Gary Numan Interview

Gary Numan In Conversation from Machine Music on Vimeo.

I’ve always thought Gary Numan was highly underrated. Go back today and listen through his albums and see if you don’t agree. Honest loud real analog synths and interesting vocals. They don’t make them like they used to.

“Gary Numan (born Gary Webb on 8 March 1958) is an English singer, composer, and musician, most widely known for his chart-topping 1979 hits “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” (with Tubeway Army) and “Cars”. One of the first musicians to use electronic synthesizers successfully in rock music, his signature sound consisted of heavy synthesizer hooks fed through guitar effects pedals. Commercially unsuccessful for many years of his career, Numan is nevertheless considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music. His use of themes from science fiction, and his combination of aggressive punk energy with electronics, have since been widely imitated.” – Wikipedia.org

The official Gary Numan homepage: http://www.numan.co.uk

5 Comments

  1. Gary Numan is an absolute legend – being a qualified pilot is proper cool too :)

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  2. While most people stop with “Replicas” and “The Pleasure Principle”, “Telekon” is really fantastic – it’s not just a great SYNTH record, it’s a great RECORD. I’m also a big fan of “Dance”‘s long, mysterious pieces and the unique fretless bass stylings on “I, Assassin”.

    However, even though I will say I’m a Numan fan, there’s no getting around the fact that things went off a cliff pretty quickly. “Warriors” has about 1.5 decent songs. I love the rough PPG textures of “Berserker” and “The Fury”, but the wailing guitars and wailing female vocals put me off. And after that, he gets totally unlistenable for far too many albums.

    His late 1990s reinvention as a doom-wave goth-rocker was promising at first, but he appears to really like making the same album (if not same song) over and over at this point. He’s in a rut, but at least it’s a hipper rut than when he was trying to sound like “Simply Irresistible”-era Robert Palmer.

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  3. Gary Numan is a legend. His records have been sampled everywhere. Early hip hop/rap owes heaps to his open electronic drum beats. :)

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  4. The Living Ornaments ’79 & ’80 albums are quite possibly the finest live albums I’ve ever owned. Played them to death on vinyl when I was a kid, now still in heavy rotation in iTunes.

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  5. Gary Numan is underrated, even today. He’s sill playing and he’s still good, I don’t think he can get old.

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