Numan (Gary Anthony James Webb) was born on 8th March 1958.
He became famous in May 1979 and his TV debut was on The
Old Grey Whistle Test the night before his Top of The Pops
debut. Before this he had released three singles as band
Tubeway Army. They did not make it into the charts but gained
some early fans.
'Friends' Electric?", from the album Replicas was a single
released as a picture disc in May 1979, and this in part,
helped it get to number one without any airplay on the nations
station Radio1. 'Cars' was the next single released in September
of the same year and it too got to number one in the UK
charts. This was from the first album released under the
name 'Gary Numan' called 'The Pleasure Principle'.
two singles are well known, even by people that don't recognise
the name Gary Numan. As soon as you say the song titles
or sing them then people know who it is!
HE HAS MANY MORE singles and albums, some have charted
and some not; but all with little or no airplay have kept
his career going a long time.
influences were Marc Bolan, David Bowie, John Foxx era of
people seeing Gary performing on TV or on stage thought
him weird and aloof. Meeting him or seeing him in interviews
showed a very open frank and maybe vunerable young man that
knew his own mind and did not fit into the sterotype of
Numan's career took a large dip between 1985 and 1994 and
he tried to regain his former glory with albums full of
music that wasn't really in keeping with his reknown style.
His experiments did though produce some great music of various
1994 Numan re-invented himself taking a harsher, industrial
sound which gained new fans whilst too recapturing some
lost ones. There were still of course the hardcore 'Numanoids'
who were always there and likely always will be and Debra
is proud to be one of the original Numanoids and Gary has
even mentioned her in his autobiography 'Praying To The
Aliens' and on Piccadilly Radio. I too have been a numanoid
since meeting him in 2002 at HMV in Oxford Street.
1994 many people have quoted Numan as their or one of their
influence's. Some have covered his songs. He is a well respected
influence on todays music scene and I'm sure will for years
to come yet. His new album 'Jagged' will be relased on 13th
March 2006 and Debra and I can't wait to go get it. He is
also touring the UK, Europe and USA during 2006. (see tour
dates page on his website)
is married to Gemma (a fellow Numanoid) and they have tree
daughters. Raven who was concieved by IVF and Persia and
Echo who were natural conceptions.
is far too much to say about Gary Numan and I not going
to go on anymore at this stage, so see his website and maybe
one day I will dedicate a more worthwhile section on Gary