Punk and New Wave Gig Photos: Ultravox Play Liverpool in 1978.
Above Photo: Chris Cross and Billy Currie of Ultravox onstage in September 1978, Eric’s, Liverpool.
I first saw Ultravox perform in Eric’s club Liverpool on 23 September 1978, when I took the accompanying photos.
I’ve used some of these previously, but decided to put all the photos from that gig into this article for Punk photo-posterity.
When I saw Ultravox that day (attending two shows – the matinee and nighttime), the band consisted of Chris Cross on bass, Warren Cann on drums, Billy Currie on violin and keyboards, John Foxx on vocals and Robin (Robert) Simon on guitar.
It was a massive gig for me; only the third time I’d been to Eric’s as a Punky sixteen year-old, so I was pretty excited to be there, as well as to be so close to one of my favourite bands.
I’d got into Ultravox at school, being blown away by their Ultravox! and Ha! Ha! Ha! albums that had been loaned by someone I’d never have imagined would like this band.
They were a crossover New Wave/Punk band for me, pointing to a musical door that opened onto another universe: a form of highly accomplished yet still raw, electronic Alternative music.
When I went to see them, I took my ubiquitous yellow squares for them to sign, after which I planned to put them on my bass and bass speaker in a Punk band I was in, called Plastic Orgasm. Fortunately, for Posterity, instead I kept them (see link at the end of this article).
Ultravox were great that day, onstage and off, also allowing us into the dressing room to pester them for autographs. This was a big thing for me. I’d admired them musically, then onstage, now I was talking to them and having a laugh and they were singing autographs for me in the dressing room.
How fucking great was this New Wave thing?! (The answer to that is well-documented in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!)
And to finish, favourite tracks off each of the band’s first three albums: