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cosmic tramp 13-08-2016 10:06 PM

John Foxx - Underpass

decode reality 14-08-2016 12:10 AM

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John Foxx - Underpass

Always liked that one. It's clinical sounding but imaginative at the same time.

cosmic tramp 14-08-2016 12:30 AM

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Originally Posted by decode reality (Post 1062779161)
Always liked that one. It's clinical sounding but imaginative at the same time.

I remember a story about him that he'd gone and got himself a regular office job so he could get more life experience for songwriting.

bluefire 14-08-2016 02:26 AM

Nicki Minaj "Turn me on" video.

decode reality 14-08-2016 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by cosmic tramp (Post 1062779167)
I remember a story about him that he'd gone and got himself a regular office job so he could get more life experience for songwriting.

I can see the pros and cons of that. Chris Difford of Squeeze got many of his lyrical ideas from working in a lawyer's office, and some of the phrases he'd see in actual testimonies in divorce cases would end up in his songs.

If you're in a studio all the time, you don't get to experience other areas of life, but office environments can also be soul-sapping, to put it mildly.

decode reality 14-08-2016 08:51 AM

Interesting how synthesisers became popular at a time when a generation of musicians who'd been raised on sci fi movies/tv shows and literature were coming of age. Music technology was also making great strides, so all these elements kind of blended. Arguably, the people in the music world today using 'transhumanism themes' aren't doing anything particularly new. Or are they?

getagrip 14-08-2016 11:54 AM

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decode reality 09-11-2016 03:44 PM

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Numan's "Cars" is one ( man and car becoming one) . "Down in The Park" is a dark one too.

Embed is disabled on this one, a live performance of Down In The Park. Very dystopian.
'Prism-spotters' will notice a fair few of 'em here.

cosmic tramp 09-11-2016 05:27 PM

Gary Numan, thematically, was actually onto something circa 1980, somehow though he never seemed to have the talent to sustain or develop it. Apologies to Gary Numan fans .

decode reality 09-11-2016 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by bluefire (Post 1062779201)
Nicki Minaj "Turn me on" video.

Much belatedly - yes you're right, as a modern example.

decode reality 09-11-2016 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmic tramp (Post 1062830003)
Gary Numan, thematically, was actually onto something circa 1980, somehow though he never seemed to have the talent to sustain or develop it. Apologies to Gary Numan fans .

Or do you think it was the fact that he was a victim of the eighties? His original idol Bowie obviously had far greater knowledge as a musician, and a long track record for writing great songs, but look at his output for that decade as well.

cosmic tramp 09-11-2016 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by decode reality (Post 1062830028)
Or do you think it was the fact that he was a victim of the eighties? His original idol Bowie obviously had far greater knowledge as a musician, and a long track record for writing great songs, but look at his output for that decade as well.

Good point...without "Low" there'd be no Gary Numan. For a very short while people thought this was the new Bowie, thing is it's as if he had all the ingredients but not the recipe typa thing. Pulled it for the first thee albums (I still think Telekon - his third, is excellent) then after that, he constantly dipped in and out of mediocrity and the occasional plane crash, though did have a cult following attending all his gigs who couldn't make the Bowie connection as they were a bit too young.

decode reality 09-11-2016 06:12 PM

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Good point...without "Low" there'd be no Gary Numan. For a very short while people thought this was the new Bowie, thing is it's as if he had all the ingredients but not the recipe typa thing. Pulled it for the first thee albums (I still think Telekon - his third, is excellent) then after that, he constantly dipped in and out of mediocrity and the occasional plane crash, though did have a cult following attending all his gigs who couldn't make the Bowie connection as they were a bit too young.

I've probably mentioned this before. A mate of mine who's a big Bowie fan had never really been convinced by Gary Numan, and that one Bowie song in particular practically gave Numan his career. It may well be something from Low, I can't remember. 'Cars' reminds me of 'Sound & Vision' in an abstract way, i.e., neither track has much singing - the interest is in the overall music - but the vocals are very important to the package.

I do think Numan has his own thing going on musically, even at that early stage.

paddy_blake 09-11-2016 06:12 PM

Gary Numan comeback:

Gary Numan Feels That The Music Industry Is Better Than Ever | This Morning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t45OEw_05o0

NOTE: Broadcast on 13/09/2016

decode reality 09-11-2016 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by paddy_blake (Post 1062830043)
Gary Numan comeback:

Gary Numan Feels That The Music Industry Is Better Than Ever | This Morning

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NOTE: Broadcast on 13/09/2016

That's a really good interview. Refreshing to see a positive slant on current music for a change!

decode reality 02-03-2017 10:13 PM

Pretty much spot-on Youtube comment on this song:

'Did this song predict our modern world? When I see a group of 'friends' sat round a table not talking to each other but all with their heads buried in their phones/ipads I think, now our friends are electric.'

It's a great song as well. The sound just resonates with me.

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GuitarSlinger 05-03-2017 07:41 PM

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