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The Principal Pleasure Of Being Gary Numan

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, June 1980

GARY NUMAN is a nice guy. Seriously. And what I want to know – and what he wants to know, too, though he's probably too ...

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Gary Numan: The Pleasure Principle

Review by Danny Baker, New Musical Express, 8 September 1979

AND PEOPLE seethe at the Golden Boy. Let's forget the threadbare rock'n'roll bitch that it's all been done before by 'proper' artists — Bowie this, ...

Gary Numan: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, 29 September 1979

THE FACE of '79 doesn't belong to a mod, punk, or to anyone so sectarian, but to Gary Numan, and it's time we faced up ...

Gary Numan: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 29 September 1979

Are pin-ups electric? ...

Do Sheep Dream Of Electric Androids? The Gary Numan Enigma

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 6 October 1979

DATA: Gary Numan found his stage name in the Yellow Pages. The original Numan is a vendor of domestic appliances. In German "nu" means "now' ...

Gary Numan: Playing To The Aliens

Interview by Jon Savage, Smash Hits, 15 November 1979

John Savage finds out what success means to Gary Numan. ...

The Concise NME Guide To Electronic Music & Synthesised Sound PART TWO — Synthesisers

Overview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 12 January 1980

POMP THE trouble with synthesisers is actually playing them, accepting their status as sound-generators and starting from scratch. Mechanical keyboards were included in early synth ...

Gary Numan: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, 22 March 1980

Frozen Robots ...

Gary Numan: Telekon

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 September 1980

AH, THE shimmering dust-free corridors, the pleasure machines, the limitless possibilities opened up by microtechnology, the disturbing effects of cybernetic leisure upon the fragile human ...

Gary Numan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, The Times, 18 September 1980

IF YOU choose to sow in the field of fashion, you must expect to reap a brief harvest. There were empty seats at Gary Numan's ...

Gary Numan Remains in Contact

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, January 1981

CONTRADICTIONS, contradictions. (Sigh.) Gary Numan is not a simple proposition. Most people think he's simply wonderful – the electrono-pop tunesmith who's ever so cute – ...

Match Wits With Gary Numan!

Interview by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, January 1981

...if you were him, what would you do? Administered and Graded by Neuromantic Jeffrey Morgan, B. A. ...

XTC and Gary Numan: The New English Art Rock

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1981

BOTH XTC and Gary Numan express a sense of the new English isolation. Americans seem to like the car-crazy Numan, while the pure British pop ...

Gary Numan: Dance (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 5 September 1981

"These New Romantics are oh so boring I could swear I've been there once or twice before" ('Moral') ...


Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, 21 January 1982

The rise and rise of the pop video has brought mini-movies into every living room; Adam in panto, The Human League in detective thrillers, Barry ...

Gary Numan: I, Assassin/Captain Sensible: Women And Captains First

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 September 1982

A PAIR OF FUNSTERS from the charts: Sensible in his new role as the nation's favourite lovable loony and Numan in his old one as ...

Gary Numan: Warriors (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 17 September 1983

NUMAN — OLD HAT... ...

Gary Numan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 18 October 1983

EVEN IF you are undecided about his music, you have to give Gary Numan credit for his nerve and the mysterious hold which his meagre ...

Gary Numan: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Don Watson, New Musical Express, 29 October 1983


Gary Numan: "I'd love to carry a gun. If some nutter comes at me with a gun I'd like to be able to shoot him."

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, 15 October 1988

"IT'S COLD outside" sang GARY NUMAN nine years ago during 'Are Friend's Electric''s wintery grip on the charts. None of Gaz's more recent attempts have ...

Gary Numan: The Mad Max Factor

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1988

Despised by the press, cold-shouldered by radio, physically attacked by members of the public — life's never been a bowl of cherries for Old Chalk ...

Who The Hell Does Gary Numan Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, May 1991

THANK CHRIST for this "Siberian snap" and all this snow, is all I can say. Thank Christ that "it's cold outside" (as G. Numan sang ...

Techno: Watts Going On

Retrospective by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 18 January 1992

AND SO, we hear you say, tell us more about the origins and development of this exciting music you call Techno. ...

Mum's the word

Overview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 15 June 1998

They maybe rock icons, mad, bad and dangerous to know. But somewhere, some long-suffering woman remembers them in nappies. Caroline Sullivan on that great institution, ...

Gary Numan: Numan Finds His Way

Profile and Interview by j. poet, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 August 2006

"IN AMERICA I'm still the classic one hit wonder," Gary Numan says philosophically, via phone from his home outside of London. ...

One Nation Under a Moog: How Britain Went Synthpop

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, The Guardian, 10 October 2009

As new BBC4 documentary Synth Britannia shows, the synthesizer first dehumanised then re-humanised British pop, fulfilled the DIY promise of punk, and changed how bands ...

When Gary Numan met Little Boots

Report and Interview by Paul Lester, The Guardian, 3 December 2009

He arrived in 1979, bringing synthpop to the masses. She is part of the bold new wave reinventing the genre for the 21st century. So ...

Gary Numan's Life Beyond the "Long Shadow" of 'Cars'

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 12 March 2014

WHILE HIS latest record, the dark and evocative Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) is giving him some of the best reviews of his 35-plus-year ...

Jim Sullivan's top ten albums of 2017

Review by Jim Sullivan, Cape Cod Times, 8 December 2017

"I HATE WRITING year-end top-10-best-albums lists." ...

Gary Numan with James Hogg: (R)evolution (Little, Brown)

Book Review by Jude Rogers, The Observer, 15 November 2020

IN DYLAN JONES'S recent oral history of the New Romantic movement, Sweet Dreams, Gary Numan stands out like a sore pale thumb. He fell into ...

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