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“Switch it Off!”

May 12th, 2021

Hi Katy! I hope you and the guys are all doing well. My question is this: Where did the fan response in Planet Earth of “Switch it up!” originate? On the December 1981 Hammersmith Odeon live recording, Simon says it, not the crowd. Is that where this whole thing started? Just me being curious, as usual. Love to you all, Cindy Koller

“Unfortunately no one couldn’t tie this down to a very specific date, however it did likely originate from Simon using the term in live shows himself. And then, when he stopped saying “Switch it off,” the audience filled it in for him. It still happens, so wherever it came from , the band is certainly happy it stuck.”