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This is Ultravox when they were just starting out, and although the Roxy Music & Eno influences are heavily apparent, the snotty energy of the punk movement is what makes this album blast out of the speakers. It's in a similar vein to the first Gary Numan album, a sort of computerized glam-punk.
I would highly recommend Ha-Ha-Ha to fans of Roxy Music, Eno, Gary Numan, the Buzzcocks, David Bowie and classic new wave. It should also appeal to fans of newer bands like Interpol, stellastarr*, the Stokes, Elefant, the Rapture, TV on the Radio, etc etc....
The first 2 , Ultravox and Ha!Ha!Ha! are absolute must have albums if one is collecting the creme de la creme of the Punk/NewWave breakout in the 70s
The song "Fear in The Western World" is a song that should be a huge hit right now, it is so on target for now one must suspect the song was prophetic.
If John Foxx had not decided to quit and vanish into is own wholly non-commercial electronic music, Ultravox would now be recognized as one the classic great bands of our times.
But, John Foxx, by his own admission stated the idea of fame he found discomfiting and he just wanted out.
He simply he may be the best lyricist that ever came and then said, i don't like this biz and dropped out.
If you are a lover of the burst of creative energy that came in the 70s punk/new wave, the two neglected albums must be in your collection.
i rate Ha!Ha!Ha! among the top 10 albums of the 70s, with the first album Ultravox in the top 20.
i am of the 70s genration, heard all of it, lived in it, and have been irritated to this day the above albums have been largely forgotten.
You have driving full blast rockers such as "Rock Rock" and "Fear In the Western World.( which ends explosively with "I Feel the FEAR in the Western WWWWOOOORRRRRLLLDDD!!!")
The atmosperic haunting Hiroshima Mon Amour.
Distant Smile, a dreamscape to something sublime and distant
The satiric cutting but superbly presented The Frozen Ones.
There is not a weak cut on this Ha!Ha!Ha!.
Quite simply this is a classic.
John Foxx and Ultravox broke up because their records were not selling and I beleive it caused them to owe the record company money. Gary Numan continued to rally for the cause and hired Billy Currie to play on a few Numan songs. Midge Ure and the band reformed and did some great work but the John Foxx era stuff was the best in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best Ultravox album ever made! More guitars than keyboards and more balls than all the other albums put together. Read morePublished 6 months ago by punkdom
Ultravox continues being inventive with Ha!-Ha!-Ha! pertaining to their own special way of blending new wave and punk with ambience, but I feel the album overall is a very slight... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bryan
This is somewhat of a transitional album in which the band moved from proto-homocore to something more like the smooth, relaxed synthetic sounds of "Systems Of Romance". Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Kevin Trainor
A great album and in some ways shows the diverging directions the lead singer and the rest of the band would head and of course in this case was not necessarily bad just different. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by TDN
Somewhat inventive new-wave/punk combiners showed energetic promise but doesn't have quite enough thrust to demand attention.
John Foxx's Ultravox! (the version of the band with the exclamation point - not to be confused with the watered down Midge Ure version that came later) were masters of melding the... Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by Misspent Youth
Great example of 80's electronica - I loved it then and I love it now.Published on May 2, 2009 by zoid