Gary Numan: Five Essential Songs On His Birthday

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At the gym where Rocks Off wastes time and money every few days, there is a dude that looks like Gary Numan from the cover of his solo Pleasure Principle album, so much so that we want to ask him daily if he is a part of a Houston Numan/Tubeway Army cover band we don't know about. Any idea?

Today is the real Numan's birthday. He was born March 8, 1958, which makes him just a few months older than Rocks Off's dad. This is demoralizing because it makes us immediately imagine our dear father dressed as one of the fathers of industrial and darkwave.

The former Gary Anthony James Webb paved the way for detached artists like Al Jourgensen and the Oscar-winning Trent Reznor with albums such as his former group's eponymous Tubeway Army and his later solo work.

Tubeway's two studio albums and one demo collection are required listening, especially 1979's Replicas, which features "Down In The Park", a song later covered by both Foo Fighters and Marilyn Manson.

As far as solo albums go, you cannot go wrong with the previously mentioned Pleasure Principle or - since we like to be hip and obscure - Telekon. Anyway, here are five essential Numan songs. What are your favorites?

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"Down In the Park"

"Me! I Disconnect From You"

"Are Friends Electric?"


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How could you forget "Metal"???


I agree completely with Jo. But "I Die, You Die" is a must for this list.

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Jo the Waiter

I'm with Smedley- The songs you list are just the "hits"- but there is so very much more! "My Shadow in Vain", "My Love Is A Liquid" and "Every Day I Die" from self-titled Tubeway Army. "You Are In My Vision" from Replicas. "Metal" and "My Conversation" from Pleasure Principal. "The Aircrash Bureau" "Remind Me to Smile" and "I Dream of Wires" (also nicely covered by Robert Palmer on his Clues album, which BTW features another Numan song "Found You Now") from Telekon. Dance, I, Assassin and even Warriors are also excellent albums!


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I, Assassin is a great album.

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