245 – Tubeway Army – Down In The Park (1979)
Written by Gary Numan
Produced by Gary Numan
Label – Beggars Banquet
At the time the music press ridiculed Gary Numan as some kind of charlatan, hanging on the coat tails of Kraftwerk and David Bowie. Fans didn’t concur, and neither do I. Synthesizer music up until 1979 had been confined to the avant-garde experimenters, prog rockers, and Krautrockers with little chance of any of them troubling the pop charts. For better or worse, Numan took the machines and used them to develop commercially fueled songs. “Down In The Park” is his own interpretation of a dystopian future controlled by the “Machmen”. Having been inspired by Philip K Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?”, he wrote this chilling single a few years before Ridley Scott had the same idea for “Bladerunner”. For any detractors, listen to the solo instrumental piano version from “Telekon”, and realize that the roots of the song come from a beautiful melody.