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London, United Kingdom (1973 – 1986, 1992 – 1996, 2008 – present)

Ultravox (formerly Ultravox!) are one of the primary exponents of the British music movement of the early 1980s. The band was particularly associated with the movement, although it both pre- and post-dated New Romantic by several years, drawing inspiration variously from , the artier side of and latterly straightforward .

The band was formed in 1973 in London, United Kingdom on the initiative of vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist John Foxx (born Dennis Leigh). Originally known as Tiger Lily, the first lineup included Foxx plus Chris Cross (bass guitar), Billy Currie (keyboards/violins), Stevie Shears (guitar) and Warren Cann (percussion). The group released one single in 1974, a cover of “Ain’t Misbehaving,” before changing their name to Ultravox!. (The exclamation point was a reference to band Neu!, produced by Conny Plank, who later produced some Ultravox albums.) On the strength of their live act, they signed to Island Records in 1976, releasing their eponymous debut album in February 1977.

In common with many other bands which would go on to form Britain’s punk and movements, Ultravox! drew inspiration from the art-school side of glam rock, from bands such as Roxy Music and The New York Dolls, plus David Bowie and Brian Eno’s early pop albums.


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