When I was but a high school youth, my favorite band in the world was Ultravox. Ultravox was a synth-pop quartet out of the UK. You guys abroad will know exactly who they are ("Vienna" is one of the best selling songs of all time in Europe) but they were virtually unknown here in the States. Still I saw them every time they came to the US, and grieved when they broke up.
In late 2008, they began issuing digitally remastered versions of their albums and once they were available on iTunes, I jumped, and purchased them all. Like I said the songs were very influential for me, and in part inspired me to become a designer. Their songs were visually evocative and inspired a lot of artwork through my college years.
Just a few minutes ago I downloaded Quartet, their third album since replacing lead singer John Foxx with Midge Ure (Ure was the guy who wrote the Band-aid song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" back in 1986). The album came with a digital booklet, and i was perusing it when I came across this:
Whoa. Freaky, man. I don't ever remember seeing it on my vinyl album art back in the 1980s. But if you look at it, and then at the X-Oriente logo, well there is something esoterically unconscious going on there.
Ultravox will be touring the UK this spring. I hope they get the band back together and bring back the old magic.