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Video Killed The Radio Star: The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

Well… with a feature called Video Killed The Radio Star, we had to get round to The Buggles song that inspired the name eventually.

The video for the 1979 song Video Called The Radio Star was directed by Australian Russell Mulcahy, who also directed Ultravox‘s landmark video for Vienna, among many other music videos, and the original Highlander movie.

It was also famously the first music video played on MTV when the music channel started broadcasting in the US in 1981 (the first video to be played on the UK MTV was Money For Nothing by Dire Straits)


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Top Of The Pops Extra: Ultravox Live In Glasgow, April 11 2009

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To round off Ultravox Week on the Choob, here, hot off the digital press, is a selection of songs from the band’s gig at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on Saturday night, the second night of their Return To Eden reunion tour.

This tour marks the first time since Live Aid in 1985 that all four members of the classic 1980s line-up (Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann) have performed together. It was like they’d never been away.

Here are a few videos shot at the Glasgow gig. The sound quality is a bit variable but all in all, not so bad.

First up, Vienna:

Next, Visions In Blue:

Here is Hymn (with some, uh, astonishing backing vocals…), which is one of my favourite Ultravox songs:

This is One Small Day, another of my favourites:

Next, The Voice, the final song of the night:

The haunting sound of Lament:

And finally, Sleepwalk:

Hope you enjoyed Ultravox Week on The Cathode Ray Choob. We now return you to your regularly scheduled viewing.



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Video Killed The Radio Star: Ultravox

Ultravox Week on The Cathode Ray Choob continues with a couple of my favourite songs/videos from the band.

First up, from the 1982 album Quartet, we have the excellent Hymn, in which the band members (Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann) sell their souls to a demonic Sam Neill-lookalike:

And here is the awesome One Small Day, from the 1984 album Lament. By Ultravox standards, the video is a little restrained and unadventurous – but as far as “band-playing” videos go, it’s a good ‘un.

Both vids are viewable in HD versions.

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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Filthy, Rich and Catflap – Midge Uurghhh!

As you know from yesterday’s Top Of The Pops Thursday, this is Ultravox Week on The Cathode Ray Choob, celebrating the band’s Return To Eden reunion tour, which kicks off today.

And so, this week’s classic TV clip features Ultravox singer Midge Ure being ridiculed by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson on the short-lived 1987 BBC comedy Filthy Rich & Catflap (which also starred Nigel Planer), the (somewhat less successful) follow-up to The Young Ones.

Note that this is the unedited version of Ure’s cameo – the version released on DVD cut the section of the scene where Edmondson sings a few lines of The Police song Roxanne, due to royalties issues.

What you need to know before watching this clip (for reasons that will become obvious) is that the Ultravox song Vienna was famously kept off number-one spot in the UK top-40 singles chart in 1981 by a comedy song called Shaddap Your Face by Joe Dolce.


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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Ultravox

The Choob is off to see the newly-reformed Ultravox in Glasgow (lead singer Midge Ure ‘s home city) this weekend.

The Return To Eden Tour marks the first time since Live Aid in 1985 that the classic-era Ultravox line-up (Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann) have performed together.

They were one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager and I saw them at Glasgow’s Barrowland on their final tour, back in ’87, before they split (they were a three-piece by then as Cann had already departed). So, 22 years later (yikes!), I’m delighted to be going to their first reunion tour as well.

And so, in honour of the masters of ’80s New Romantic synthpop, this week (or at least the next few days) is officially Ultravox Week on The Cathode Ray Choob.

First up, for Top Of The Pops Thursday, we have a few classic live Ultravox performances.

And lets start with the ultimate gig of all time, 1985’s Live Aid:

First, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (from the 1984 album Lament) and the band’s signature song, and biggest hit, Vienna (from the 1980 album of the same name):

Also from Live Aid (these tracks did not make it onto the Live Aid DVD release a couple of years ago – the sound quality is a bit variable), here are Reap The Wild Wind (from the 1982 album Quartet) and One Small Day (my all-time favourite Ultravox song), from the Lament album:

Next, some of their less-well known songs. Here is the first single from the Midge Ure era, and their first top-40 hit, Sleepwalk (from the Viennaalbum), as performed on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops circa 1980:

Here is the Mine For Life, from the Quartet album and filmed at the London Hammersmith Odeon during the band’s 1982 Monument tour:

This one is All Stood Still, also from Vienna, filmed at a gig in Dortmund, West Germany, in 1983:

Next up, the haunting, celtic sounds of Man Of Two Worlds, from Lament, performed on the BBC’s Oxford Road Show in 1984:

And finally, Serenade, from the album Quartet, performed (I think) on Saturday-morning kids TV show Get Set For Summer:

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