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1992 Mar The Skin Game
Title: The Skin Game
Artist: Gary Numan

1. The Skin Game 4:09 
2. Dark Mountain 3:13 
3. U Got The Look 4:00 
4. The Skin Game (Digi Mix) 6:18 

How old: This CD is old!
Release Date: 1992 Mar
Format: CD 
Record Label: Numa
Catalogue No: NUCD23
Price Guide: £7.00
Country:  UK
Additional info: Deleted 
Highest Chart Position: 68
Full Artist List: Gary Numan (Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar)
Kipper (Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals)
Mike Smith (Keyboards)
Ade Orange (Keyboards)
Keith Beauvais (Guitars)
Jackie Rawe (Backing Vocals)
Cathi Ogden (Backing Vocals)
Susie Webb (Backing Vocals)
Zoe Nicholas (Backing Vocals)

All tracks written & produced by Gary Numan, except
Produced by Gary Numan and Kipper (*)
On 'Generator', Music by Gary Numan and Kipper & Lyrics by Gary Numan
On 'U Got The Look', Written by Prince, Produced by Gary Numan

Engineered and mixed by Gary Numan at Outland Studio

Cassette Cover




Although “The Skin Game” emerged at a time when Numan’s appeal, reputation and indeed his very career were in tatters, the song itself was one of Gary’s finest “mid-period” pieces of work. Sure, Numan’s unlikely transition from electro god to deviant dance floor wannabe was both perplexing (for fans) and absurd (to just about everyone else), there was certainly something fascinatingly captivating and indeed deeply intriguing about this period in Gary’s extraordinary career. “The Skin Game” emerged in early 1992 and was released through Gary’s own vanity record label Numa (resurrected for the second and final time as of 1991), the song itself was a hard hitting slab of dance-floor synth pop featuring a commanding if hysterical Numan vocal awash with riveting lyrics that spoke volumes about Gary’s then troubled state of mind no more typified that with this telling lyric “ “You’re waiting for me, you made a mistake, I’ll give you nothing but lies or nothing at all.” 
“The Skin Game” was probably Gary’s most complete attempt at a rounded dance-floor track even though the song was cut with spitfire guitars and factory assembled, slamming synth beats. Bouncy, mean, moody and urgent, “The Skin Game” was a brave though ultimately doomed move into the world of European dance music. The Skin Game got to No 68.


The Skin Game 
(Single from 'Machine and Soul' album, 1992)

Your welcome to fame
Your welcome to try
I've been on TV, sold my face to you

Your welcome to love
Your welcome to me
I burned my dream, sold my heart, nobody knew

Listen children
I've seen my future
Call it the dead line for now
I've heard secrets
I've heard excuses
I've heard a voice in the dark

You're waiting for me
You've made a mistake
I'll give you nothing but lies, or nothing at all

I'm playing a game
I'm playing with you
I call it shameful, 'The skin game', don't you?
You're playing it cold
(Ripping it up)
You're playing for time
(I don't like pictures)
You're breaking my rules and I won't let you go

I'm looking for you
(Welcome to me)
Somebody screamed
(It's no use talking)
I've connections with God, what do you need?

Lost in junk sick
No sleep no motion
She said 'I've nothing to lose'
Love sick? Skin game
Welcome to romance
She's like the heart of the world

I'm still breathing
Welcome to my house
I'd steal from God wouldn't you?
One more question
Am I in danger?
Rumours, and I've got the fear

Looking for you
Is it any wonder?
Tearing it up
I'm living on empty

Dark Mountain 
(B-Side, 'The Skin Game' single, 1992)


U Got The Look 
('Machine & Soul album, 1992, also b-side on 'The Skin Game' CD single)

You walked in
I woke up
I've never seen a pretty girl
Look so tough baby
U got that look
Colour me peach and black
Colour me takin' aback
I think I wancha

U got the look
U got the hook
U sho' nuff do be cookin' in my book
You're face is jammin'
your body's heck a slammin'
If love is good
Let's get to rammin'
U got the look

U got the look
It musta took
A whole hour just to make up your face baby
Party time, ugly lights, everybody's inspected
But you are a natural beauty unaffected
Did I say an hour?
My face is red
I stand corrected

(Written by Prince)





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