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I am the final [silence]
The last [electrician] alive
And they called me the [sparkle]
I was the best, I worked them all.

New ways, New ways;
[I dream of wires].

We opened doors by [thinking],
[We went to sleep by dialing 'O'].
We drove to work by [proxy],
[I plugged my wife in just for show].

New ways, New ways...
I dream of wires.

So I press 'C' for [comfort]
I dream of wires, the old days.

- [Gary Numan]
from [Telekon] (1980)

Needlessly personal sidenote : I was five when my cousin, infinitely cooler than I (i.e. he smoked) and big into [KISS] ([hardcore] from my G-1,'[Wow, that's like, Satan!]' [POV]), played the album 'Telkon' for me on my clunky little brown plastic [Fisher Price] [record player] (the coolest disc that device usually saw being my [The Electric Company] [LP]). I was pretty shaken by the sudden realization [pop music] existed, even more so by the fact people did this as art, and could be publically odd & challenging in a way, say, the [Children's Television Workshop] could not. It was admittedly confusing, soon after hearing [Devo]'s [Whip it] on the radio (fairly traumatic lyrics). Still, if at this age you stayed up really late, maybe even past ten, with your [AM radio] turned down low, you'd often catch a 'strange' song or two : [Save A Prayer]...[Send Me an Angel]...[Call Me]. I had no way of knowing at the time this was '[New Wave]' until hearing this term used by the infintely-wise [Samantha Taylor] of [CBC]'s [Video Hits] a couple of years later. This immediately clarified everything (S.T. did this for many others undoubtedly, at least in Canada, pre-[Much Music]). Regardless, this is musically the strongest song on the album, which according to the sleeve notes is directly inspired by [Philip K. Dick]'s [Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?], written and recorded before [Blade Runner]. The album itself, Telekon, has just been re-issued by [Beggars Banquet] featuring, among various alternate versions and instrumentals, a version of [Erik Satie]'s Third Movement from the [Gymnopedies].