Marc Almond and David Ball of Soft Cell were featured in The Art of Staying Together
by Steve Sutherland, an in-depth interview published in the January 15, 1983 issue of Melody Maker
, wherein they gave the paper's readers a track by track guide to their new album, The Art Of Falling Apart
, which was released on the Some Bizarre label.
Of "Numbers", which runs to 4 minutes 55 seconds, Almond said "The title was actually nicked from a John Rechy book called Numbers
where he goes to Los Angeles and just sees how many people he can have in a weekend. It's a soundtrack of loveless sex..."
Although disdainful of mushy love songs, Almond did not record this as an endorsement of promiscuity, rather he said you look back and realise suddenly that you're just a number to other people too.
The album version runs to some 4 minutes 55 seconds; the single version to 3 minutes 44 seconds, and the extended mix to 10 minutes 21 seconds. Both single versions were backed by "Barriers".
Alexander Baron - London, England