Down in the Park (5:40)

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“Down in the Park” is a 1979 single written and recorded by Gary Numan with his band Tubeway Army. The first cut from the album Replicas, it was not a hit when released but has long been a critical and fan favourite and for many years was described by Numan as his best composition.

Like the Replicas album as a whole, “Down in the Park” marked a major shift from Tubeway Army’s previous output. The band’s early releases, the 1978 singles “That’s Too Bad” and “Bombers” plus the self-titled debut album, contained elements of punk, hard rock, heavy metal and New Wave but were exclusively guitar driven with only occasional use of primitive synthesizer effects. “Down in the Park”, on the other hand, was Numan’s first composition on keyboards and his first release to feature the predominantly electronic sound that became his trademark. Musically, it pared down still further the guitar power chord and bass root note style arrangements he had used previously, reducing the harmony to bare unisons of layered bass guitar, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and Minimoog synthesizer. The semitone key changes (A to Bb) and chromatic melodic riffs between the song’s verses are somewhat unusual in the context of traditional Western music theory but are not unusual in rock music.


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  • EnricoFranchi

    I like

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Reginatz

    oh yes i like

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • exeter232

    5 told me, this sounds great on Telekon live

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bionicbigfoots

    Times Square!

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
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  • kschmidt3800

    This live version is really good! I've noticed a lot of people here hate live versions of songs. I believe for most artists, it's their best.

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • onestarinsight

    We are not ro-man-tics we are here to serve you.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • deadybyebaby

    You wouldn't believe the things they do Gary Numan is Brilliant and I can't believe people would refer to this live version as shitty. Even Gary at his worst is never shitty. Maybe not your preference, live? but shitty?? I think seeing him live might make you change your tune.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • zen-concrete

    Down in the park with a friend called Five.

    24 Feb 2012 Reply


    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ruinedtwo

    Why can I only get shitty live versions of some of his songs (2) Exactly!

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Elodave

    Very welcome my friend!!A movie in a song.And a damn good one at that.

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mculibrk

    Thanks Dave for reminding me! This is a great song!

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Ooooh. Spine-tingling. And brilliant.

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Elodave

    Watched Bladerunner again last night-what a film!!!!!! You could imagine Deckard going home,and listening to this.Sheer class Mr Numan!!

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Elodave

    If Androids do dream of Electric Sheep--could this be the soundtrack???

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Elodave

    Deflect-up,it's not from White Noise,this is much later.Cracking version though.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    How does one get a job as a "rape machine?"

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • Deflect-up

    "Down In The Park" always sounded better live to me. More powerful. This particular version is from the White Noise album...I think.

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • magoo_andy

    one for the best singers for the late 70's early 80's' this just takes me back to my teens feels like yesterday ace.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
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