Midge Ure Gets Electronic And Acoustic At The Same Time, With New Single “Das Beat” And Fall US Tour Happening At Once

BMG | DL | 2021

Band Electronica feat. Midge Ure: Das Beat – DL [2021]

  1. Das Beat

Great Googly Moogly! It’s been a harried two weeks at PPM HQ but we’re back on track to discuss music once more. With all sorts of events happening during the time I’ve taken off. The most timely of which is the [gasp!] new single by Midge Ure released on October 8th, and coming recommended by ace commenter Echorich, so I didn’t waste any time in immediately grabbing a copy of “Das Beat” which is actually billed as by Band Electronica [feat. Midge Ure]. Leading me to think that it’s possibly made with the same band who played so well with Mr. Ure on this concert.

Wolfgang Flür…anchorman

The background for this one is full of intrigue. In 2020 Midge Ure’s Band Electronica was playing a show in Dusseldorf, Germany where Herr Flür was in the audience. Afterward he asked Ure to contribute to his new project; leaving Ure to muse on the influence of the “Düsseldorf Sound” that Flür had been such a part of defining. The all important motorik beat crucial to much of the music we discuss here. With that in mind, he wrote a tribute to the beat itself and while Flür has recorded it for his upcoming album, Mr, Ure has also gifted us [see what I did there?] with his version of the song as recorded with his backing band. And you may ask what it’s like?

It opened with Midge Ure harmonizing with his own heavily vocoded voice reciting the song’s chorus; ironically bereft of any beats at all. Then the music got underway with a motorik beat of a stately BPM pace with yearning, chorused and tremoloed synth pads adding an almost bucolic dignity to it all.

Step by step as we walk together

One true voice, one voice forever

Beats through wires, beats through walls

Nation stand with nation when you move in syncopation

“Das Beat”

Watery synths vied with chugging white noise train percussion performing Doppler shifts across the horizon, but the overall vibe was definitely more an example of La Düsseldorf’s long standing influence on Ure instead of the much more stern mien of the Trans Europa Express. It all sounded utterly warm, pastoral, and inviting. With a music box clockwork demeanor.

Machines are smooth

To make the groove

To make you move

“Das Beat”

This single represents a side of Ure that has not gotten much sunlight in the last 35 years but was a bedrock of his fertile 1979-1983 period, and is highly recommended to fans of Visage’s first album, Phil Lynott’s “Yellow Pearl,” Kraftwerk before they became dance music, and especially La Düsseldorf.

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If you want to hear Midge Ure and a guitar, he’s got the US in his sights

Fans of Midge Ure in the US get the first post-Covid [even though it’s still a pandemic] tour by the peripatetic Scotsman. After long months of virtual shows only courtesy of Ure’s Backstage Lockdown Club will get the real thing in person in the “Unzoomed + Face To Face” US tour which started last night [before we were back to blogging] at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY. The next three weeks sees Ure working his way westward with a nod to the refined City Winery chain of clubs, where we had a great Midge Ure event in 2017.

MIDGE URE: Unzoomed + Face-To-Face US Solo Tour 2021

  • Oct. 27 – City Winery – Boston, MA
  • Oct. 28 – The Music Room – W. Yarmouth, MA
  • Oct. 31 – Barnum Ballroom – Island Park, NY
  • Nov. 1 – City Winery – Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov. 2 – City Winery – Washington, DC
  • Nov. 4+5 – City Vinyard – New York City, NY
  • Nov. 6 – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
  • Nov. 7 – Randy Now’s Man Cave – Bordentown, NJ
  • Nov. 9 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
  • Nov. 12 – Romano’s – Riverside, CA
  • Nov. 14 – Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • Nov. 15 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
  • Nov. 16 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
  • Nov. 17 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA

After seeing the tour title and poster I can only hope he remembered to perform the Ultravox B-side, “Face To Face” in the setlist! [checks] No, so that’s a missed opportunity. The setlist is the the usual well balanced swath of Ultravox and solo material with the goodie “No Regrets” being the surprise in the mix this time.

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19 Responses to Midge Ure Gets Electronic And Acoustic At The Same Time, With New Single “Das Beat” And Fall US Tour Happening At Once

  1. negative1ne says:

    hi mr monk,

    glad you’re back. great to see and read about this information.
    will definitely check out the single. i know midge has been hard
    at work all this time, so new music is always welcome.

    i wish he would add some more central US locations, as this favors
    only the east and west coast. i have not travelled in awhile, and
    though this would be worth it, it would be hard for me to go to
    one of those locations.

    well, for the people that do go. please report back when the time
    comes.

    later
    -1

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      negative1ne – It’s been quite a long time since Midge has made technopop like “Das Beat” so it’s a pleasing treat of the kind that I can always afford. Yeah, the tour is the northeast and California only this time. After that streaming show this year, i could really go for that band over here but I think they only tour in the Uk and Europe with him. A pity as that band played hot.

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  2. the RAHB! says:

    Sooo, head over to DuckDuckGo (the only unbiased search engine I know of) and search for `Band Electronica Das Beat` and savor the knowledge that after the PAID AD from Spotify, YOUR BLOG POST is the very first hit….

    The power is now yours. Use it wisely!

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  3. DL says:

    Although it is released under the Band Electronica name , Midge has said he played it all himself

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  4. Taffy says:

    I was at Midge’s show here in Boston at the Winery last night. Quick report – it was Midge plus acoustic guitar playing about 95 minutes of solo and Ultravox stuff (plus Fade to Grey), most songs introduced by a chatty story or anecdote. Having never seen Midge live before I was happy to hear that the voice is pretty much intact. Just wish it was backed by an electronic plugged in band, but oh well. After 20+ months away from live music, I was thrilled to attend any show!
    The setlist was not identical to the night before’s show at Daryl’s House Club – we lost a solo song or two and gained The Voice and All Fall Down (intro-d with a tribute to the recently deceased leader of the Chieftains). Both were highlights, as were Reap The Wild Wind, I Remember (Death In the Afternoon), and New Europeans. The show was severely under-attended, altho Midge re-characterized it as intimate, and thanked everyone for venturing out so early in this sort-of but not really post-pandemic world.
    All and all it was a very enjoyable (and classy) show.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Taffy – Good to hear one of our agents in the field was there! I also prefer Electric Midge (that streaming show last spring was aces) but the man is definitely classy no matter how you see him. Good for you attending. There were two dates at the end of October that I did not list because Midge left them off of his poster because they were sold out! So hopefully he’ll get an audience as it averages out across the tour. And as I recall, City Winery rooms already approach social distancing norms, so that’s reassuring.

      One thing for Acoustic Midge: You’ll never have the discomfort of bass fracking at such a show. We attended the Comeback Festival in Raleigh last week and all the acts [Terminator X/Big Daddy Kane/Lee Fields & The Expressions] sounded just fine… then Khruangbin came on! Their dreamy shoe gaze funk was hitting us in the chest with the EQ they had so we left after three numbers. We vote with our feet.

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  5. negative1ne says:

    hi mr monk.

    john from the hustle has interviewed midge for his podcast:
    https://thehustle.podbean.com/e/episode-339-midge-ure/

    check it out.

    later
    -1

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  6. Andy B says:

    Hi Monk. I don’t know if you are aware. Midge and the Electronica band are doing a UK and European tour next spring. It’s called Voices And Visions. They are playing a selection of tracks from Rage In Eden, Quartet and some of Midge’s solo material. Could be a tie in to the Rage In Eden box set which apparently is in the works. I got tickets for the Liverpool gig as I enjoyed Midge and Electronica’s 1980 show from 2019 so much. It’s a shame they can’t take the tour over to the states.

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  7. SC says:

    I’m going to try to see him just down the road in San Juan, where I saw him last in 2020, solo and just before things locked down. It was my second time seeing him, the first time being with Paul Young. I recorded video of him playing his favorite song, Lady Stardust, among others. Solid night of memories.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      SC – Then you saw the Midge + Paul Young tour then? So both of those shows were Electric Midge. This one will be different, but the Coach House seems to be on par with the City Winery venues as being great clubs for old timers like me [your mileage may vary]. Have fun!

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  8. negative1ne says:

    Hi Mr. Monk,

    New photo book from Midge Ure :
    https://midgeure.tmstor.es/?affcode=superdelux

    Available on website, in several bundles.
    Midge Ure will release In A Picture Frame, later this month, a new photo book that documents his life with Ultravox in the early 1980s.

    Between 1980 and 1985, the Scottish musician travelled with his trusty Canon A-1 camera while on tour, in the studio or undertaking promotional duties with the band. Healso documented holidays and far flung road trips.

    Ure’s photographic archive has now been scanned and retouched from the original negatives to showcase these images and produce this 240-page travelogue (which has dimensions of 90mm x 220mm x 32mm and weighs in at 2kg).

    The book is released on 18 November 2021 and can be pre-ordered exclusively from the official shop. It can be bought with a set of signed postcards or on its own (not signed).

    I’m getting in on this one. Should be great.

    later
    -1

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      negative1ne – Yeah, I saw that just a few days after getting news of the new single and tour. I was trying to avoid posting back to back on Midge and was going to mention it closer to publication. Annoyingly, there wasn’t mention of this on midgeure.com, but that’s almost abandonware now. It seems to be FaceBoot or nothing these days, and I opt for nothing.

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