Monday, March 08, 2010

'80s Music Monday: Gary Numan

Gary Numan is an English artist I first heard of in 1979. He was considered "New Wave," but he didn't really sound like anyone else. He had one big hit in America with "Cars," and then kind of disappeared out of the mainstream here. He kept making records in the UK, though, and I listened to him all through the '80s.

He cultivated a robotic, affectless persona (to hide his shyness, he's said; turns out he has Asperger's syndrome too), and wrote quirky, original songs about alienation and loneliness. He was right up my alley, obviously. Way, way up my alley in 1980. (Yeah, I was a hella gloomy kid. )

Here are some of my favorites:

"Cars" (1979)

"Are 'Friends' Electric?" (1979)

"I Die: You Die" (1980)

"Love Needs No Disguise" (1981)
Sorry, I don't normally link, but I couldn't find a good embeddable version, and this is one of his best, but not so well-known in the US.

"Stormtrooper in Drag" (1981)

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