Metamatic Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
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I had a vinyl copy for this for years and bought the CD when my record player finally died. So now I get to hear the bonus tracks
*with beats that change from track to track, melodies, and lyrics worth listening to.
"Metamatic" was the CD (actually, an LP back in 1980) that John Foxx HAD to release. Ultravox seemed to be on the verge of "making it" as a progressive art rock act, but opted to become a completely disposable pop act, with a new vocalist fronting them. So, John Foxx who (along with Brian Eno) developed the Ultravox sound and image, was on his own.
Foxx had wanted to create a 'truly European' and 'very British' form of new wave music, not do pop for the U.S. market. That's an odd admission, since Ultravox sold more recordings in cities like Boston, MA and New York than they did in any European or U.K. location. One suspects that Mr. Foxx was simply saying that he was not interested in becoming a "pop star", but rather in creating innovative music.
Take a look at the cover of the first Ultravox album, and it's clear that John Foxx probably had the looks to make it as a pop star .
Well, anyhow, fans of Ultravox (particularly the "Systems of Romance" and "Ultravox!" CD fans) will probably be the biggest fand of "Metamatic".
The CD was criticized for sounding flat and mechanical at the time of its release, and it has a robotic, cyborgic quality to it. But like "Replicas", by Gary Numan & Tubeway Army, "Metamatic" was a CD that was way ahead of its time.
Released in early 1980, about a year after Numan released "Replicas", "Metamatic" reached number 18 in the UK albums charts & was preceded by the hit single 'Underpass', included on the album. Also featured is the follow-up hit 'No-One Driving'.Read more ›
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GREAT GREAT MIUST HAVE CD from JOHN FOXX. I think it is one of the BEST CDs of his work ever. Just listen and play and enjoy and replay replay replay..Published 7 months ago by COLLIN
A beautiful job on this one from Demon records - ticks all the boxes.Published 14 months ago by Lee Wrecker
I first discovered John Foxx years ago through an album called "Translucence and Drift" which he made with American piano composer Harold Budd. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by SystemStructure
this is syth music from the 70s john foxx was a learder in makeing this kind of music it is very good.Published on April 17, 2013 by thomas rios
A force to be reckoned with. Leaving Ultravox as they were growing and strike out on his own certainly has proved to be a good decision. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by TDN
No-one Driving is such a great track. A 30th anniversary edition called Metatronic has just been released.
"Metamatic" was written just after John Foxx had departed Ultravox and "He's A Liquid" was composed when he was with the band. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by directions
I must admit that this is one of my favorite albums of all time (that and the Ultravox albums when John Foxx fronted them pre Midge Ure), from when I got the original vinyl LP when... Read morePublished on April 28, 2008 by Kemistry