Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Worth Another Listen - Midge Ure

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Now, back in the 80s, I was madly in love with Midge Ure, yet another Scotsman. He was the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Ultravox. He had an amazing voice, and was very hot. Then he worked with Bob Geldof, and together they wrote Do They Know It's Christmas?, the huge single to raise money for African Famine Relief. Ultravox also performed at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid. So, Midge was also good-hearted and had cool friends. Aside from the wife and being str8, I thought he would be a perfect boyfriend for me.

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In 1986, Midge ventured out on a solo career, and I was loving it. He released The Gift, and I was all over it. It was followed by Answers To Nothing, Breathe, and Pure. His first solo single was If I Was, and I still love that damn song, and think the video just makes me happy.

Like so many of us, Midge has aged a bit. But dammit to Hades, I still think he is hot. He still performs in the UK, so there is little chance I will get the chance to see him.

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Midge Ure with Bob Geldof in 2004, Midge Ure aging beautifully.

Ultravox had that dense rock sound I was [and still am] so very fond of. I could, of often would, listen to Ultravox all day long. Songs like Vienna, Lament, All Stood Still, We Came To Dance, Love's Great Adventure, and Hymn, I was a very happy camper. Here is a clip of Ultravox playing Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, followed by Vienna from their set at Live Aid. Great stuff!

You can find out more about Midge on his website.


  1. Wow! I thought I was the only person left in the world that remembered Ultravox. Thanks for the pics and the post Howard.

  2. Kyle, I have all their CDs, and still listen. Love their music, and still try to follow what I can of Midge Ure's current news. So neither you nor I are alone!

  3. Am glad to know about Ultravox. Great sound! "Vienna" is haunting in a very good way.

  4. Joy, much of their music was like that, haunting, in a good way. I just love his voice, too.

  5. I totally agree with you about him



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