Sunday, June 11, 2006

Gary Numan Vs. Tarantulatron 3000

Gary Numan

Gary Numan And Tubeway Army "Something's In The House"

Gary Numan And Tubeway Army "Are Friends Electric"

Gary Numan "Complex"

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Okay, I recently found out there's much more to Gary Numan than the song "Cars" (although I still think that song is great). I picked up his first three records that have been remastered, and was surprised to see how quickly he conquered my playlists. The first record, 'Gary Numan & Tubeway Army', is a great guitar record, which seems strange for a guy who became well known for his eighties'ed out synth rhythms. I've put up 'Something's In The House' from that record since it's hands down my favorite as well as reminding me that people used wear skinny and hang out in new york night clubs where there was always a chance of Corey Hart spilling a kamikaze on yr parachute pants.

'Replicas', Tubeway Army's second record, is just as great. On this one he starts seriously getting into the keyboard thing. This is the record that contains the hit 'Down In The Park', which contains the ominous line "oh no there's a rape machine". What a horrible image this paints in my mind. Gary was obviously spending a litttle too much time in his robot workshop during the writing of this record. But it payed off, because he since went on to be a two time champion on the show "Robo Trumble". Oh, i'm sorry i meant "Robot Rumble".

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The last song on here is "Complex", from Numan's first solo record "The Pleasure Priniciple". This is an airy composition that trumps the hit off that record, "Cars", anyday. After "The Pleasure Principle" gary went on to do some ridiculous shit, none of which ever compared with the work he did on these first three albums. But he's always got the robot battle thing to fall back on. Good for him.


Blogger expostulatron said...

Telekon, his fourth album, is also really great. It's the last of the Machmen cycle.

And *then* he started to suck.

5:37 PM PDT  
Blogger dusted21 said...

just picked that up the other day! haven't listened to it much yet but a friend of mine said the same thing as you. i can tell which gary numan records suck just by looking at the album covers basically.

9:40 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gary numan played the guitar on that album. i didnt know that until recently.

my favorite part about tubeway army is the drums. they suck so much they are good - always a few miliseconds too late. especially on tha t song that sgtarts with the phil k dick title as the lyric: flow my tears the new po-lice hymn (?)

10:15 AM PDT  
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2:46 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to hear his last 3 albums..GREAT stuff. Exile, Pure and Jagged. I saw him live in NYC this past summer and it was my top 2 shows of all time. I was amazed. This guy has to catch a break.

8:06 AM PDT  

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