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Ultravox! - The Island Years album review

Album Review

John Foxx-fronted electro-pop pioneers’ first three albums boxed with 20 essential rarities.

The exclamation mark is crucial. Originally a nod to Neu!, it served to represent the shock of the new. Every aspect of the original Ultravox! was exclamatory and everything changed when they dropped it. Formed in 1974 by Royal College of Art student Dennis Leigh, Ultravox!’s rapid metamorphosis into one of the punk era’s most progressive and influential combos came courtesy of the healthy competition between Leigh (soon to be rechristened John Foxx) and Eddie Maelov of the eternally overlooked Gloria Mundi.


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