Its staccato introduction was reminiscent of the metallic guitar notes that kicked off the track "Some of Them" from Systems of Romance , Foxx's last album with former band Ultravox. The title came from a chapter in J. Ballard 's SF novel Concrete Island and its automobile reference was shared by a number of tracks on Metamatic.
The songs were recorded in the same "eight-track cupboard in Islington "  as Metamatic , and again engineered by Gareth Jones. The recording of "Burning Car" features a prominent use of the "metal beat" hi-hat sound from the CR; Foxx used the name MetalBeat for his own record label.
Expectations were running high on such a strong opening, and as Foxx himself came to centre stage a huge cheer went up from the crowd. He looks great for a man in his fifties, still a compelling figure behind the microphone. Too bad, then, that the mix was so murky, as if the sound system was not really up to the task of meeting the challenges of the cavernous venue.
Foxx's vocals, bathed in a variety of harmonizers and filters, didn't really help matters, simply contributing to the indistinct and hazy sound. The gig was billed as a celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Metamatic , Foxx's groundbreaking debut, but the set list was more wide ranging then this would suggest. After five tracks from the Metamatic era, we were treated, if that's the right word, to three songs featuring Louis Gordon, with whom Foxx has recorded several albums since his return to music in the late s.
With his fist pumping in the air as he twisted the beleaguered VCF knob on his CS1X, Gordon's risible antics stood in marked contrast to the aloofness and diffidence of Foxx's sense of modernity. As The Second Chameleon noted above the din, "He just doesn't get it, does he? Where the techno-tinged beats of Louis Gordon seemed well past their best before date, the new material had both a freshness and edginess that has been largely missing from Foxx's most recent work.
The album, which is due in October, will be worth seeking out. The crowning glory of the evening, however, was the appearance of Robin Simon, whose psychedelic fretwork helped lift Ultravox's third lp, Systems of Romance , to such empyrean heights. Already have an account? Log in. An error has occured - see below:.
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For years places like Hitsville U. View Your Wish List. John Foxx's DIY meets low-fi synth-shocker Burning Car is here polished up and given a new vinyl press by Metamatic, the sound of the LP is kinda like a cold wave 80's urban trawl through inner-city streets inside an angry Night Rider.