) and Chelmsford (1978)
Book revision : Telephone call with Paul Simon regarding Highgate
30 September 2015
Added a gig to the Ultravox! archive – The Grey Topper in Jacksdale, 22 March 1977
Book revision : anecdotes from Tony Hill‘s fascinating book.
While researching the above, came across another unknown gig – Rebecca’s in Birmingham, 19 May 1977
29 September 2015
Added this post to the blog, listing ten of the worst gigs ever according to Chris Cross of Ultravox.
Embarked on a mission to research five unknown gigs and add them to the archive
28 September 2015
Started reading book The Palace and the Punks by Tony Hill.
Excellent history of a small club venue in the 70s that attracted bigger names than it could really handle.
27 September 2015
Book revision : Began a fascinating email correspondence with painter Andrew Marvick, Professor of Art History in Utah. Following up a conversation I had with him some months back about his Foxx-inspired artworks