Midge Ure

Midge Ure


10/10/1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Birth Name

James Ure


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Midge was born James Ure in 1953 in Cambuslang in Lanarkshire (Scotland). Midge's contributions to the UK music scene include Silk, Visage, and Ultrovox. With Bob Geldof, he co-wrote and created the Band Aid track, Do They Know it's Christmas? in 2004, and he remains, as of 2008,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005, Midge received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tartan Clef Awards, in Glasgow.

    • In 2002, Midge interviewed his Band Aid collaborator Bob Geldof for the first in his series of interviews for BBC Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire, entitled Midge Meets.

    • Midge has performed with the following bands: Slik, Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and Band Aid.

    • Midge's Solo albums include:

      The Gift, October 1986
      Answers, August 1988
      Pure, September 1991.
      If I Was - the Very Best of Midge Ure and Ultravox February 1993.
      Breathe, May 1996 (re-released 1997/1998).
      Midge Ure - Live in Concert, October 1999.
      Move Me, May 2001.
      Glorious Noise (Breathe Live), August 2001.
      The Very Best of Midge Ure & Ultravox, October 2001.
      Little Orphans, November 2001.

    • Midge's oldest daughter, Molly, was lead singer with the band, The Faders, before she went solo under the name 'Molly McQueen'.

    • Midge released his autobiography, If I Was, in 2004.

    • In 2005, Midge received the "Inspirational Hero" Award from Scottish daily newspaper, the Daily Record.

    • Along with writing partner Bob Geldof, Midge received an Ivor Novello award for the Band Aid track, Do They Know It's Christmas?.

    • In July 2008, Midge took part in The Best of the 80s reunion concert at Stansted Park, along with acts such as Curiosity Killed the Cat, T'Pau and Toyah.

    • In 2005, Midge was given an OBE.

    • Midge was made an honorary Doctor of the Arts by the University of Abertay Dundee in 2005. In 2007, he was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by Edinburgh University.

    • In 1975, Midge was approached by Bernie Rhodes and Malcolm McClaren to join a new band they were putting together (the Sex Pistols), but he turned them down.

  • Quotes

    • (on how the Band Aid legacy effect his and Bob Geldof's career)
      Midge: Bob was seen as a saint, a politician, a spokesman for youth, or whatever. I was allowed to carry on being a musician. Midge Ure: singer. Bob Geldolf: Africa. I know it irks Bob because his entire musical career has evaporated. People talk about his achievements after that defined line, after Live Aid. It's one of the things that was a major part of my life but it isn't what I still do. I've been creating music, that's my lifeblood.

    • (on receiving his OBE)
      Midge: It was fantastic! It was a great day for the family. The idea of going to the palace, to them it was quite magical. Fairytale stuff. But maybe a bit boring after a while because you can't really hear what's going on because it's all very quiet and there's quite a distance from the audience to where it's actually happening. But they loved having their photograph taken in the courtyard.

    • (on the songs that kept "Vienna" off the UK top spot)
      Midge: It was such a bizarre scenario where you went from the sublime to the ridiculous and both [John Lennon's Imagine and Joe Dolce's Shaddap You Face] kept us off [Number One]... But the fact that Vienna stayed where it did for such a long time and it outsold both records - it elevated the band from cult status, playing the college unions, up to where we could play Crystal Palace or Wembley, which was great.

    • (on the longevity of the Band Aid track "Do they know it's Christmas?")
      Midge: All those artists came along and made the song transcend into a whole different plane. They put their popularity and credibility on the line and came along. The thing that's struck me in the last couple of years is the fact that they'd never heard the song when they turned up to do it. They turned up cold on the day, committed to doing it because they'd seen the graphic images of starving African children on television. It could have been the worst song in the world – and it very nearly was! – but they turned up and stuck their necks on the line and made it the huge success it was.