Ultravox had been dropped by their label, our management had disappeared and we had to scrape around for money just to get into a rehearsal studio. It was cold and miserable, as all these studios are, with sticky carpets and a smell. The cinematic aspect was high on our agenda: I remember going into the studio with just a line in my head: A lot of what Ultravox did back in the day was soundbites. Vienna was a love song to an imaginary girl.
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The Story of... 'Vienna' by Ultravox
Ultravox's classic is one of the greatest synthpop songs of all time, and there's never been anything quite like it since. The classically trained Billy Currie wanted to write something that might sound like it had been written by a lateth-century romantic composer, and the song's violin solo was influenced by the German composer Max Reger. The lyrics, which are about a love affair in the city of Vienna, were written by singer Midge Ure. According to Currie, Ure wasn't a fan of the classical romantic feel of the song's orchestration, and said: Ure said that he only had the line "The feeling is gone, this means nothing to me — oh Vienna!
His stage name, Midge, is a phonetic reversal of Jim, the diminutive form of his actual name. Ure enjoyed particular success in the s and '80s in bands including Slik , Thin Lizzy , Rich Kids and Visage , and most notably as frontman of Ultravox. The song is the second highest selling single in UK chart history.