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"Slow Motion"
Song by Ultravox
from the album Systems of Romance
Released 4 August 1978
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1978
Genre Synthpop
Label Island
Songwriter(s) John Foxx
Billy Currie
Producer Conny Plank
Singles chronology
Slow Motion
(4 August 1978)

"Slow Motion" is a song by New Wave and synthpop band Ultravox, and the first single from the then-forthcoming Systems of Romance album, released on 4 August 1978.

"Slow Motion" was the material of a changing band. It was the first single featuring Robin Simon as guitarist (replacing Stevie Shears) and also the first under the new name "Ultravox", without the exclamation mark. New sounds were provided by synthesizers and electric drums.

The song was performed live on Old Grey Whistle Test in early 1978, before the release of the single and the Systems of Romance album. It was performed by the band during their first tour with Midge Ure in 1979.

"Dislocation", the B-side, is a slow, dark industrial synthpop song that also appeared on Systems of Romance alongside "Slow Motion".

"Slow Motion" was an important influence to Gary Numan who would have commercial success with electronic pop the following year. Numan said of the song: “This was a fantastic fusion of different elements and set a standard I then tried very, very hard to reach with "Are "Friends" Electric?" and "Cars". I was trying to be as good as Ultravox."

Track listing

Original released version

  1. "Slow Motion" – 3:27
  2. "Dislocation" – 2:55

3-song EP

It was released by Island Records on February 23 1981.


  1. "Slow Motion"
  2. "Quiet Men" (single version)


  1. "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (album version)

4-song EP

Released the same day as the 3-song EP


  1. "Quiet Men" (single version)
  2. "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (ROckWrok single version)


  1. "Slow Motion"
  2. "Dislocation"