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Gary Numan

With one hand on a Minimoog, and the other in a William S. Burroughs novel, Gary Numan became one of the most influential artists in synth pop. His signature sound is a wall of perfectly oscillating analog synthesizers running through simple melodies and generating tremendous alien drones. Accompanying these electric textures is his disaffected, plaintive voice. His lyrics create a world of technological and sexual alienation, drawing tensions between past and future, self and other. His songs are like the tears of a clown, fronting pop exuberance and melodies while cold, melancholic words and harmonies lay gloomily in the back.

Gary Numan Concert Films

  • Live at the Enmore

    Gary Numan

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 1 hr 51 min

    For over 30 years, Gary Numan has moved effortlessly from one genre to another, all the while creating something instantly recognizable as his alone. In this spectacular concert we filmed in Sydney, he plays his entire 1979 album The Pleasure Principle, and it’s astonishing to remember that it was recorded with no guitars whatsoever. Today those same songs are delivered with a fierce determination, and it’s easy to see how the sheer symphonic power of those early chords lay the foundation for the industrial goth-metal of later songs like Jagged and Halo.
     
     

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