Weekend Kombat: Numan vs. NASCAR


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.

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