Ultravoxwas a British band who played pop electronic style of music and was one of the first bands who played this type of music. The band was formed by John Foxx, born as Dennis Leigh (vocalist, songwriter, and keyboard player. Other members of the band were Chris Cross (bass guitar player), Billy Currie (keyboard & violin player), Stevie Shears (guitar player), and Warren Cann (percussion).The band was known as Tiger Lily in the beginning. They released the cover single called, Ainít Misbehaviní, in 1974. After that they changed their name to Ultravox!. The exclamation mark was in reference to the band called, Neu!. The album and the single neither one hit the charts in the U. K.. The band returned in 1977 and released, Ha! Ha! Ha! And from the album came the single, Rockwrok. Neither of these made it to the charts either. At this point, Stevie Shears left the band so he could form his own band called, Faith Global. From the album was the track called, Hiroshima Mon Amour. The song is still one of the bandís most favored songs of their early songs released. In 1978 the group dropped the exclamation mark from their name and left it just, Ultravox.
In 1978, the group released their third album called, Systems of Romance. The album was a flop commercially. Island Records dropped the band after the album flopped. The band gained a new guitar player named, Robin Simon, but after the record company dropped the band, Robin left to join the band called Magazine and John Foxx left the group to pursue solo career. Midge Ure asked to join the band so he took the place of John Foxx. The group released their next album called, Vienna, and it turned out to be their most successful album of them all. It was released on the Chrysalis Records label. There was also a music video to go along with the album. The album reached number 2 on the U. K. Top 40 chart in 1981. The band teamed up with the producer, George Martin, and released the album called, Quartet, in 1982. This was their most successful album in the U. S.. The groupís album called, Lament, which was released in 1984, was the last one which consisted of the classic lineup. Warren Cann was asked to leave the band and after the album called, U-Vox, was released, Ure also decided to leave the group and he suggested to Cross to leave too.
Simon and Currie reunited in 1989 as the group, Humania. They performed live shows but did not release anything until 2006 when Billy Currie released a Humania recorded album called, Sinews of the Soul. Billy reformed Ultravox again in 1992 along with Tony Fenelle and they recorded, Revelation. Sam Blue later replaced Tony and they released their final album called, Ingenuity, in 1996. The band released a total of 13 albums, 11 compilations, and 27 singles during their career.
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