After releasing three albums with Ultravox! on Island records, Foxx left the group while on tour in the US in early 1979 in order to record his debut solo album Metamatic, using mostly synthesisers and drum machines with the songs characterised by Foxx's glacial vocals. The album is now considered a seminal work in the development of electronica, and spawned the singles Underpass and No-One Driving both of which featured on Top of the Pops. After releasing a third fully electronic single Burning Car in the summer of 1980, and My Face, a flexi-disc for Smash Hits magazine, Foxx moved away from the UK to travel around Europe, mostly Italy. (read more on wikipedia)
Links To Peel
After having championed Ultravox! (who received little airplay elsewhere) Peel continued to follow Foxx's solo career by playing various tracks, including B-sides, during 1980. However he gave scarce attention to the follow-up The Garden. Foxx did not record any solo BBC sessions for Peel although performances for BBC Saturday Live in 1983 and 1985 were broadcast. He has also performed live with Louis Gordon on Janice Long's show in 2006.
Foxx did not record any Peel sessions as a solo artist although an Ultravox! session was recorded in 1977 on the release of their second album Ha! Ha! Ha!
Other Shows Played
- 03 January 1980: Underpass (7" single) Metal Beat/Virgin
- 09 January 1980 (BFBS): Underpass (7" single) Metal Beat/Virgin
- 16 January 1980: He's A Liquid (album Metamatic) Virgin V2146
- 21 January 1980: Metal Beat (album Metamatic) Virgin V2146
- 19 March 1980: Mr. No (No-One Driving 2x7", B-side) Virgin / Metal Beat VS 338
- 27 March 1980: Glimmer (No-One Driving 7" B-side) Virgin / Metal Beat VS 338
- 27 March 1980 (BFBS): Mr. No (No-One Driving 2x7", B-side) Virgin / Metal Beat VS 338
- 03 July 1980 (BFBS): He's A Liquid (album Metamatic) Virgin V2146
- 10 July 1980: Burning Car (7") Virgin / Metal Beat VS 360
- 13 November 1980 (BFBS): Miles Away (7") Virgin / Metal Beat VS 382