John Foxx, Ultravox, Toronto 1979. Photo by Paul Ruta
Ultravox was a skinny-tie/foppish-hairdo band, like Japan or the Cure but without the good songs and serious musicianship. In other words, nothing like Japan or the Cure but for the ability to strike arty poses and be English. I remember little from my interview with singer John Foxx except his advice on where to buy punk clothes in London, as if I were about to embark on a Chelsea shopping spree. That night Ultravox played at The Edge, a sadly defunct venue stuffed into a Victorian semi-detached at Church and Gerrard. As Toronto’s launching spot for many punk and post-punk bands great and small, it is hallowed ground and the building deserves an historical plaque lest we forget.