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.