“And I can see another time
Another place, some setting sun
And I can wait forever
Walking with someone inside my arm”—Having a very John Foxx night, I love this bit in the song, my only wish was that it was the chorus and could be repeated ad nauseum.
“And all the glow boys in their lipstick and shadows
And gold leaf on their delicate skins
Well they can filter through your curtains like nerve gas
They leave their laughter on the wind”—Just having a John Foxx moment - Dancing Like a Gun
Currently listening to the above album and to be honest… I am quite blown away by it. I have followed John’s career ever since the Ultravox days. And I would say that Slow Motion, Underpass and My Wild Love are three of my favourite songs of all time. I even quite like In Mysterious Ways, or at least a couple of tracks. Since then he’s been a lot more atmospheric, and that’s been fine. I bought Crash and Burn a few years ago and, although I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel it even began to touch his early work. Now there is no reason why someone should be able to keep up with their best work, so I am not complaining.
However, I got hold of Interplay and the story takes a twist. I began to listen and the first track, Shatterproof left me deflated. It sounded like a couple of people trying to re-invent electronic music for the dance crowd and failing. Yes, very clever but lacking any soul or dystopia. I mean for John, surely I should expect one of the two?
But my fear and worry was short lived. I think Interplay is one of the best electronic albums I have heard… perhaps since Metamatic. Evergreen, Summerland and A Falling Star could very well be from those recording sessions at The Garden.
So is Interplay just a retro trip? No! I do think Shatterproof is an anomoly, but the rest of the album is as close to perfect as possible. From the Roland drum machine to Foxx’s vocals I felt like I was 13 again, whilst at the same time knowing I was in the 21st Century. At this point I should say that Benge, the collaborator may well have had quite an influence on this. This isn’t a solo project. And the fact that he was born the same year as I… well, perhaps it is a sequence of events that bring me full circle. My only concern is that I haven’t heard the word ‘glow’… I need to listen again… and again… and again… and I will, trust me. But take a listen yourself. This is how the 80s sound in 2011.
“I spent all day dreaming of the way I’d like to hold you
So I got absolutely nothing done but it was so much fun
And have I told you how beautiful you are tonight?
Just like a movie star”—Just like a movie star - the 6ths