Midge Ure

Midge Ure - Full on, proboscis and muzzie !!!

Midge Ure was born in Cambuslang.

Like many Glaswegians he is exceedingly short, measuring four feet six inches in old money, and slightly bigger than a parking meter in new money. Midge is short for midget.

However, it is not his lack of height which prompted FirstFoot to include him in the Bad Scottish Pop collection. It is not the ludicrously large proboscis either. Nor, just to put rumour to bed, is it the completely absurd muzzie which adorned his upper lip for a sizeable part of the 80's.

Wee Midge is in here because he was involved with, or responsible for, some of the most pretentious music to come out of the 1980's. Bands like Slik, Rich Kids, Ultravox and Visage.

Punk hurtled in during the mid 70's and washed away the pompous strains of "progressive" rock for once and for all. And once this new wave of energy was spent, what followed it?
Midge Ure looks up to the photographer - given his height "problem", it wasn't often that he looked down on anyone.
Midge Ure looks up to the photographer - given his height "problem", it wasn't often that he looked down on anyone.

Pompous "new romantics", that's what. And who was at the heart of it? Bloody, Midge Bloody Ure that's who.

Nothing sums up more the overweening pretentions of the new-romantics than "Vienna", the 1981 mega-hit from Ultravox.

With wee Midge as lead singer, caterpillar on the top lip, throwing his wee self around on a dark set, big clothes flapping in the dry ice, singing "don't cry for me, Vienna", or was it "this means nothing to me, Argentina"?

Whatever, it wiz shite!!!

However, on the bright side. Midge Ure was one half of the team that put the Band Aid gig/song together (the other half being the shy retiring mega gob Geldolf) and for that he will always have respect from FirstFoot.

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