Ultravox's Vienna voted the Nation's Favourite Number 2 Single
How Ultravox Created The '80s With Vienna - Rock and Roll Globe
Ultravox's classic is one of the greatest synthpop songs of all time, and there's never been anything quite like it since. The classically trained Billy Currie wanted to write something that might sound like it had been written by a lateth-century romantic composer, and the song's violin solo was influenced by the German composer Max Reger. The lyrics, which are about a love affair in the city of Vienna, were written by singer Midge Ure. According to Currie, Ure wasn't a fan of the classical romantic feel of the song's orchestration, and said: "This means nothing to me," to which producer Conny Plank replied: "Well, sing that then. Ure said that he only had the line "The feeling is gone, this means nothing to me — oh Vienna! At the time, it was said that the song was inspired by the film The Third Man , which is based around the Austrian capital of Vienna. Midge Ure later said that he made up the inspiration when asked what the song was about.
Ultravox hit "Vienna" was hailed as an honorary chart-topper today after being named the nation's favourite number two single to have narrowly missed out on the coveted number one spot. The single triumphed in a national poll by Radio 2 and the Official Charts Company to find the greatest track to narrowly miss out on the top slot. It will feature in a countdown of the best number twos of all time to be broadcast from 2pm today, featuring the top 40 songs which were a whisker away from the top in their own right.
Add Genre. Add Styles. Add Moods. Add Themes. For listeners of a certain age, the line "This means nothing to me, oh Vienna," has the same resonance as "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," did to an earlier generation.