01. Slow Car To China
Remastered reissue of 1981 album with expanded artwork and 5 bonustracks.
DANCE is an ironic title indeed for one of Gary Numan's latter- period recordings.
This slab of decidedly undanceable tunes, replete with Numan's trademark synth
rhythms, beatboxes, and beautifully sculpted robotic-analog sounds, remains
vastly underrated and unappreciated. Numan's compositional finesse has hardly
ebbed over time. If anything, his obsession with sci-fi imagery has grown ever
more fantastic. "Slowcar
to China" offers nearly quaint, purring beats and sparkling keyboards,
while the stuttering rhythmic hiccups and bottom-end gank of "Night Talk" prove
that Mick Karn's bass was integral to these recordings. DANCE certainly wasn't
pop music-much of it is too odd and awry for radio exposure-but the album nonetheless
managed to worm its way into numerous charts and hearts. With the new-electronic
brigade discovering the retro joys of early '80s tech, DANCE is an album that
warrants overdue re-evaluation, an outlandish space of bizarre and inspiring
images and sounds from the past, future and somewhere in between.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Icehouse, Krafwerk, David Bowie, Japan, Simple Minds, Roxy Music