In an interview in Beatmag
, Andy McCluskey
and Paul Humphreys were asked why their song lyrics were about such unusual topics as Enola Gay and Joan of Arc. This was their reply:
Paul Humphreys: "We really didn't want to do this traditional love lyrics. We always hated those kind of 'I love you' and 'You love me' kinds of songs. Kraftwerk always sung about really unusual things as well. Also, another influence on us was Brian Eno and he always sung about some very unusual topics. So, we kind of followed that line."
Andy McCluskey: "Again it was us wanting to do something new and not be clichéd and repeat things. I tortured myself. On the third album, the song 'Joan of Arc' has the word love in it and I kept thinking, can I use this word? But love here is kind of third party - it's not you or me, it's she. She fell in love, so I can get away with that. It's not a first or second love.
Paul Humphreys: "Because we thought love was such a cliché. There were so many love songs, particularly at that time. We just thought they became meaningless, really."