Tubeway Army – Listen To The Sirens

• “Listen To The Sirens” set to a Gary Numan slideshow. Thanks to Nu Order.

7.6 “Great Post-Punk from England”

From their album “Tubeway Army” (Beggars Banquet BEGA-4) released in 1978.

“Jo The Waiter” was the top-dog for me, but I already had that on a compy so no-can-do; next best was the great album opener, “Listen to The Sirens”, new to my collection earlier this year.

In his 1974 novel “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said”, Philip K. Dick’s story follows a genetically enhanced pop singer and television star who wakes up in a world where he has never existed.

In the late 70s, Sci-fi was coming to Pop via the burgeoning futurist movement, and right from the opening line on the debut Tubeway Army album, the 20-year-old Gary Numan was referencing Dick’s dystopian future nightmare:

“Flow my tears” the new police song,
The slogan of peace is “you must live”
They’ve got me and i’m one of them

Cancel: “silence” they screamed for days,
“we’ve been here before we won’t stay”
They can die they can just turn off

What an exciting time for music this was, with so much going on via an incredible amount of new young talents in Britain, pushing boundaries in every direction.

You can read my favoured album reviews from ’78 here.

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