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Old 13-08-2016, 10:06 PM   #21
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Always liked that one. It's clinical sounding but imaginative at the same time.
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Old 14-08-2016, 12:30 AM   #23
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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.
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Old 14-08-2016, 02:26 AM   #24
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Old 14-08-2016, 08:45 AM   #25
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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.
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Old 14-08-2016, 08:51 AM   #26
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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?
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:44 PM   #28
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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.

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Old 09-11-2016, 04:27 PM   #29
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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 .
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Nicki Minaj "Turn me on" video.
Much belatedly - yes you're right, as a modern example.
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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.

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Old 09-11-2016, 04:59 PM   #32
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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.
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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.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:12 PM   #34
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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

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Old 09-11-2016, 05:41 PM   #35
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Gary Numan Feels That The Music Industry Is Better Than Ever | This Morning



NOTE: Broadcast on 13/09/2016
That's a really good interview. Refreshing to see a positive slant on current music for a change!
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:13 PM   #36
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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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