John Foxx: Church – UK – LP 
- This Jungle
- Miles Away
- A Long Time
- Swimmer I
- Swimmer II
- Swimmer III
- Swimmer IV
Forty years ago, John Foxx released his album “The Garden” and it was one of my top birthday presents to myself back then. I’ll never forget buying it [as an import] along with Ultravox’s “Rage In Eden” and Gary Numan’s “Dance” [each domestic] at the same store [Record City Warehouse]. I went there specifically to see of they had the import of “The Garden” and I came across the other two albums which I might not have even know were released at that time! Heady times indeed! All three artists can be said to have hit high water marks simultaneously in that magical musical year of 1981.
Foxx had reissued “The Garden” earlier for it’s 40th anniversary on colored vinyl, and given that I already owned five pressings of the LP, I passed on that one. Four of those LPs in the Record Cell were editions from the UK and Spain with with the booklet of photos/writing called “Church” that this new compilation took its name from. But this album is technically, something new in the world, and I’ve been keeping my Metamatic catalog numbers as tight a collection as I can, so this one will be coming overseas to its new home.
The new artwork looks adapted form the photos that appeared in the “Church” booklet and the cover will be a gatefold pressing. As the colored vinyl copies of “The Garden” are available in two colors of 600 copies each, so will it be with “Church.” The colors this time are transparent red or neon violet. Price is $30.99/£21.99/€25.99 and there is a 10% discount for a bundled order of both.
The first track was “This Jungle,” the B-side to “Europe, After The Rain.” the first single from “The Garden.” It wasn’t until the recent John Foxx + The Maths track “Tarzan + Jane Regained” that I realized that his wordless yell on the song’s chorus was a reference to Tarzan lore. The tribal drum programming was as close a Foxx came to being musically trendy in the year of 1981 as the rise of Adam Ant had made the Glitteresque tribal drum sound hot once more the previous year.
Both sides of the “Miles Away” transitional single where Foxx had transitioned away from the ice cold wave of “Metamatic” into something closer to Rock with the band Shake/Shake were here since they pointed the way dramatically to not only “The Garden,” but also the Synth-Psychedelia which was to follow that album.
Then the full “Swimmer” suite figured on side two of the new LP. “Swimmer I + II” were the B-side to the other single from 1981, “Dancing Like A Gun.” The previously unreleased “Swimmer III+ IV” [as well as the closing “Fog” from side one] were unreleased tracks that only manifested for the first time in 2014 on Foxx’s “The Virgin years” CD boxed set. These are making their vinyl debut for the first time.
It looks like Foxx aims to get all of that loose archival material out there on PVC. With the “Burning Car” and “Concrete And Organized Noise” albums, “Church” will join them on the now increasingly colorful PVC disc that has gotten so popular. If you are also a Foxx compulsive like I am, then hit that button below. The 1200 LPs are on sale from September, 10th, 2021, but can be pre-ordered at the Official Foxx webstore. There are a scant few copies of “Howl” left on wax and the other two LPs I referenced are long gone and already a solid two figures.
Ordered last week! So excited for this release. Was anxiously awaiting your write up about it that I knew would soon be coming. :-)
drskridlow – Yes. It will eventually come once I finish what started earlier. Once in a blue moon I might manage to be on the cusp of timeliness on a post through chance, but usually we play “catch up” here at PPM. Sigh. Rob Harris PM’d me a week ago on this one.
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I’m a massive John Foxx fan but as I already own all the tracks on CD I won’t be purchasing this. I guess if you like collecting vinyl these are nice to own but not for me.
Hi, not directly related to John Foxx, but a new season of the TV show ‘ ‘Guy Garvey From The Vaults’ has just started airing in the UK and season 2 episode 1 (1980) includes the first ever UKTV appearance of Ultravox with Midge Ure – not sure if you will be able to find it but thought you might want to have a look to find it on the web.
middle aged man – Thanks for the tip. Things like this I would never know about if people like you didn’t tell me. As an American, I don’t even know who Guy Garvey is!
Guy Garvey is the lead singer with the band ‘Elbow’ and has developed a side career as firstly a Radio presenter ( not sure DJ is the correct term) and is now stretching out into TV. The first series of the show is well worth a watch featuring alot first TV performances including Teardrop Explodes, Echo & the Bunnymen and Kate Bush – I’m sure its can be found on Youtube somewhere
middle aged man – Then I guess I’m Post-middle-aged man, because “Elbow” rings no bells, either.
It still leaves me speechless what a whirlwind of activities Mr. Foxx started with his 2nd coming. I”d been searching for signs of live for years each time I remembered his first two albums for nearly a decade and since then there is hardly any stop gap.
slur – I vividly recall a list of over a dozen planned albums and thematic compilations being published in the pages of Extreme Voice, the Ultravox fanzine after his re-emergence and I scoffed at its extravagance, but every one of those proposed albums happened…many years ago!
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