John Foxx was the original lead singer of new-wave
, back when they were called Ultravox!
with an exclamation mark. His real name is 'Dennis Leigh' and he was born in Chorley
. He left the band in 1980 to pursue a solo career and was promptly replaced by Midge Ure
, after which Ultravox went on to considerable commercial success. Foxx himself remained a cult act, despite producing several albums of mainstream pop music. Until Morrissey
, he was probably the fey
-est man in pop.
He's chiefly famous for his debut album 'Metamatic', a classic early-80s piece electronic release - the cold, alienated sound and out-of-tune singing was very reminiscent of Gary Numan, although this was because Numan had modelled himself on John's earlier work. John's subsequent release 'The Garden' was more euro-poppy, and after dabbling with Beatles-esque psychedlic pop he has since gravitated towards ambient music (with the album / ongoing musical project 'Cathedral Oceans') and teaching, in that he lectures on multimedia and graphic design at Thames Valley University in Ealing, London. He remains as thin as a rake, with pronounced cheekbones with which one could easily slice bread.
In the late-80s he adopted the name Nation 12 to produce soundtracks for a couple of classic Bitmap Brothers games including 'The Chaos Engine' and 'Speedball 2'.
His favourite scent is lemon; his favourite colour is light green.