Ultra Vivid Scene

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Ultra Vivid Scene
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresIndie rock
Years active1987–1993
Labels4AD, Columbia
Associated actsNothing But Happiness, Crash
Past membersKurt Ralske
Kristin Kramer
Melora Creager
Gerald Collins
Byron Guthrie
Colin Rae
Ann Hollis
Jack Daley
Julian Klepacz

Ultra Vivid Scene was an American alternative rock band, started by Kurt Ralske.

Former Nothing But Happiness and Crash guitarist Ralske started Ultra Vivid Scene in 1987, was signed to 4AD Records in 1988, and released his first UVS EP, She Screamed, in 1988. The debut album Ultra Vivid Scene released October 1988, was written, produced and performed entirely by Ralske, whose influences include The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain.[1] The second album, Joy 1967-1990, was released in April 1990. The same month they played their first tour dates in the United Kingdom.[2]

The last album, Rev, was released in October 1992, and was performed by a band comprising Julius Klepacz (drums) and Jack Daley (bass) with Ralske on vocals and guitar. This album was picked up by the Chaos imprint of Columbia Records (Sony Music Distribution) during the time rival Warner Bros. was having some success with its imprints' 4AD relationships (4AD/Sire, 4AD/Elektra, 4AD/Reprise).

As a live act, Ultra Vivid Scene performed only a handful of US dates in support of the first album in 1989. The second album in 1990 was supported by one month of touring in Europe and two months in the US. 1993 saw one month of US tour dates for the third and final album.

Ralske has gone on to do solo work, and has also produced albums for such artists as Rasputina, Ivy and Charles Douglas. His last known musical endeavor was the solo release in 2001 Amor 0 + 01. Since that time, Ralske has worked as a visual artist.


In the "Mercy Seat" video, a young Moby appears playing the guitar, at around 3:23 minutes into the video, as he performed with the group at the time that single was released.

The 1990 video for the song Special One featured guest singer Kim Deal from the Pixies.



Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK UK Indie Chart[3]
1986 "Slow You Down"
1988 "She Screamed" 14 Ultra Vivid Scene
1989 "Mercy Seat" 13
"Something to Eat" (promo)
1990 "Staring at the Sun" 25 97 Joy 1967–1990
"It Happens Every Time" 19
"Special One" featuring Kim Deal 14
1993 "Blood and Thunder" 27 Rev



  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1.
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 468. CN 5585.
  3. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980–1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.

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