John Foxx – Hiroshima Mon Amour (1977)

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‘Hiroshima mon amour’ was written by John Foxx and Billy Currie, and initially recorded and performed by their band Ultravox! in 1977. One recorded version of the song is a romantic electronic ballad, notable for showcasing an early use of the Roland TR-77 drum machine in popular music. Ultravox! also recorded a different arrangement of the song, in an aggressive punk style. This version was covered by the band The Church on their all-covers, garage-inspired album “A Box of Birds” (1999). Another version combining both approaches was recorded by Jan Linton on his King Records (Japan) released Japan-only album “Planet Japan” in 2004. The song is still performed live by John Foxx with his current group John Foxx and the Maths.







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