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Album: HydraReleased: 1979Charted:
Toto keyboard player David Paich
wrote this song, which he explained is inspired by the 1971 movie THX-1138
, which was the first full-length film directed by George Lucas of Star Wars
fame. Writes Paich: "This movie is set in the 25th-century in a totalitarian state where mankind is stripped of any individuality. People are numbered drones, and a government-enforced program of sedation controls the populace. Lucas used THX as the name for his movie theater sound system."
Interestingly, the song's release coincided with the major-league debut seasons of two famous North American athletes who wore #99 as their jersey number: controversial NFL defensive lineman Mark Gastineau and legendary NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky (although Gretzky had played in a different professional hockey league during the previous season).