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1981 Sep Dance
Title: Dance
Artist: Gary Numan 
Tracklisting:  Slow Car To China
Night Talk
A Subway Called You
Cry The Clock Said
She’s Got Claws
Boys Like Me
My Brother’s Time
You Are, You Are
How old: This Album is old!
Release Date: September 1981
Format: LP  
Record Label: Beggars Banquet
Catalogue No: BEGA 28
Price Guide: £9.00
Country:  UK
Additional info: Deleted Initial copies with poster
Highest Chart Position: 3
Full Artist List:

Gary Numan (Vocals, Odyssey, Bass, LM.1 Drum Computer,
Polymoog, Roland JP4, CP30, Piano, Percussion, CR78,
Prophet 5, Claptrap, Claves, Handclaps)
Paul Gardiner (Guitar, Odysey)
Sean Lynch (LM.1 Operation)
Rob Dean (Guitars)
Cedric Sharpley (drums)
Christopher Payne (Violas)
Mick Karn (Bass, Saxophone)
Roger Taylor (Drums,Tom Toms)
Nash The Slash (Violins)
John Webb (JP4 Operator, handclaps, LM1. Computer)
Connie Filapello (Voice)
Roger Mason (Prophet 5, CP30)
Mick Prague (Bass)
Jess Lynard (Drums)

Produced by Gary Numan
Engineered by Nick Smith
Assisted by Sean Lynch, Juliet Bowen
Mastered by Steve Rooke, Strawberry Mastering, London.




CLICK HERE 1981 Jul Stormtrooper In Drag 7"/12"

4:53 Stormtrooper In Drag 4:30 Night Talk 7" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 6 1 4:53 Stormtrooper In Drag 4:30 Night Talk 12" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 61T [white label promo]

CLICK HERE 1981 Aug She's Got Claws 7"/12"/CS

4:43 She's Got Claws 2:34 I Sing Rain 7" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 62 4:43 She's Got Claws 2:34 I Sing Rain 4:30 Exhibition 12" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 62T


In September 1981 Gary Numan released his most experimental album so far, the abstract, atmospheric Dance. Sessions began during Numan's build up to his April, '81 Farewell Shows at Wembley Arena, London but in deliberate contrast to the fat, full blooded electronic boom of those performances the new LP was intimate sounding and almost oriental in its quiet minimalistic aproach. It reached Number 3 in the UK album charts.

However, Dance's off-beat direction was too weird for mainstream international markets. To some extent Dance illustrated Numan's willingness to trade in his fame for an alternative, less intrusive appeal was brave but not entirely supported by Beggars Banquet who were clearly worried by this new direction. As one journalist wrote, "Dance does prove that when judged against his proper peers he can come out well. It's a thoughtful response to the new competition."

The remastered  version features many bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased title track, Dance.

Dance is a 1981 album by Gary Numan, the first he released after announcing his retirement from touring (about which he would soon change his mind). Dance’s title is somewhat ironic, as virtually none of its tracks are danceable; indeed it is probably the least danceable album Numan ever recorded. With electropop music in the mainstream, Numan made a conscious effort to craft a more sombre, personal and musically experimental album, in a jazzier vein than its predecessors.

The album's sound constitutes quite a break in style from the powerful, thick analog synth arrangements of Numan's earlier hit releases. Side One of the album consists of four long, sparse, slow-tempo minimalist songs, with the rhythm tracks based largely around muted drum machine patterns. The style is not dissimilar to some of the more ambient work by Brian Eno, particularly his solo album Another Green World and collaborations with David Bowie on Low and "Heroes", and tracks by the band Japan such as '"The Tenant" and "Despair". Side Two of the album contains shorter, more conventional songs. One of these, "Moral", took the tune from Numan's 1979 song "Metal", changing its lyrics into an attack on the New Romantic movement.

Numan's commercial success by this period enabled him to enlist several guest musicians to perform on the album, including guitarist Rob Dean and (fretless) bassist / saxophonist Mick Karn of Japan, drummer Roger Taylor of Queen, keyboardist Roger Mason of Australian band Models, and Canadian alternative musician Nash the Slash.

The songs' lyrics deal largely with tragic sexual relationships, examined in a manner similar to the often bleak and alienating relationships between people and technology that informed earlier songs such as "Down in the Park" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?". The opening track "Slowcar to China" is a nine-minute opus about a prostitute. "Night Talk" is about a man dealing with a lover who is a drug addict (ironically co-written with close friend and former bass-player, Paul Gardiner, himself a heroin addict). "Cry the Clock Said" is a nearly ten-minute ballad about a breakup, widely considered one of Numan's most beautiful songs. The salsa-flavoured "She's Got Claws" is about a predatory woman, written as an embittered response to an ex-girlfriend who sold the story of their relationship to the tabloids. The melancholic "Stories" describes an accidental café reunion between a woman and her son by a failed relationship.

Reaction to the album was mixed, some critics applauding what they saw as a less commercial career move and others viewing the change of pace with cynicism. A few years after Dance's release Numan conceded, "if I was supposed to be a pop star doing music for the masses, it probably wasn't the right thing to do", but he praised the standard of playing on it.[1] "She's Got Claws" was the album's sole single release, making number 6 in the UK charts, whilst the album itself peaked at number 3. It was Numan's first album to miss the number 1 spot since Tubeway Army's debut album in 1978, dropping out of the charts after 8 weeks. Interestingly, the song titled "Dance" does not appear on the album, and was only released years later as a CD bonus track.

The cover shows Numan wearing a Trilby hat pulled low over his brow. This was to hide stitches and scar tissue from hair transplant surgery.

Numan very rarely performs any music from this album in concert. However live recordings and visual footage of "She's Got Claws", "Cry the Clock Said" and "Moral" ("Metal") appear on Numan's video Micromusic and album Living Ornaments '81, taken when they were previewed prior to the release of Dance at his Wembley 'farewell' concerts in April 1981. An early live recording of "Stories" also came to light in 2005 when Beggars Banquet released the expanded Living Ornaments '80 album on CD. Numan also performed "Crash" and "Boys Like Me" during club dates in the US in 1982 but they have not been officially released.


This infamous gem of music history starts off with the over nine minute long dreamy and melodic 'Slowcar to China' which sets the pace and subtle, abstract tone for the album. Introducing fretless bass and sax into the mix the follow up to 1980:s critically acclaimed 'Telekon' did not only scare away a whole bunch of fans with it's drastic change of direction, but got absolutely trashed in the media as well, like so many Numan albums have been over the years. On top of that Numan's decision to stop touring at the time sure couldn't have done much good for the release. This was certainly not an album for everybody, it was weird and difficult at the time and those poor reviewers just wanted another album with the trademark cold analogue synths and distant lyrics. Crappy reviews aside, and by actually listening to the album, one can realise it's possibly the musically most complete release of Numan's career. Much of the ambiance and drive of the album is courtesy of bass player Mick Karn's fabulous playing which makes many enjoyable moments throughout the album. Another guest musician is the eccentric Canadian violinist and mandolin player Nash the Slash contributing on tracks such as the 'Metal'-esque 'Moral' and moody favourite 'Cry the Clock Said'. Worth noticing is that as with most electronic music this treasure should be enjoyed with headphones for full effect. Gone with the musical change of direction were also the futuristic lyrics from previous albums, the new addition to the Numan catalogue sported a more mature and obviously very accomplished set of lyrics which still can be looked upon as some of Numan's finest. With eleven tracks on the original pressing and including five extra bonus tracks on the CD reissue the total playing time is close to 76 minutes which are nice of course, but perhaps a wee bit too long for it's own good. To me, the songs on the first half of the album does have an edge on the second half, not saying the latter songs are anything close to being bad as much as the first part being as close to perfection that the other songs improving or even being up to par seems highly unlikely. With that said, every song appear to have it's place on the album and have well deserved it's spot if you ask me. The bonus tracks include seriously underrated B-side 'Stormtrooper in Drag' as well as 'Exhibition' a song well up in class of the album tracks. Only one single was taken off the album, 'She's got Claws' which peaked at nr. 6 in the UK charts. The album itself got awarded a Silver disc for sales but soon plummeted the charts.

by Shunt
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