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Ickmusic Live: Gary Numan 1980

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I know very little about Gary Numan. I’ve always been a fan of “Cars”, but beyond that, not much exposure to ol’ Gary. But I’m always seeking to paint in the bare spots of my musical canvas (like that?), and God knows, we all need to take a trip back to 1980 once in a while for some classic synth-heavy new wave.

So a quick Numanology…. born Gary Anthony James Webb in Hammersmith, West London in 1958… Put together a band in the late 70’s called Tubeway Army… 1979’s The Pleasure Principle included his biggest hit, “Cars” – and was completely devoid of guitars… two of his biggest influences: David Bowie and Marc Bolan… he’s a flying nut, and was once arrested in India for “spying” during a flight around the world… he’s seen a resurgence in his career over the last decade, as time and perspective have him labeled by some as the “godfather of electronic music.”

Enjoy the show…

Gary Numan
Live in Santa Monica, CA
BBC Rock Hour, broadcast September 7, 1980

Airlane
Me I Disconnect From You
Praying To The Aliens
M.E.
Films
We Are So Fragile
Are Friends Electric?
Conversation
Metal
Cars
I Die, You Die
Down In The Park

Gary Numan’s Official Site | MySpace

Buy 1980’s Telekon

6 Comments

  • Matt

    Pete~
    I went and consulted my pal travis, who is a total Numan nut, and it turns out that I was mistaken – You (and Wikipedia) are right: no guitars.
    ~Matt

  • Zack

    I have three of his albums – Telekon, The Pleasure Principle and Replicas. All are very good – I especially recommend Telekon and The Pleasure Principle. These are the records that everybody was trying to replicate 5 years ago with the electro genre. And they still sound fresh, if you ask me.

  • SPARKY

    CARS WAS NOT HIS BIGGEST HIT ‘ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC’ WAS NO.1 FOR TUBEWAY ARMY AND WAS SAMPLED BY THE SUGAR BABES FOR ‘FREAK LIKE ME’ WHICH ALSO GOT TO NO.1 . THANKS FOR THE LIVE SHOW EXCELLENT CHEERS.

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