John Foxx ‎– Metamatic

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Plaza 3:46
He's A Liquid 2:54
Underpass 3:48
Metal Beat 2:55
No-One Driving 3:37
A New Kind Of Man 3:33
Blurred Girl 4:08
030 3:10
Tidal Wave 4:06
Touch And Go 5:22

Versions (31)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
v 2146, V2146 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Metal Beat, Virgin v 2146, V2146 UK 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2146 John Foxx Metamatic(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2146 UK 1980 Sell This Version
OVEDK7046 John Foxx Metamatic(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDK7046 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
2473 795 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 795 France 1980 Sell This Version
VV 33.036 Y John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Vadeca VV 33.036 Y Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
201 434-320, 201.434 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 201 434-320, 201.434 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
I-201.434 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin I-201.434 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
L 37260 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin L 37260 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
201 434, 201 434-320 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Metal Beat, Metal Beat, Virgin, Virgin 201 434, 201 434-320 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
201 434, 201434-270 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Metal Beat, Virgin, Virgin 201 434, 201434-270 Europe 1980 Sell This Version
2473 795 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 795 France 1980 Sell This Version
VIL 12146 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin, Metal Beat VIL 12146 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
201 434, 201 434-320 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Metal Beat, Virgin 201 434, 201 434-320 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
V 2146 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin V 2146 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
201 434 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin 201 434 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
VIP 6949, VIRG-6051 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VIP 6949, VIRG-6051 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
LAE 260 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Metal Beat, Virgin LAE 260 Mexico 1980 Sell This Version
VIP 6949, VIRG-6051 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album, Promo) Virgin, Virgin VIP 6949, VIRG-6051 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
OVEDC 46 John Foxx Metamatic(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin OVEDC 46 UK 1984 Sell This Version
OVED 46 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, RE, Album) Virgin OVED 46 UK 1984 Sell This Version
CDV 2146, CDV2146, 0777 7 87822 2 3, 263 369 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDV 2146, CDV2146, 0777 7 87822 2 3, 263 369 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
VJCP-23196, V2146 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin VJCP-23196, V2146 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
EDCD 702 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RE, RM) Edsel Records EDCD 702 UK 2001 Sell This Version
EDCD 702 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RE, RM) Edsel Records EDCD 702 UK 2001 Sell This Version
TECI-23190 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RM, RE) Imperial Records (13) TECI-23190 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
TECI-21317 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Imperial Records (13) TECI-21317 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
EDSD 2013 John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM + Dlx) Edsel Records EDSD 2013 UK 2007 Sell This Version
METABVELP John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album, Ltd, RM, Bla) Demon Records METABVELP UK 2014 Sell This Version
METARSDLP John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album, RM, Ltd, Num, Whi) Demon Records METARSDLP UK 2014 Sell This Version
JFXCD 17020308 John Foxx Metamatic(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Digitally Remastered JFXCD 17020308 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
OVED 46 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, RE, Album) Virgin OVED 46 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

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turntable1

turntable1

March 18, 2017
referencing Metamatic, LP, Album, RM, Ltd, Num, Whi, METARSDLP
Love this gatefold reissue. sound quality is superb and up there with the original UK pressing. they used these plates for the black remastered pressing.
turntable1

turntable1

March 18, 2017
referencing Metamatic, LP, Album, Ltd, RM, Bla, METABVELP

This reissue sounds superb. Up there with the original UK pressing
mundayschild

mundayschild

October 16, 2016
referencing Metamatic, LP, Album, v 2146, V2146
The A2/B4 strawberry press with printed inner sleeve sounds so much better than the later green label virgin re press, avoid that copy as it's much more 'muffled' sounding for some reason?
BudCrow

BudCrow

December 20, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Metamatic, LP, Album, v 2146, V2146
This is lightyears ahead, there's clearly the stems of future music here, a dubstep style beat and an 808 style bass lines, I just discovered this record. Should be worth more money, this guys and innovator for sure.
Crijevo

Crijevo

December 19, 2010
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Metamatic, CD, Album, RE, CDV 2146, CDV2146, 0777 7 87822 2 3, 263 369
John Foxx's debut album, synthetically speaking, is one of the truest in the genre's history - sounding so dehumanized and cold, separating itself from flesh and blood with surgeon's precision, definitely a new kind of man he sings about in one of the songs - the contents so clinical, the synthesizer is more of a scalpel.

While its sound is so 1980, 'Metamatic' offers a fine palette of childishly morbid sound experiments, observed in a pop context, crafted well ahead of its time. The involvement of producer Gareth Jones here, speaks for itself in that respect. Both, drum machine and melody proudly display their black and white sharp teeth, minimalism at its finest. The only human presence is in modest but effective bass sounds played by Jake Durant.

Each piece here is a hit single in itself - while the album's most considerable example of 'Underpass' still enjoys massive exposure, pieces like 'Plaza', extraordinary 'Metal Beat' standing up perfect to its title, featuring amazing 'kling-klang' sounds (in a way a necessary ode to Kraftwerk, while at the same time think Front 242 and Depeche Mode some years away from their own synthetic epiphany), equally brilliant 'He's a Liquid' and 'Blurred Girl' are just several examples in a row that provide the album's perfect synthetic geometry.

Listening to it, one can feel how frustrated Foxx might have been during his Ultravox days - during their original line up, Ultravox were flirting with futurism but their use of synthetics at that point was still too obscured by real instruments. I guess, the group's 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' was the obvious click inspiring Foxx more than others, who became obsessed with creating pure, almost fascistic, synthesized solo record. And being so, 'Metamatic' is the result.

'Touch and Go', the original album's closing number contains a melody line identical to the Ultravox song 'Mr. X' - it is said elsewhere, none of the two camps credit each other in any of these songs. Lyrically speaking, both seem to be unpleasant farewell notes (Warren Cann speaks coldly in 'Mr. X'; "I think I know who he is... Mr. X", the name referring to an unknown, irrelevant but intriguing character in their own story, while Foxx goes more angrily with "Just whose face is this and could we ever be friends?"

Ironically, both Foxx and Ultravox's musical stylings didn't differ much at this point. Albeit purely synthetic, Foxx still flirted with the group's typical string-slide variations into his own songs. This is especially evident in one of the CD's additions to the original album - his earlier track called 'Young Love'.

And speaking of this particular 1993 CD re-issue, some of the extra material on it doesn't fit either stylistically or chronologically. For some reason, instead of adding more relevant material that came around the time of the original 1980 release (a double 7" single 'No-One Driving' for instance) besides two lonesome examples chosen ('Film One' and '20th Century'), Virgin confusingly placed transitional pieces like 'Miles Away' and 'A Long Time' on the playlist, both conceptually drifting away from the clinical coolness of 'Metamatic' and also 'Swimmer 1', the obscure 1981 b-side to one of the singles from the following album 'The Garden'. In all these three songs, the Ultravox trademark sound is more present than anything Foxx achieved on his debut album. 'Miles Away' is the weakest song here, lost somewhere between a childishly clichéd Gary Numan wanna-be and Ure-era Ultravox.

Later 2xCD remaster by Edsel Records corrects this mistake with a far more proper presentation of bonus material. Still, no matter which edition you stumble upon, 'Metamatic' alone is worth possession, a true masterpiece, despite some tiny limitations - these limitations address mostly Foxx's vocals which can be exaggerating in order to achieve robotic perfection.
bluemonday

bluemonday

November 3, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Metamatic, LP, Album, v 2146, V2146

agreed, this sound launched the careers of untold numbers 'detatched sounding' synthetic moody electro and synthpop artists for the next decades. if you listen to new stuff Adult., Le Car, and stuff on Clone records today, it sounds just like this album did 25 years ago.
V-Agent

V-Agent

February 6, 2003
referencing Metamatic, LP, Album, v 2146, V2146

This is propably the single most influential recording of the 80's kickstarting the whole 'New Romantic' synth-pop sound of practically every band that was big in the 80's (Falco, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, etc.) released in 1980.