Theme Times – Gary Numan


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Gary Anthony James Webb (born 8 March 1958), known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. Born in West London, he first entered the music industry as frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo LP The Pleasure Principle in 1979, topping the UK Albums Chart. He achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the No. 1 singles “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and “Cars”, but maintains a cult following.

Numan is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music, and his signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals. He is also known for his distinctive voice and androgynous “android” persona. In 2017 he received an Ivor Novello Award, the Inspiration Award, from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.


Gary Numan

1958 – Present

I think the first Numan song l heard was Replicas [1979], and from that moment on l was totally hooked! Here are some of his best songs.

Replicas 1979

I Die, You Die 1980

We Are Glass 1981

Are Friends Electric 1979

Cars 1979

Metal 1979

M.E. 1979

Down in the Park 1981

I Am Dust 2013

Music For Chameleons 1982

Love Hurt Bleed 2013

Ghost Nation 2017

Listen to my Voice 2001

White Boys and Heroes 1982


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