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by Gary Numan
     
 

In the U.S., Gary Numan is remembered as a one-hit-wonder, while back home in his native England, he continued to crank out hit after hit and became a superstar in the process. His icy space-age persona and sound may be forever associated with early-80's British new wave (Flock of Seagulls, early Duran Duran<See more details below

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In the U.S., Gary Numan is remembered as a one-hit-wonder, while back home in his native England, he continued to crank out hit after hit and became a superstar in the process. His icy space-age persona and sound may be forever associated with early-80's British new wave (Flock of Seagulls, early Duran Duran, etc.), but he was the originator, and today seems pretty darned original. Numan was a scholar of the David Bowie Ziggy Stardust-era, and used Bowie's space alien approach as a starting point. While retaining his futuristic lyrics, Gary stripped Ziggy's sound free of the distorted guitar riffing and posturing, and replaced it with clinical synthesizers and a standoffish stage persona. His music also gives off a paranoid vibe at times, as evidenced on the hits "I Die: You Die" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?" But Numan's songs can also sedate you ("Down in the Park"), while other times sneak up on you (the unexpected punk rocker "Bombers"). And of course there's his sole U.S. hit, "Cars," which sounds like a not so distant ancestor to fellow futuristic weirdos Devo.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1997
Label:
Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC:
0607618200725
catalogNumber:
82007
Rank:
88909

Tracks

  1. Cars  - Gary Numan
  2. I Die: You Die  - Gary Numan
  3. Are 'Friends' Electric?  - Gary Numan
  4. Down in the Park  - Gary Numan
  5. We Are Glass  - Gary Numan
  6. Bombers  - Gary Numan
  7. We Take Mystery (To Bed)  - Gary Numan
  8. She's Got Claws  - Gary Numan
  9. Complex  - Gary Numan
  10. Music for Chameleons  - Gary Numan
  11. That's Too Bad  - Gary Numan
  12. This Wreckage  - Gary Numan
  13. Warriors  - Gary Numan
  14. Love Needs No Disguise  - Gary Numan
  15. White Boys and Heros  - Gary Numan
  16. Sister Surprise  - Gary Numan
  17. Stormtrooper in Drag  - Gary Numan
  18. Cars  - Gary Numan

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