John Foxx ‎– Metamatic

Virgin ‎– V2146, Metal Beat ‎– v 2146
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Plaza 3:46
A2 He's A Liquid 2:54
A3 Underpass 3:48
A4 Metal Beat 2:55
A5 No-One Driving 3:37
B1 A New Kind Of Man 3:33
B2 Blurred Girl 4:08
B3 030 3:10
B4 Tidal Wave 4:06
B5 Touch And Go 5:22

Companies, etc.



At one point copies came with a white sticker reading "Includes the hit singles Underpass and No One Driving"

Recorded at Pathway, London.

A Metal Beat Record
Album cut at Strawberry, London.
Made in England

[Labels] Published by Island Music.
[Inner Sleeve] Lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Island Music Ltd.

Printed inner sleeve.

Durations do not appear on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side - Variation 1): V 2146 - A2 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (B side - Variation 1): V 2146 - B4 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (A side - Variation 2): V-2146-A4 .STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (B side - Variation 2): V-2146-B2 .STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (A side - Variation 3): V-2146-A3 .STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (B side - Variation 3): V-2146-B3 .STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (A side - Variation 4): V-2146-A3. STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (B side - Variation 4): V-2146-B4.STRAWBERRY.

Other Versions (5 of 34) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2473 795 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Virgin 2473 795 France 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
META63BX John Foxx Metamatic(CD, Album, RE, RM + 2xCD, RM + Box, Dlx) Metamatic META63BX UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
VV 33.036 Y John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album) Vadeca VV 33.036 Y Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
V2146, v 2146 John Foxx Metamatic(LP, Album, RP) Virgin, Metal Beat, Virgin, Metal Beat V2146, v 2146 UK Unknown Sell This Version


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July 29, 2017

An astonishing & timeless recording from 1980 and the original Island pressing is a must have for anyone who adores pure analogue synths and minimalist soundscapes. Gorgeous sonics and a very crisp recording. Grab a mint copy now.


October 16, 2016
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?


December 20, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
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.


November 3, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

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.


February 6, 2003

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.