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Gary Numan

Premier Hits 2xLP

Gary Numan is a musical pioneer and his influence on so many artists is unmistakable and grand. Gary’s style connects him with fans of multiple genres…electronic, industrial, indie-rock, metal, etc. He remains an innovator, and his fan base continues to grow. Premier Hits is a 21-song compilation album available for the first time ever on vinyl. This perfect introduction to the world of Gary Numan is a 2LP set and contains his best-known hits including “Cars”, “I Die: You Die”, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and more. This package also contains four bonus tracks, “Metal”, “We Are So Fragile”, “Films” and “Me, I Disconnect From You”. He’s been name-checked as an influence by everyone from Kanye West to Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age, and an ever-growing list of artists have covered and sampled his music. These range from Basement Jaxx to Damon Albarn; Afrika Bambaataa to RZA and GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.
 
“There are still people trying to work out what a genius Gary Numan is.” – Prince
 
“I was always impressed by the way Gary Numan found his own voice–and it was unusual–but it was unmistakably him and boldly him. I see me doing what I learned from him.” – Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails “Gary Numan proves music has always been really inventive for the masses.” – Lady Gaga
 
In North America Gary Numan is often most remembered for his hit ‘Cars’ 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. Numan was born Gary Anthony James Webb on March 18, 1958, in the West London section of Hammersmith. A shy child, music brought him out of his shell; he began playing guitar in his early teens and played in several short-lived bands. Inspired by the amateurism of the punk movement, he and bassist Paul Gardiner split off to form a group, Tubeway Army, with drummer Bob Simmonds. They recorded a number of singles under futuristic pseudonyms that attempted to match their new interest in synthesizers. Scrapping that idea, Webb rechristened himself Gary Numan and replaced Simmonds with his uncle Jess Lidyard. Thus constituted, Tubeway Army cut a set of punk-meets-Kraftwerk demos for Beggars Banquet in 1978, which were released several years later as The Plan. Towards the end of the year the group’s debut album, Tubeway Army appeared. Chiefly influenced by Kraftwerk and David Bowie’s Berlin-era collaborations with Brian Eno, the album also displayed Numan’s fascination with the experimental side of glam, as well as science fiction writer Philip Dick. The next few years saw the release of further groundbreakers Replicas and The Pleasure Principle which made him a household name in his native UK.
 
-- Beggars Group
item # 39331
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