FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY MEMORY BANKS

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It really is strange how the human brain works.

I was finishing off yesterday’s piece on Funeral Pyre by The Jam when for some unfathomable reason my memory recalled the fact that on the day I had bought that particular single from Tam Russell’s Record Store in Shettleston Road in Glasgow I had also bought a single by Ultravox.

Now I was certain that the single in question was Sleepwalk but then when I checked the discography of the band it became clear that the single in question was All Stood Still as it was released a week or so before Funeral Pyre.

It’s a song I hadn’t thought about in what must be over 30 years.  It’s a 45 I no longer have although it is a track on the LP Vienna which sits in the cupboard unplayed for probably the same period.  I recall the single being on clear vinyl and sure enough, a check up on Discogs revealed this to be the case.  The single went to #8 in the charts – it was a slightly shorter version than the album version, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I’ve been able to track down said version:-

mp3 : Ultravox – All Stood Still

The b-side, again from memory, was an instrumental that I was sure was quite hypnotic and very similar to the sort of pre-fame Simple Minds material.  I tracked down a copy of that too and again my memory hadn’t tricked me:-

mp3 : Ultravox – Alles Klar

Neither song has really dated all that well and indeed the 45 sort of sounds a bit ridiculous in places, but hey. I’m not ashamed whatsoever of the purchase.  It kind of typified the fact that my tastes were now splitting 50-50 between post-punk guitarmusic and the increasing popularity of synyth-pop.

Enjoy.

5 thoughts on “FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY MEMORY BANKS

  1. Stand out tune from Vienna. I always head to this one, Sleepwalk or Mr. X. The more pompous tracks on Vienna always leave me a bit cold. It would be later in 1981 that Ultravox would begin getting a lot of attention from me with the release of The Voice. I am, to this day, amazed at the monumental work that is Rage In Eden. Along with Simple Mind’s Empires And Dance, it is the sound of post modern Europe.

  2. I was probably the same 50/50 post-punk/new wave vs synth pop. I bought a couple of Ultravox singles too, but they quickly became my least favourite synth poppers and I’ve never played any of their Ure-fronted songs since the early 1980s. I still play John Foxx occasionally though, especially his first post-Ultravox LP ‘Metamatic’ with the classic ‘Underpass’ on it. Music was SO exciting back then! Or I was more excitable or something.

  3. Ah, the vicious attack of “All Stood Still!” The one song on “Vienna” that could pass for a track on “Systems Of Romance.” Midge Ure tried his best to replace 40% of the “Systems Of Romance” lineup, and mostly, it failed. Not on this cracking tune, though! It achieves the kind of bleak, emotional desolation that was Foxx’s stock-in-trade quite successfully.

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