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Sister Surprise 12"


Sister Surprise

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A1. Sister Surprise (Extended Version) 4:58 
B2. Poetry And Power 4:28 
B3. Letters 3:39  

How old:

This 12" is old!

Release Date:

October 7th 1983



Record Label:

Beggars Banquet

Catalogue No:

BEG 101T

Price Guide:



United Kingdom 

Additional info:


Highest Chart Position:



Gary Numan (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion)
John Webb (Keyboards, Percussion)
Cedric Sharpley (Drums, Percussion)
Chris Payne (Viola, Keyboard)
RRussell Bell (Guitar)
Joe Hubbard (Bass)
Dick Morrissey (Saxophone)
Tracey Ackerman (Vocals)
Bill Nelson (Guitar, Keyboards)

Produced by Gary Numan and Bill Nelson
Engineered by Pete Bhulmann, assistant John Webb, Nick Smith
assistant Mark Brown)
Mixed By Pete Bhulmann and Gary Numan
Recorded at Rock City Studios Shepperton, Middlesex
Mastered by Ray Staff, Trident


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Sister Surprise was taken of as a single and got to No 32 in the UK charts, Due to a pressing error the B-side on the 12" featured Face To Face a song that had already been released, mistitled Letters. Sister Surprise was not a disappointed. Ceds Drumming thumps into action and drives this track on to greatness. What a joy to listen to but some might say a bad choice for a single, as the album version with its long intro complements the whole song as an album track not a single. 

Sister Surprise Lyrics

Sister Surprise 
(Single from 'Warriors' album, 1983)

We are
Walking nostalgia
Like old movies for real
Look at me, look at you
Look at them, look at us

I'm young
Sell a slim body to the man next door
Sell a slim body to the man next door
Like my sister surprise

(Album - 'We'll wait for you')

Only Gods walk on water
So I'll just Sink or swim with you
Let my heart slip away from me
Only Gods walk on water
And you're slowly pulling me down
Let this heart slip away

We are
The pleaure creation
Gone wrong
Gone wrong

We are
Walking ghost stories
No religion, no relief
No old wisdom, no belief
Sometimes I could scream


Poetry And Power 
(B-side, 'Sister Surprise' single, 1983)

This is nostalgia
And OB be the hero
Fights for me
And you dear listner
You leave old memories
And such things disgust me
Storm the door
I must get out

Poetry and power
Ice and fire
This is poetry and power

You're worse than mirrors
Are you reflecting
I don't know
All this help leaves me cold
This is confusing
This is confusing me again
I must get out 


Bonus track on 12" 'Sister Surprise' [1983], but called 'Letters')
Also a bonus track on 12" 'Love Needs No Disguise' [1981] but called Face To Face

What's it like to be face to face with me?
Playing tricks with hearts
Quite as young as yours
Do you know what the rent man
Pays for you?
Do you feel like I'm supposed to do?

I could be love
I could be your assassin

Pictures of my face disappear with time
They give boys to
Quite tasteless friends of mine
Re-arrange thoughts to
'What will be will be'
There is no God so pray to me