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That's Too Bad  7"

Title:

Bombers double Pack 

Suggested Video

Full Lyrics

Artist:

Tubeway Army

Tracklist:

B1. That's Too Bad 3:17 
B2. Oh! Didn't I Say 2:20 
B3. Bombers 3:48
B1. O.D. Receiver 2:39 
B2. Blue Eyes 1:47 

How old:

This 7" is old!

Release Date:

May 4th 1979

Format:

2x7" 

Record Label:

Beggars Banquet

Catalogue No:

BACK 2 BEG 5 & BEG 8

Price Guide:

£7.00

Country:

United Kingdom 

Additional info:

Deleted

Highest Chart Position:

0

Credits:

Valerium Gary Numan - Vocals / Guitar
Scarlett Paul Gardiner - Bass
Rael Bob Simmonds - Drums

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b Official Store Ebay Amazon Discogs 4 Apple 5 Spotify 2 Bandcamp ± Archive Beggars

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Gary’s parents paid for the band to do three demo songs, one of which was That's Too Bad recorded at the cheapest studio Gary could find, Spaceward in Cambridge, on 16th October 1977. But Gary mistakenly thought a record contract would materialise, after being turned down by numerous record labels Paul Gardiner wandered into a record shop in Ealing Beggars Banquet to trade in some old albums he mentioned the fact he was in a band and was having problems getting a record contract, the man behind the counter was Steve Webbon told Paul that the owners had just started their own small record label and Paul should give them a tape. After many weeks of Paul badgering them the owners Martin Mills and Nick Austin finally listened to the tape. Martin Mills liked That's Too Bad but he still wanted to see them play live. A gig was setup at the Vortex. After seeing them play Beggars offered them a contract. After a couple lineup shuffles, Tubeway Army -- Gary Numan (aka Valeriun), Paul Gardiner (aka Scarlet), and Numan's uncle Jess Lidyard (aka Rael) -- debuted in February of 1978 with "That's Too Bad" on Beggars Banquet, a furious fusion of punk and pop. During a studio session a few months later, Numan began fiddling with a minimoog synthesizer that remained from another band's recording stint. Instantly falling in love with the instrument's capabilities, he decided that he would use synths to achieve the sounds he heard in his imagination. Though he fought the temptation to associate synths with prog rock, he felt they would help distance the band from the limitations of punk. Numan and his mates were influenced by Bowie and T. Rex as much as JG Ballard and William Burroughs (as well as being inspired later on by contemporaries Ultravox and the Human League), so the band's extraction from punk wasn't surprising at all.

Bombers was to be the second single from Gary and the band recorded on the 15 April 1978 but this time in a proper studio with a producer Kenny Denton Beggars insisted the band used a producer Gary went along with it, as Gary was just happy with the fact Beggars were committing themselves ever more deeply to the band. Bombers was much on the same punk them as That's Too Bad. Bombers b-side contained two tracks O.D. Receiver and Blue Eyes; these songs proved that Gary could write a decent punk song. 

That's Too Bad Lyrics

That's Too Bad 
(Gary's first ever single, 1978)

I look up and the camera eye is
Searching my room
The TV screen is calling me
But for what or whom?
Please, mister, do be careful
I'm so frgile
Maybe they'll let me down to
Speedy's place for a while

Oh, well that's too bad

I talk a lot, a sign of fear
I thought you should know
I can see pictures of me
Well they're so-so
I'll come on to the leader
Like I'm some hero
He'll laugh and raise his dying eyes
And then tell me to go

Oh, well that's too bad

1920 flashbacks
For an hour or more
Of crazy actors hiding
In the doorways top floor
Machines scream in anger
From a thousand dead ends
I turn my face, I crawl away
I look for a friend

Oh, well that's too bad 



Oh! Didn't I Say 
(B-side, 'That's Too Bad' single, 1978)

Hollow
Faces staring through my window
Sometimes
I can play a boy you might know
Station
Standing cold and old I'm insane
Gender
Is uncertain just like my name

The lemon kid is my friend
But even he don't know me well
That's too bad
Oh well the waiter is an old man
Who looks at me so sly and strange
What's on his mind?

Oh didn't I say I'm not one of you
Oh didn't I say I'm not one of you

Queenie
From a doorway says 'You got time?'
Panic
'Not tonight if you don't mind'
Oh no
My fear of streets I cower
Today
My room is home for hours

You can stay if you know your lines
But please take care I'll suck your mind
Dry
You'll never guess
And you can never know me
I'll change if I begin to feel
'What's your name?'
Zero hero says I'm no-one
He could be right but who's to know?
Uh, man from the sky...
Oh well I'm growing tired of this place
I think it's time to change my face
You can't even try

Oh didn't I say I'm not one of you
Oh didn't I say I'm not one of you
Oh didn't I say I'm not one of you
Oh didn't I say I'm not one of you 



Bombers 
(Single, 1978)

Look up I hear the scream of sirens on the wall
I see a policeman crying in the back seat of a dying ford
Hotel waiters leave the bedrooms of stars who are far too old
And no-one ever told me that I could be so cold

Bombers flight at zero
Feet, feet
Bombers flight at zero

I see an old man knocked to the ground and beaten by the vicar's wife
And no-one stops to help they're far too busy tring to save their own lives
A tiny girl screams for mother and wanders out into the street
I saw her go down underneath a thousand people's running feet

Bombers flight at zero
Feet, feet
Bombers flight at zero

All the junkies pulling needles from their arms and hope it lasts the night
All the soldiers curse the day they joined the army and prepare to fight
In silent bars, in silent rooms, in silent cars, you hide where you can
And me I know just where you are, you see, I'm a bomber man

Bombers flight at zero
Feet, feet
Bombers flight at zero 



Blue Eyes 
(B-side, 'Bombers' single, 1978)

Well you're pretty quick to say you love me
But I've met your kind before
So I took you twice on our first night
Well, I was never gonna trust you too far

I love your blue eyes
When you cry
I love your blue eyes

You tried to make me crawl far too soon
You should know me better by now
I didn't even feel like trying it with you
I knew that I could break you somehow

I love your blue eyes
When you cry
I love your blue eyes 



OD Receiver 
(B-side, 'Bombers' single, 1978)

Heartbeat
I can't see you
Heartbeat
I can't hear you
I feel you pumping just beyond my door
I know exactly what
You've crawled her for
Cringe down lower
You're all dressed in grey
Me I'm still breathing
It's just not your day

I hear you whisper like an open grave
OD receiver I am all you crave
Your dying, crying, I can hear you fall
Your bony fingers pushing on my wall

OD receiver

I hear you screaming, well at least you try
Me, I'm stil smiling but I don't know why
I'd call a doctor if I had the time
But I'm so busy with this fix of mine

OD receiver