Everybody has hard choices to make about how they’re going to spend their weekend. Some choices are harder than others. This week’s showdown: A creepy, minimalist, synthpop New Wave pioneer vs. good old-fashioned ‘Murican racing. FIGHT!
|Gary Numan||NASCAR Weekend|
|What:||A man whose musical legacy is somewhat as the pivot between Brian Eno and The Human League.||Left turns.||Advantage: Numan.|
|When/where:||Hard Rock Cafe, tonight.||Las Vegas Motor Speedway, through Sunday.||Advantage: NASCAR.|
|Best known for:||“Cars.”||Cars.||Advantage: Push.|
|Lesser-known hit:||“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”||Fireball Roberts.||Advantage: Numan. Fireball was taken from us way too soon, and way too ironically for a guy named “Fireball.”|
|Also appearing:||Big Black Delta, Roman Remains.||The Most Interesting Man in the World.||Advantage: NASCAR. A booze mascot at a driving event? Why not.|
|Evolved from:||A nascent tradition of ethereal synths, led by the aforementioned Eno and the Kraut Rock of bands like Kraftwerk.||Bootlegging.||Advantage: NASCAR.|