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Lost in static 18

After exhausting the mailing list Amaroks resources, we turned to the man himself in the list interview for a definition of "Lost in static 18, Automatic 18":

"If you look at the cover of Five Miles Out, the plane is a Beech 18. If your radio is breaking up, the control tower would tell you "Lost in static" and then give the call-sign, so it was "Lost in static, 18". It was just one of the lyrics I scribbled down one evening in the pub! When I was writing that song I just scribbled down anything I could think of to do with aeroplanes, and then assembled them into lyrics."

Created: 2 December, 2005 - Last changed: 2 December, 2005 - Comments (2)