Tag: Chris Cross

JOHN FOXX: The Metamatic Interview

May 2018 sees a new edition release of JOHN FOXX’s seminal 1980 album ‘Metamatic’. The 3CD package also includes some previously unseen photos and drawings by John with 49 tracks in total. The Electricity Club were fortunate to get an advanced preview of the new additions and there are some real gems in there. JOHN FOXX kindly spoke to The Electricity Club about the gestation of the album and the transition from ULTRAVOX Mk1 to solo artist. Continue Reading ›

A Beginner’s Guide To MIDGE URE

MIDGE URE needs no introduction as one of the UK’s most highly regarded songwriters and musicians. Having become fascinated by KRAFTWERK when they hit the UK charts with ‘Autobahn’ in 1975, he purchased his first synth, a Yamaha CS50 in 1977. Best known for his involvement in ULTRAVOX and VISAGE, The Electricity Club looks back at MIDGE URE’s great adventure in electronic music via this twenty track Beginner’s Guide, with a restriction of one track per album / project Continue Reading ›

ULTRAVOX Rise of the Soft Synth

GForce Software have just issued a fascinating viral film of soundcheck footage and a brief backstage chat with ULTRAVOX during the ‘Brilliant’ tour about using the company’s plug-in synths to recreate the sounds from their classic albums. In the interview, the band’s two main synthesists Billy Currie and Chris Cross discuss the VSM, Oddity, impOSCar2 and Minimonsta. Chris particularly enthuses about the VSM’s ability to replicate the Elka Rhapsody 610. Continue Reading ›

ULTRAVOX Brilliant

One of the main talking points about 'Brilliant' has been Midge Ure’s voice. As one of the British music’s most respected elder statesman who has been involved in three UK No1s (the first was in 1976 with SLIK) plus two German No 1s in Fade To Grey with VISAGE and his own Breathe, Ure’s tones now possess a fragility and honesty that can only come from battle-hardened life experience. Continue Reading ›