Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #257: 160913
[top 10 song (8)]
Ian Gillan (vox) said that the lyrics for ‘Ted the Mechanic’ are based on the true-life story of a man he once met in a pub during the recording sessions for the 1987 album The House of Blue Light. The two started talking, and Gillan wrote down the man’s story on some napkins which he then put away and forgot about. He discovered them years later and they became the basis for the lyrics. The song was a live staple during the Purpendicular tour, and was also played during more recent tours as well.