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Midge Ure's five best songs
Midge Ure is pretty zen about the fickleness of the music industry. “It's not really a fair, well-balanced world -- the music industry,” he told me recently. “Maybe it doesn't need to be.”
“You can't depend on radio,” he said. “I'm just thankful for the stations that stuck with Ultravox all the way through.”
Long Island's WLIR was one of those stations, which helps explain why Ure plans to launch his American tour in Glen Cove at Page One tomorrow night. Here are five of Ure's songs that really deserve much more attention:
1. Ultravox, "Hymn" (1982): An extraordinarily clever combination of elements from "The Lord's Prayer" and the Soviet National Anthem that results in a deceptively simple sing-along that seeks answers to difficult questions.
2. Midge Ure, "If I Was" (1985): A lush, luxurious love song that shows off Ure's showmanship as well as his songwriting.
3. Ultravox, "Vienna" (1980): A prime example of the ambitions of new wave, crafting an epic sound out of synthesizers that could rival orchestras in scope and in drama.
4. Midge Ure, "Dear God" (1988): Affected by his work with Band Aid and the African famine, Ure crafts a lovely prayer seeking help for the world's ills.
5. Ultravox, "One Small Day" (1984): Midge and the guys get their U2 on sonically, but lyrically they manage to make self-torture sound grand.