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This review is from: The Age Of Plastic (Audio CD)
It's quite an album, even now. 'Video' is probably one of the stand-out tracks but that's not to say the title track and 'Elstree' especially aren't up there with it. 'Video' does indeed feature Ultravox's Warren Cann on drums (he's not credited) as he took session work before the 'Vienna' album was released. Likewise Billy Currie who toured with Gary Numan: being a member of Ultravox in 1979 meant being skint!
Considering Trevor Horn was to go onto produce Frankie, The Art of Noise etc a few years later, 'The Age of Plastic' is remarkable for his cohesive, intelligent production. You'd think he'd have been producing for many years before this! The small but interesting production details - the human breathing on the title track, Horn as film director uttering "action!" on the intro to 'Elstree' (and "cut!" at the end!) are fascinating. The lyric itself is also noteworthy: Horn makes a point about how the war films of the past were sometimes far removed from the reality of conflict: "All the bullets just went over your head/There's no reality and no-one dead".
True, it does conjure up a nostalgia for a long-gone Britain with great references to "The Picture Parade" (a filmgoer's magazine), cinemas with names like The Esoldo and coffee bars called The Giacondo. It's ironic as he would've only been a kid in the 1950s!
From this period (1979-80), there are perhaps fewer than ten really outstanding. 1980 was arguably a year when things really started to change musically with a growing interest in - and use of - electronics and so albums such as Closer, Vienna, The Age Of Plastic, the first Visage album,
Telekon and Travelogue still stand the test of time. Buy this and remind yourself of that.