Ultraviolet, The - 1986 Another Victim

EricEric USA
edited August 2 in year-1986


ARTIST: Ultraviolet, The
ALBUM: Another Victim
LABEL: DKP Productions
YEAR: 1986


LINEUP: Bob Pucci - guitars, vocals * Chris Schneider - lead vocals, bass * Phil Uhrich - keyboards, synthesizers * Angelo Vancheri - drums

Additional Musicians: Adrian Belew - log drum, guitar * Rick Levy - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's Over * 02 All By Myself * 03 Help Me Now * 04 Never Quite Enough * 05 One Time Too Many * 06 Control Time * 07 Can't Go Home Again * 08 Kerry * 09 Reigning


I used to see this album all the time in local shops although The Ultraviolet called Chicago home, playing the seen and be seen hip windy city clubs including the infamous Park West.

Self-released with no catalog number or barcode, there are a couple of names who stand out in the back sleeve credits.

Adrian Belew from King Crimson guests and produces a couple songs while Jim Bartz who engineered Belew's unbearable noise-fest 'Desire Caught By The Tale' released the same year, picks up the slack on the remaining material.

Of note Bartz took a shot at a solo career with 1987's new age electronic album 'Pictures Of Earth And Space' as well as producing legendary Milwaukee thrashers Realm, although the boys in The Ultraviolet seem to have been lost in the annals of Chicago rock history.

The Songs

Imagine The Cult, Simple Minds and Billy Idol in an AOR mindset and you've nailed some of The Ultraviolet sound.

While I've never been bowled over by any of the above; The Ultraviolet make the most of their influences and the first side is actually pretty good singling out lead-off 'It's Over', the high-octane 'All By Yourself' and the stand up and shout stormer 'Never Quite Enough' all of which show off nicely textured keys, big choruses and plenty of hooks.

A fun set although the flip fails miserably which I attribute to the influence of Belew. On the level, I've never fancied the man's voice, guitar style or his albums with The Bears and King Crimson and on 'Can't Go Home Again' his annoying mark is unmistakable.

African rhythms, painful vocals and Zappa influenced guitar noodling; it's a difficult listen as is the excruciating yelp of singer Chris Schneider on the plodding and overly experimental 'Reigning' which is nothing short of depressing.

In Summary

An EP 'Renaissance Junkyard' released in Europe in 1989 found The Ultraviolet moving further into industrial and dark psychedelia but that move didn't pay off either.

The band followed up with a demo, but labels weren't buying and The Ultraviolet came to its natural conclusion. Recommend for the 'A' side only.

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