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Paid Attention: Johnny Dean Of Menswear's Favourite Albums
Wesley Doyle , June 23rd, 2014 08:11

With a new single from the rejuvenated Menswear recently released, frontman Johnny Dean talks about sax appeal, music as maths and why pop is as much about what you see as what you hear


Ultravox - Ha! Ha! Ha!
The Ultravox I grew up with, the 'Vienna' one, I really wasn't too interested in. They were alright, I think I just didn't like Midge Ure very much, not as a person - he's lovely - but as a performer. The John Foxx Ultravox took this idea of machine music and pushed it. They sound like a punk Roxy Music, which was always the idea I had for Menswear.

I wouldn't be surprised if he was one on 'my people' - I claim all the best ones! Someone like him, who can get emotion across seemingly without having a personality, really interests me. I mean, at home I've got Daleks everywhere, and they're not known for their personalities but I'm fascinated by them! But Foxx is a pioneer and electronic music owes him a lot. He's a definite hero.