Cook Does Ultravox

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If you’re a regular visitor to these pages you’ll be aware of James Cook‘s covers project, Reverse Engineering. Now Cook has unveiled another track – Hiroshima Mon Amour, originally recorded by Ultravox.

For any of you not yet in the know, Reverse Engineering consists of two 7-track EPs featuring reworkings of musical material which means a lot to Mr Cook. Selected tracks were revealed throughout the year, and have previously included Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie and XTC’s Making Plans For Nigel.

Hiroshima Mon Amour comes from Ultravox’s way cooler pre-Midge Ure era, and Cook says of the track: “This is a beautiful John Foxx lament from 1977, proto New Romantic, early electro pop, inspired by the 1959 movie of the same name. I have made it more acoustic and swooning, and added a little commentary of my own towards the end.”

To listen to the new instrumentation click here (where you can also buy the download by naming you own price). And if you fancy checking out the original, here are Ultravox performing the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test from back in the day:


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