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2010 ➤ Index of posts for May

Steve New, Rich Kids, Revolver,Index May 2010, Shapersofthe80s➢ Spider-woman Bourgeois created her art as meditations on sexuality

➢ Foxx celebrates his life as the Duchamp of electropop

➢ Rich Kid Steve New (left, aka Stella Nova) dies at 50

➢ Just the birthday present Steve Strange really wanted this week of all weeks

➢ ‘A triumph’ – George’s verdict before transmission of his biopic

The Face, magazines, July 1983, New Order, Art on the Run➢ Ex-Blitz Kids give their verdicts on Worried About the Boy

➢ Three key men in Boy George’s life

➢ Can Generation Y be bovvered to vote?

➢ Lest we forget, on this day Britain sank the Belgrano

➢ Birth of The Face: magazine that launched a generation of stylists and style sections


2010 ➤ Foxx celebrates his life as the Duchamp of electropop

❚ “THERE’S A GREAT SURGE OF INTEREST in electronic music. I don’t know why that’s happened, but it’s fortunate for me because I did it a long time ago.” After three low-profile yet prolific decades as a graphic artist, photographer and teacher, the elder statesman of electropop John Foxx is curating Short Circuit, a festival of the best of British electronic music at London’s Roundhouse next week. The day-long event will see Foxx playing his original Moogs, an ARP Odyssey, an Elka String Machine and CR-78 drum machine in a 30th anniversary celebration of his debut solo album, Metamatic.

John Foxx, Short Circuit, Roundhouse, electropop

Foxx’s own verdict on Metamatic: “carcrash music tailored by Burtons”

Foxx’s lyrics and vocal style characterised the original band Ultravox! (1974–79), whose 1978 album Systems of Romance, co-produced by Conny Plank, not only introduced the R-word into the post-punk zeitgeist, but set the mould for British electronica.

After going solo, Foxx’s stark and visionary 1980 album Metamatic, rendered on a range of synths and “rhythm machines”, yielded two futuristic chart hits he summarised as “carcrash music tailored by Burtons”. Two new songs Burning Car and Miles Away charted later the same year. As a pathfinder who imagined himself to be “the Marcel Duchamp of electropop”, he has always enjoyed cult status among the emergent new wave of electronic musicians.

A decade ago Foxx embarked on a new lease of life and Short Circuit will reunite him with former Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon to perform songs from Systems of Romance.

➢ At BBC News online, Tim Masters writes:

❏ Foxx wants his festival of electronica to capture the spirit of a concert he attended in 1967. “It was like a glimpse of the future,” says Foxx, who hitchhiked down from his native Lancashire to attend the 14-hour Technicolor Dream at Alexandra Palace in London. “I watched Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, Lennon was around, and Brian Jones, and I saw European art movies like Un chien andalou for the first time — so it was really a life-changing event.” With its art displays, video installations and deejay sets, Foxx promises Short Circuit will be “a sort of hallucinogenic musical afternoon”.

➢ Short Circuit 2010 is curated by John Foxx at
The Roundhouse on June 5

30th anniversary boxset

John Foxx,Metatronic, boxset, electropop Metatronic is a wonderful survey of one man’s post-glam responses to urban dislocation through modernist music that can be as jarring as it is also seductive. Released this month as double CD, plus DVD of relevant promo vids including the early hits Underpass and No-One Driving