I’ve been really into Gary Numan the past few years, buying up all his later period albums and listening to them loads, trying to track down the hard to find ones for a price I can afford (not easy!) and I’ve seen him a couple of times in the past year or so. I’ve always liked his early stuff though and have had Are “Friends” Electric? in one format or other ever since it came out. But I’m just listening to his new live album now and when the track came on I quickly realised that I only really know the first line and ‘smoking a cigarette’. Isn’t it weird that you know all the words to some tracks after 2 or 3 listens, yet others you can listen to hundreds of times without the words ever really sinking in.
Anyway, the new live album was recorded with an Orchestra and they seem to have similar issues with their memories, because at around 6:23 they appear to break out into the theme from Superstars. Didn’t half spoil the mood. I’ve gone from imagining Gary wandering through a bleak, desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape, to diminutive England strikers with no skin on their back!