Be-Bop Deluxe was an English prog-rock band known for their hit single "Ships In The Night
" from their third album, Sunburst Finish
. The album also features "Sleep That Burns," a guitar rocker that shifts into a dreamy café sequence. "The song is about dreams," the band's frontman, Bill Nelson, explained to Mix
magazine in 2019. "I had a fascination with how we spend so much of our time asleep, dreaming. And dreams don't make sense. It was intended to be an epic track. I thought of the song as being kind of a movie, with a cutaway to this scene in the center, where the mood changes. And you get this picture in your mind of a café, the narrator sitting there with waitresses around him, from both the style of the music and the sound effects."