Saturday, August 4, 2018

"I Can't Stay Long" by Ultravox


"Its influences are diverse and it emerged out of nowhere and led to nothing" said a review of Ultravox's Systems of Romance at the Head Heritage site.  That describes it perfectly.  I didn't explore John Foxx-era Ultravox until recent years, and it's touch and go for me, but there's something incredibly special about "I Can't Stay Long" - a band giving it's all in every capacity - the lyric, the vocal, the guitar work, the bass line, the driving beat... everything.  And it did lead to nothing - the original band broke up after this album.  This wasn't even a single!  And yet, 40 years later, I think it's awesome.  A true classic.