Beggars UK - Ada
Release date
16 Nov 1999
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Slowcar to China 9:08 3,164
2 Night Talk 4:29 3,008
3 A Subway Called 'You' 4:41 1,612
4 Cry the Clock Said 9:58 2,782
5 She's Got Claws 4:58 7,579
6 Crash 3:42 2,856
7 Boys Like Me 4:17 2,721
8 Stories 3:13 3,389
9 My Brother's Time 4:37 2,165
10 You Are, You Are 4:03 2,500
11 Moral 4:33 2,552
12 Stormtrooper in Drag 4:52 6,384
13 Face to Face 3:46 2,044
14 Dance 2:03 3,806
15 Exhibition 4:30 2,094
16 I Sing Rain 2:33 1,933

About this album

Dance is the fifth studio album, the third under his own name, by electronic music pioneer Gary Numan, released in 1981. It is his first release after announcing his retirement from touring in April 1981 (about which he would soon change his mind). The album reached #3 on the UK charts, breaking his chain of three consecutive #1 albums, despite still being a solid performance.
The title is highly ironic since none of the tracks is danceable.

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 (aptly 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.

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  • dragonbook

    I have this on vinyl. It's a cut-out so that means Gary Numan never got paid. I feel bad about that.

    31 Jan 3:41am Reply
  • ahenathon

    Very good sound and mood but boring compositions.

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • posthuman2003

    good album to sleep to

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • lourivara

    Fantastic album, Karn's bass is a great plus to Numan's voice. The lyrics are very emotional, very intense. Face to face and Dance are two amazing songs, he still plays them live. Oh, and Crash is sublime. A very unique album.

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Auland

    He looks super suave.

    24 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Akatian

    A great album, kinda' overlooked...

    4 Dec 2009 Reply

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