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Edsel is proud to announce its programme to re-issue all four of John Foxx’s groundbreaking albums for the Virgin label in newly-expanded 2 CD Editions with non-album tracks and a previously unreleased material from the album sessions, newly re-mastered from the original tapes by Foxx himself.
John Foxx formed Ultravox! in 1975, and the band recorded three influential albums for Island (one produced by Brian Eno), before Foxx decided to go solo in 1979.
“Metamatic”, his first solo album, released in early 1980, charted at number 18 in the UK, and was preceded by the classic hit single “Underpass”, included on the album. Also featured is the follow-up hit “No-One Driving”.
Disc Two includes two further hit singles “Burning Car” and “Miles Away”, and five non-album b-sides, as well as the previously unreleased tracks “To Be With You”, “Cinemascope”, “Young Love”, “Like A Miracle” and “A New Kind Of Man [alternate version]”. The booklet will contain the lyrics to all the songs as well as rare photos from 1980.
|| ||He's A Liquid|
|| ||Metal Beat|
|| ||No-One Driving |
|| ||A New Kind Of Man|
|| ||Blurred Girl|
|| ||Tidal Wave|
|| ||Touch And Go|
|| ||Film One|
|| ||This City|
|| ||To Be With You|
|| ||Burning Car|
|| ||Mr No|
|| ||Young Love|
|| ||20th Century|
|| ||My Face|
|| ||Like A Miracle (Alternative Version)|
|| ||A New Kind Of Man (Alternate Version)|
|| ||He's A Liquid (Alternative Version)|
Record Collector, December 2007
“Bells and whistles added to minimalist clang”
Back in 1979 John Foxx left Ultravox!, because he saw synthesised music as the future. By this time Ultravox! fan Gary Numan had kicked down the door to synth-pop with Are Friends Electric? and two follow up singles Cars and We Are Glass. Thus, when Foxx’s Metamatic came out in 1980, it not only made the Top 20, but spawned two Top 40 singles in Underpass and No One Driving.
Although reissued on CD in the past, it’s now received the whole nine yards treatment, with a bonus CD that incorporates rare B-sides and unreleased tracks, such as To Be With You, Like A Miracle and Young Love. Of course, with bands such as Klaxons singing Metamatic’s praises, Foxx is currently receiving young love aplenty. To be frank, however, Metamatic has not worn well. Although the analogue synth textures work well on the singles and tracks such as Plaza, Metal Beat and Touch & Go, the rhythms of the drum machines and overall sound of A New Kind Of Man and Tidal Wave are very dated. Considering how adventurous and warm the Human League’s Reproduction and Travelogue from the same period are, Metamatic is the sound of music austerity.
“Solo debut that launched a thousand bleeps”
In 1980, this was what the future was supposed to sound like. Foxx, a brain full of JG Ballard, left misunderstood pioneers Ultravox to craft minimalist electronic pop. While it’s easy to parody lyrics like “underwater kind of silence/humming of electric pylons”, Foxx was smarter than Numan and colder than Japan. Amid the staccato synths (“click, click, drum”, he sighs), his yawn of “another scene began” reveals a man intent on substance over style. This is the Klaxons’ all-time favourite album, apparently, but its influence moves immeasurably beyond that.
Mojo, November 2010
“Robotic, mechanical, sterile and haunting...does not sound a bit dated”.
The man also knows as Dennis Leigh continues to be productive, but his classic album is now the 30-year-old Metamatic. Recorded in what Foxx called “an eight-track cupboard in Islington”, and still utilising some still fairly primitive kit, Metamatic, his first solo LP after leaving Ultravox!, is arguably one of the most under-emoted records in pop history. The album is full of fear of, and wonderment at, the city and modern society, and reveals the unmistakeable influence of J.G. Ballard on classics Underpass, No-one Driving and Plaza. The sound is harshly electronic, yet utterly hypnotising.