John Foxx and the Maths – Howl

A bit late.

I received my copy of Howl last Friday – two days before my Birthday.. which would have been great timing if I hadn’t expected it back in March..


Managing Expectations

Based on the tracks I had already heard: Howl, and Tarzan and Jane Regained, I wasn’t expecting much.. (even after 10 plays, I still cannot stand TJR). I have to admit that Howl (the song) has grown on me.

So it was with some trepidation that I removed the Ian Boddy CD and inserted my latest purchase into the CD player.


But what a revelation this is! It’s nothing like the previous JFM albums (they all had more tracks, for a start 🙂 ) – John Foxx with guitars.. Foxx is actually listed as playing guitar.. WTF?

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There are some standout tracks here: My Ghost, The Dance, and New York Times immediately spring to mind, closely followed by Howl itself. Amazing stuff.



I have now had the album blasting out of the car stereo for a couple of weeks, and I have to say I am hooked on “The last time I saw you” (claustrophobic and menacing) “Everything is happening at the same time”. (Electro-psychedelia).

Still cannot stand “Tarzan” and still wondering where the other two tracks are?

Rob Simon

Turns out the new sound is partly due to Rob Simon – ex Ultravox! guitarist – joining the usual suspects Foxx, Benge and Hannah.