80s Music (and sometimes 10s) Rules—Slave To The SQUAREwave Returns!

ASRR---CARAfter a long hiatus full of whispered rumors hinting at disbanding, retirement, everything Slave to the SQUAREwave fans absolutely did NOT want to hear, something very exciting has happened—a new album release and a hot party at the Hard Rock in Toronto on February 28, 2014 hosted by David Marsden. That sound you hear is the collective thud of gob-smacked jaws hitting the floor—hallelujah and praise the music gods!

The album—Asphalt, Sex and Rock ‘n’Roll—where to start? These Slave-starved ears were ecstatic with the long-awaited product of a flawless, long-standing, and highly successful collaboration between Rob Stuart and Colin Troy. If ever a duo were destined to create beautiful music together, this is it, folks. The result of long hours in the studio is a perfect, fun-filled collection of music that will both kick your ass and caress your soul.

What should you expect? Here’s my humble attempt to describe the pleasure trip this album delivers to its listeners. Strap yourself in, slide your headset on, and prepare to rumble—this is way better than the best road trip you’ve ever had in the mightiest muscle car.

If asked to describe the opening track Middle Finger in one word, “funkalicious” is the closest adjective that does it any justice.  It’s a combination of Max Headroom (without the stutter) meets the Funkateers that is the perfect warm-up for what’s in store along this welcome journey. Alive and Electric (Dedicated to Jodi) presents swelling synths and superb harmonies; it’s a truly pleasing blend of keys and strings that picks up speed and takes on a life of its own.S2TSW-Poster-01

Next up is Texan Thugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, a play on words rife with fast cars, a thrumming beat, and tough-guy lyrics. Who could ask for anything more? Then, wafting through the headset is a slightly off-kilter intro to The Big South that lures the listener into a poetic bop-fest of beat-driven goodness.

Not for the faint of heart, Zombie charges off the starting line in a sheer frenzy. Anyone who can sit still while listening to the exceptional synths and snarling vocals of this party-in-your-ear track needs to check for a pulse because they just may well be a zombie. Then, when you think you have a handle on what’s feeding into your brain, the Dr. Who-esque intro of Poor Man’s Fight draws you smack-dab into the middle of the fray, while trippy, fun lyrics bind you up and hold you captive.

Who wouldn’t wish for a Seven Day Saturday Night? Here it is handed to you on a silver platter—the penultimate weekend escape, complete with kick-ass strings that transport you straight into the party-hearty environment that you crave. From there, the bass-heavy opening of Bump promises—and delivers—heart-stopping percussive goodness.

Early Stone Roses anyone? Montreal is another foray into trippy melodies, sexy organ, and seductive piano. After the shameless seduction has left you breathless, you are thrown in front of a revving engine like a beast out of control. Amazing Grace threatens to spin out wildly; miraculously, traction holds you firmly to the road and catapults you along the autobahn of life and love.

SLAVE-to-the-SQUAREwaveThe next track begs for Peace of Mind, but the direct and driven message is that it’s truly an elusive goal. To emphasize that point, Time is Running Out presents a frantic and breathless illustration that time for us is, indeed, running out. Perhaps we should stop and smell the roses?

Casino is a perfectly crafted analogy of love won and lost the hard way. Better luck the next time, baby. You see, everybody gets a little lucky sometimes. Destined to be a favorite, Alive and Electric (Rob’s Analog Electromix) would be ideally at home on any Ultravox collection. The vocals form a faultless partnership with synths that reach down into the soul and infuse a shot of divine life-sustaining energy.

Zombie (Sonix Mix) is a less-frenetic reprise of the un-dead anthem; a different spin on a great, rollicking song. Likewise, Texan Thugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Mad Flowers Mix) gives one last and different listen to what makes this collection a no-holds-barred masterpiece.

Slave to the SQUAREwave delivers raw, unbridled musical joy with each and every collaborative piece that they create. Don’t miss out on a chance to experience truly artistic genius at its very best, while Rob and Colin still have the passion to make it happen. And, if you are lucky enough to be in the greater Toronto area whenever the sun, moon and stars align in perfect combination, be sure to see the dynamic duo Rob Stuart and Colin Troy, along with supporting band members Doug Lea and Craig Moffitt, for a live performance.  It’s definitely on my bucket list.ASRR---Reel-to-Reel

A very limited supply of 200 Asphalt, Sex and Rock ‘n’Roll CDs will be available at the release gig at the Hard Rock Café (279 Yonge St, Toronto ON) gig on Feb 28, 2014. After that, an “Expanded Edition” will be added, which includes these outstanding bonus tracks: “India”, “Stereo Orthophonic High Fidelity Victrolis (SOHFV),” and “Alive & Electric (Kernel Chiptune Mix).” Also, for the first time, S2TSW are making The Money Shot (another absolute personal fave) available with all bonus tracks. Both albums are for sale starting Feb. 28, 2014 at the locations shown below.

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Gary Numan ~ The Amazing 80s Icon is Back Stronger Than Ever

From the “it doesn’t get much better than this” department….Gary Numan’s live set presented by KCRW in its total exquisiteness.

This was merely a warm-up for the mini-eastern US tour he was about to embark on, and the later more extensive UK tour.

Unfortunately, I missed Numan in Sunrise, FL when he opened for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails on October 30. I had a ticket, but circumstances way beyond my control prevented me from attending.

Next time…and there WILL be a next time, so I hear. Perhaps in March 2014.

Until then, there are always quality videos such as this–and my dreams–to sustain me.

With thanks to Andrew Lister for calling my attention to this video.

“Dead Son Rising” CD by Gary Numan with Ade Fenton ~ A Review

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“Dead Son Rising” CD by Gary Numan with Ade Fenton – released September 2011

(Photo credits: Ed Fielding Photography http://www.edfielding.co.uk/)

Long awaited, Dead Son Rising is a theme-driven collection of electronica only the way Gary Numan, along with Ade Fenton, can create. Pounding and wistful, demanding and longing, tender and brutal, it is a study in impossible contrasts that work together so seamlessly as to be other-worldly. Words can only inadequately describe the music on this brilliant CD. If you love electronica/dark wave/industrial/goth, this is a must-have addition to your collection.

Resurrection
The swell of the synthesizers backdropped with breathing sounds and static is a perfect indicator of what is to come on this epic CD. Something sinister yet magical is in the air, and we are about to be willingly drawn into its merciless grasp.

Big Noise Transmission
Static noise and a driving rhythm section catapult us into a staccato mind-puzzle fraught with urgent, whispered pleas. Fully Numan-esque and gripping, this industrial anthem is a rock-solid testament to a direction Numan has whole-heartedly embraced over the past sixteen years. He shows us he has this genre fully mastered and ready for our listening pleasure. The abrupt end leaves us aching for more.

Dead Sun Rising
Numan uses his signature vocals against a deeply satisfying electronic backdrop. There is no one on this planet that could pull off an electronic ballad as successfully as Gary Numan. It is the perfect melding of lyrics, vocals, and synthesizers that captures the soul and transports it to another dimension.

When the Sky Bleeds, He Will Come
Numan and company use everything but the kitchen sink to deliver this masterpiece. Left to the devices of mere mortals, this song would result in listening confusion; in Gary and Ade’s more than capable hands, it is an extraordinary testament to pushing music to its limits and successfully achieving perfection.

For the Rest Of My Life
Don’t let the title/lyrics fool you. This is no tender love song. It borders on an obsessiveness that is both scary yet oddly compelling. It is similar to approaching an accident scene on the highway, and not being able to avert your eyes. In fact, it makes the listener want to hit the “replay” button; not only to hear it again, but to validate the message.

Not the Love We Dream Of
The stark piano notes that open this song are gorgeous. Enter Gary Numan’s voice, and what we end up with is a slightly off-kilter and purposeful story woven of disappointment and sadness. Who can’t relate to the melancholic message delivered here? We have all made mistakes that have devastated us. Numan and company put context to those feelings so we can unleash the demons within.

The Fall
Gary advises us how to deal with being shattered, even telling us point blank that the world still goes on even if we cannot. This is a perfect song to play when things are falling apart in our lives, if only for the rhythm, which makes it impossible to sit still long enough to feel sorrow.

We Are the Lost
The powerful and driving drumbeat that opens this track and anchors it throughout is a welcome diversion from the keyboards that usually take the limelight. Coupled with a Middle Eastern flair that Numan has previously and successfully brought into his music, this song resonates down into the listener’s toes. The textures are rich and colorful, like an open market full of hand-woven cloth displays.

For The Rest Of My Life (Reprise)
Like a path winding its way through a dark forest, we are gently guided to a clearing where Gary awaits us to remind us of the lost love he introduced us to earlier in our journey.

Into Battle
This track is a cacophony of sounds that starts out somewhat reminiscent of wind chimes in a stormy summer garden. But don’t be lulled into submission. The seemingly harmless wind chimes morph into the cadence and timber of something destructive and sinister. Even if you are on your guard, you are not going to be ready for the abrupt end. Signifying eternity, perhaps?

Not the Love We Dream Of (Piano Version)
Again, we are treated to the stark piano notes winding through the introduction to this song. Slowed down and purposeful, almost funereal, we are reminded of mortality, mistakes, and failed missions. It is definitely a song of introspection, but with the change-up in tone and tempo midway through, Numan informs us musically that there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

Dead Sun Rising (Early Version)
This version feels like it is played at a slower speed. Numan’s vocals are the focus with the lush accompaniment of electronica there merely to support the master as he works his craft. It is a delightfully welcome version of the title track, and the perfect close to a perfect CD.

Well done, Gary. You are a perfectionist, and our lives are enriched because of it.

Visit Gary Numan’s website: http://www.numan.co.uk/

“The Fall” official full-length promotional video via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

“The Fall” live by Gary Numan – via YouTube user GaryNumanOfficial:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Ten

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Matt Jessup (UK) 

I have come to know Matt through FaceBook. He belongs to the legions of lifelong Gary Numan fans, discovering and falling hard for the unique look and sound Numan brought to the world at the very end of the 70s. Matt was kind enough to share his journey with us in his own words.

He writes:
I’ve followed Gary Numan since 1979. Unfortunately, I missed the Touring Principle tour, but was more than fortunate to see Teletour 80. I also consider myself one of the select few who actually witnessed the Wembley Farewell concert live. It was musical history in the making and I still can’t get over I was there. It was staggering!

I was drawn to Numan by his 1st appearance performing “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” on Top Of The Pops. My jaw hit the floor and I made everyone shut up so I could hear it. At that time, there was too much agro going on with anarchy, punks and skinheads fighting and all the sh*t music it brought (some of which I quite like now, strangely). I hated it, and Numan was a breath of fresh air. And, with me being a keyboard player, after seeing the word JP4 on Telekon, I went down to the music shop and bought one. I never looked back.

My favorite albums will always be what I consider the “Fab 5:” Tubeway Army, Replicas,  The Pleasure Principle, Telekon, and Dance. They are time machines for me. I can tell who, what, where, and when, and in some cases, can still smell her perfume. Perfect memories to perfect music. I also adore Sacrifice.

I have many, many favorite tracks: “Metal,” “Exhibition,” “Subway”…too many to list.

My most exciting moments include Dad saying “yes” to the request of £15 to go to Wembley (that included coach there and back), and finding out Gary was using the sounds I sent him for The Pleasure Principle 2009. Also, every concert I attended, it was exciting meeting up beforehand, when Gary was at the height of fame. Southampton was a sea of black and red, and I still have the red belt harness I wore to Wembley.

I can’t actually say “I love Gary Numan” because that would make me gay – ha! I always wished I looked like him, though – great eyes. I can express my love for him only one way, by declaring his sheer brilliance, which comes down to his lyrics and the way his voice fits the words. The sounds. As I said before, his lyrics can drop you to your knees and the synth lines just lift you right up. A classic example is Andy Gray’s mix of “Prayer for the Unborn.” It’s a fact that at Troxy last year, the intro and the way “Down In The Park”  kicked in actually brought tears to my eyes. It was so massive. And in that instant, I was back watching him come out in that car on Teletour. Then, I was back in the room, and my son Josh, 21 looked at me nodding and said, “Oooh yeah…Numan’s still got it.”

I met Gary Numan in 1986. We chatted for 45 minutes. No illusions were shattered; “Numan” went offstage and I chatted to “Gary Webb,” if that makes sense. Now, I would dearly love for my 2 sons to meet Gary and shake the hand of the man who has shaped 30 years of my life. They are really up for that.

The Numan experience taught me song writing and sound creation. They were great years that brought great friends, and the most loyal fan base I’ve ever known.

Machinery Strange Dreams by Matt Jessup via YouTube user DarkAngelOne:


Me, I Disconnect From You (Gary Numan)
cover by Matt Jessup via YouTube user emjay946:

Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Gary Numan)piano cover by Matt Jessup via YouTube user emjay946:


Ghost
by Matt Jessup via YouTube user DarkAngelOne:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Nine

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Stephen Numan (Scotland)

What better way to show your love and admiration for someone than to take their surname as your own? I have been privileged with meeting Stephen Numan, who kindly agreed to share his secret life as a Numanoid on Rave and Roll. His story is a fascinating one, so sit back and enjoy.

Stephen writes:

There is history behind this. My mom divorced our abusive father when I was around four or five. My surname then was McAllister. When she got her divorce, she reverted to her maiden name of Boyle. She remarried many years later, and as a courtesy to my step-dad, I took on his surname of Nobbs. I took his name because he was great for my mom, and loved her and all us kids so much. Sometime later, I realized I wanted to take on the surname of Numan. I will explain later.

I have been a fan since first seeing Gary on The Old Grey Whistle Test back, I think, in 1978. What drew me to him was the projected persona: alien-like, emotionless, staring grey eyes, the eyeliner and make-up, and the utter loneliness I heard in his voice and lyrics.

Gary Numan’s music means EVERYTHING to me. I was 12 or 13 when I first heard his music. As a depressed loner at that time, I was searching for a hero, a figure I could look up to and possibly relate to. I saw that figure in Numan. I heard in his music and lyrics all the alienation and rejection I had felt throughout my childhood.

Now then, my favorite album – tricky – I would have to say Telekon, with The Pleasure Principle a close second. My fave song – EASY – “A Prayer for the Unborn” – just because of the story it tells about Gary and Gemma’s loss.

My fave Numan moment – his first live gig in Glasgow back in the day – it was amazing to see my hero on stage. I was in tears and utterly hysterical – oh the freedom of youth!

I think it’s obvious now my fave way to express my love for him; I changed my surname by deed poll 6 years ago. When I stayed in South Africa for 25 years, I imported ALL of his albums, singles and 12-inch singles. I had so many, I used to place them upon my living room walls as homage to the great man. I came back for a holiday in 1984 to see him on The Berserker Tour – great gig – I returned to SA with the album and a few 12-inch singles. I then painted the cover of Berserker on my living room wall – 10 foot by 10 foot, draped it in blue curtains with blue lighting from below – it looked awesome!

I’m a diehard Numan fan; always have been, and always will be. Obviously, I don’t like every track, and yet I love his ballads. “Don’t Call My Name” is truly heart-wrenching.

I have never met him, which makes me sad, and yet, maybe it’s meant to be that way. “Idolize at a distance.”

Whenever I need inspiration, whenever I need to be lifted from depression, whenever I need reminding of all that is and was great in my life – I play Gary Numan. Whenever I buy a new car or mp3 player – I ALWAYS play Numan on it first.

“Sleep By Windows” by Gary Numan via YouTube user themachman19691:

“A Prayer For The Unborn” by Gary Numan via YouTube user TheTelekon:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Eight

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Nik Sylvian (FaceBook persona)

The 80s decade spawned a lifetime of brilliant music that has lived long into the 21st century. Some of the more tenacious artists have made it to the present, still creating vital and brilliant music. Of course, Gary Numan is one such lesson in creative survival, and he is in good company along with artists like Peter Murphy, Bryan Ferry, Simple Minds, David Bowie, and Japan, to name a few.

Speaking of Japan, Numanoid Nik Sylvian also happens to be a deeply committed fan of David Sylvian. Both Gary Numan and David Sylvian were non-conforming pioneers during the most exciting musical decade in modern history, so it stands to reason Nik would be drawn to both of them. Let’s take a closer look at Nik’s fascination with Numan.

Nik has been a fan of Gary Numan’s for the past 30 years. There was something about Numan’s music that caught Nik’s ear three decades ago. When asked specifically what that “something” was, Nik responds, “Gary Numan talking about the future and how it would be like.”

When you love an artist, it’s very difficult to nail down a favorite creation. When asked to name a favorite album, a fan will instinctively answer, “All of them.” Nik is straightforward with his response, however, stating that “Telekon” is his favorite Gary Numan album. He quickly adds, “Also, I Assassin.”

Similarly, Nik points to “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” as his prefered Numan single, but again adds, “And also, I Assassin.” There may be a trend here!

Exciting Numan moments for Nik include seeing Gary perform on Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test. He’s in good company with many other long-term Numanoids who hold those same precious visions close to their hearts. As a final thought on Gary Numan, Nik shares, “He’s simply the best.” I know there are many people out there that would agree.

“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” by Gary Numan – via YouTube user dashproductions:

“I Assassin” by Gary Numan – via YouTube user GaryNumanAlbums:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Seven

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Mark Kemp ~ UK

For the seventh installment of the series, Mark took the challenge to share his story about being a Numanoid with gusto. His enthusiasm for Gary Numan is genuine and infectious, and needs no further introduction from me.

Mark writes:
Gary Numan; a name that has not been far from my mind since the age of 12. Like most fans, it started one Thursday night watching “Top of the Pops.” The sound, the image….mesmerizing. I bought the single (AFE) but couldn’t afford Replicas, so I had to borrow it and tape it. My “Grease Soundtrack” cassette sounded far better with Numan taped over it!! (Piss off Travolta).

I had discovered “real” music. My Saturdays from then on consisted of looking through music magazines for anything I could find relating to Gary. I sometimes spent my entire pocket money on a magazine that contained one small picture of Gary no bigger than about 4 centimeters square!

I never made it to his first tour, but managed to see him on the Teletour, which to a young lad was mind-blowing. I AM IN THE SAME ROOM AS GARY NUMAN !!!!!! Been on every tour since then, the exception being the Wembley “final” concerts. London might as well have been the moon for a lad from up north with little money. The “holy grail” of a front row seat at a Numan gig was a long time coming. It finally came on the “Metal Rhythm” tour.

I believed that I had grown up a bit when it came to being a Numan fan. I was wrong. I was in fucking awe of the man. He stood just a few feet away and I had never even dreamt of getting this close to my hero. I held my hand out to him and mouthed, “COME HERE.” He mouthed back to me, “NO YOU COME HERE” knowing full well that I couldn’t get up on the stage. He was teasing me! He waited about 10 minutes, then he bent over and shook my hand. Yep, that was GARY NUMAN shaking MY hand!! I quickly handed him a pen and my tour programme, which he signed; I even had time to take his picture signing it.

I have met Gary on 4 occasions, the best being at the first convention held in London where I had my picture taken with him. My Numan collection still grows: rare records, concert recordings, more pictures, thanks to the wonderful eBay. Favourite song? Still CARS. After all this time I have never got bored of it. Album? Again, The Pleasure Principle is an outstanding piece of work that still sounds relevant even today: “Noise Noise,” “The Machman,” “Every Day I Die,” “This Is My House,” “We Are So Fragile,” “I Die You Die,” “Complex,” “I Dream Of Wires,” “My Shadow In Vain,” “Tracks,” and “Cry The Clock Said.”

Amazing talent. I will always prefer Gary’s older material, but the new stuff is still good; just not as good.

“Noise Noise” by Gary Numan via YouTube user patrickingham21:

“My Shadow In Vain” by Gary Numan via YouTube user dashproductions:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Six

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CAZ’KIK’ASS ~ UK

I met Caz a while ago through mutual friends on YouTube and MySpace where there is a large network of Numanoids. I have really had the pleasure of getting to know her better since we met up again on FaceBook.

Caz epitomizes what it means to be a loyal Numanoid. From her, I have learned that it’s OK to not be in love with everything that Numan does. What does matter is respect for the human being behind the stage personna, along with undying loyalty.

When asked how long she’s been a fan, I was not surprised to learn Caz has been Numanoid for over 31 years.

Caz answers the question, “What drew you to Gary Numan?” with, “Seeing him perform Are ‘Friends’ Electric? on the Old Grey Whistle Test programme.”

One word suffices when asked, “What does Numan’s music mean to you?” Caz responds automatically and plainly, “Everything. It’s there for me in good times and bad.”

Me: Can you name a favorite album?
Caz: OMG!! I can’t answer that!

Me: What about favorite songs—what would they be?
Caz: “Blue Eyes,” “Every Day I Die”…need I go on?

Me: Tell me about your most exciting Gary Numan moment.
Caz: Meeting him at the Last Great Warbirds Airshow.

Caz cites her photography as a way to express her love for Gary Numan. I have also seen pictures where Caz dresses up in full make-up and clothing resembling Numan’s Dance album cover in order to host live a show featuring Zara Band who play Numan’s music. In fact, here’s a video of her in action:

When asked if she has any other thoughts to share, Caz says wistfully, “May the God live forever, and I’d like to meet him once again.”

Amen to that!

“Blue Eyes” by Gary Numan/Tubeway Army via YouTube user garycee:
 

“Every Day I Die” by Gary Numan/Tubeway Army via YouTube user PatrickIngham21:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part Five

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Karren Bailey – UK

I am very fortunate to know Karren on FaceBook. She has graciously agreed to share her history as a Numanoid. I am sure a lot of what Karren recalls will stimulate fond memories for many other fans. Enjoy the walk down memory lane!

Karren has this to say about her secret life as a Numanoid:

I have been a fan of Gary Numan since the very first time he appeared on “Top of The Pops” in 1979. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing or hearing. It was so different to anything I’d seen before. I was drawn to the way he was dressed, the expressions, the make-up, and the song was amazing, too—one of those unrepeatable moments in your life. Next day, the kids at school were talking about it, too. I reckon he’d surprised many a family in their front rooms that evening!

Numan’s music means everything to me. There is a Numan song for every mood, and I can’t imagine how it would have been without it!My fave Numan album changes ALL the time, from the early, right up to recent. In the early days, not having pocket money, I used to have to wait for my birthdays when my big brother used to buy them for me (always teasing that he went to another town to buy them incase he was recognised).

 The Pleasure Principle and Telekon will always be special favourites, but I love Dance, Sacrifice and Pure, too.

It would be far easier to tell you the few Numan songs that I’m not keen on (“Bridge, What Bridge?”) GASP! than my favourites, but I do have a few that I go back to more often than others. Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” will always be a BIG fave as I knew it would be that first time I heard it 31 years ago. I love all the versions he’s done of it since. “Aircrash Bureau” from the Telekon album always blows me away. It’s a modern day work of art. I especially love “The Seed of a Lie,” “Crash,” “My Breathing,” “Noise Noise,” “Here Am I,” “An Alien Cure,” “A Prayer for the Unborn,” “Voix,” “On Broadway,” “Magic,” and am currently smitten with “When the Sky Bleeds.”

An exciting Numan moment has to be when my big sister took me to see him live for the first time on the Warriors tour in 1983. The local radio station dropped him back at Victoria Halls in Hanley, after an interview, and the doors were locked, leaving him standing next to me on the step. I just stood there frozen. He didn’t look too impressed, himself. I’ve never met up with/talked to Gary Numan and I don’t wait outside gigs to do this, as I’m scared it will spoil it. I keep him special.

I express my love for Gary Numan (much to my children’s distress) by dropping him into conversations as much as possible, wearing Gary Numan clothing and my “Gary Numan is God” badge. It’s amazing how many people have good and bad Numan memories to share. Even a driver delivering to my house shared that he was at the Wembley concert when he heard the music I was playing when I opened the door.

I can’t believe how many Numan friends I have found on Facebook, after being the “Only Numanoid in the Village” for years. I love hearing all their stories about naming their children after him and stuff, and how Gary Numan has been the soundtrack to their life too, despite much of the teasing that has always gone along with it.

The Seed of a Lie” by Gary Numan via YouTube user defectedmodel:

A Prayer for the Unborn” by Gary Numan via YouTube user leeleec79:

The Secret Life Of Numanoids ~ Part Four

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The Secret Life of Numanoids series was on hold for several months while I took the time to get a handle on some personal issues. Now that things are somewhat back under control, I’m excited to resume an inside look at what makes Gary Numan fans tick. If you would like to be a part of this ongoing series, or know someone who would, please leave a comment here or message me on FaceBook: Sandy Numanfan Missparker.

Coincidentally, both of today’s highlighted Numanoids are from Scotland. Enjoy reading what fuels their lifelong love for Gary Numan.

Robert McNab – Scotland

Robert launches into his story by telling me that he has been a fan since the very beginning of Gary Numan’s career.

“I saw Gary on Top of the Pops singing ‘Cars’ and I had not heard anything like it. It was well ahead of its time.”

Like so many fellow Numanoids, Robert finds meaning in Numan’s music. “His music is very powerful. Things that have happened in my life I can relate to in Gary’s music.”

Robert had a much easier time nailing down one favorite album versus one favorite song. “My favorite album is The Pleasure Principle. My favorite song…..oh there are many! My personal fave would have to be ‘Cars,’ a simple but brilliant song. When ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ came out, at the start I did not like it. It took some time to get used to it, then it grew on me, and it was my very first record single purchased.”

When asked to share his most exciting moment as a Gary Numan fan to date, Robert shares, “My most exciting moment had to be my very first concert at Aberdeen in 1983. During the Warriors tour up until then, I had been just an ordinary Numan fan. Then I seen this gig, and it was amazing! I was totally blown away, and then became a big Numan fan.”

In describing his love for Numan, Robert says, “I would have to say he has been a big part of my life. When he quit music in 1981, I was gutted and never really followed anyone else as much as I did with Numan.

“The thoughts I would like to share: Gary Numan is a pioneer in synth music. There have been bad times in his career where many other artists would have packed in, but Numan is a fighter and has a strong fan base behind him.”

Indeed, he has.

Photo credit: Ed Fielding Photography

Gary Numan – “We Are Glass” – via YouTube user JoshuaLovesGB:

Gary Numan – “Cars (enhanced audio)” – via YouTube user compelx:

 

 

Sandy Bain – Scotland

Sandy claims being a Numanoid for the past 32 years, the whole of Gary Numan’s career. When asked what initially drew him to Gary Numan’s music, Sandy replies, “Seeing him for the first time on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1979.”

That seems to be a common thread among Numanoids; the first time seeing the unusual yet endearing Gary Numan on TV was all it took to be a lifelong fan.

Sandy has no trouble expressing what Gary Numan’s music means to him. “His music is my life,” he states confidently.

Nailing down his favorite Gary Numan album and single posed no problems. For the album, Sandy says, “It would have to be Replicas which hooked me.” And song? “I have many favourites, but ‘Angel Wars’ would be mine.”

Sandy’s most exciting Gary Numan moment was meeting him for the first time in 2006. When I asked what his favorite way to express his love for Gary Numan is, he states firmly, “He is God.”

In closing, Sandy has this to say, “I have loved Gary for years, and his music has got me through many ups and downs in my life.”

That’s something that many of us can relate to.

Gary Numan – “Angel Wars” – via YouTube user webbfoxx:


Gary Numan – “Complex” – via YouTube user DrMorbeus:

The Secret Life Of Numanoids ~ Part Three

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Paul Chandler ~ UK

Paul Chandler was kind enough to agree to be interviewed about what it’s like to be a Numanoid. A fan since 1978, he is one of the core, long-time group of fans that have followed Gary Numan since the very beginning of his career.

When asked, “What drew you to Gary Numan?” Paul had this to say:

“The early electronic sound and Gary’s vocal and image style is what drew me to Gary Numan. I was into music from an early age and was quite happy listening to bands like Slade and other glam rock artists. I did get bored quickly with the pop moulding that seemed to always happen; nothing different was going on, and I needed something that was not mainstream. Punk hit me straight away as it was a great escape from the humdrum. When I first bought (Tubeway Army’s) “That’s Too Bad,” I didn’t think that this was just another punk record. The music may have been of the same trend, but it was Numan’s vocals that drew me, and I felt that this was not quite right for a ‘punk’ record. “Bombers” confirmed that Tubeway Army were not typical punk at all, and something else was waiting to be unleashed! Replicas and The Pleasure Principle were the type of music that I had been waiting for! Ever since, I have filled my life with so much music and all because of Gary Numan and his style and uniqueness.”

Paul continues with an explanation of what Numan’s music means to him. “His music means everything to me. After hearing “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” it blew my mind! His music from the early days still means as much to me now as it ever did. It was like having someone be there for you at a difficult time and they came through for you; a friend who is always there for you.”

“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” via YouTube user scruffyonion:

Asked to provide the name of his favorite Gary Numan LP, Paul candidly responds, “Can I have 3? The Pleasure Principle, Replicas, and Telekon.”

Fortunately for Paul, there is not a limit in this series for how many favorite songs a Numanoid might list. He cites the following as his favorites:

“Here goes… Listen to the Sirens/Steel and You/Something’s in the House/Me! I Disconnect from You/Are ‘Friends’ Electric?/Praying to the Aliens/You Are in My Vision/We Are So Fragile/Airlane/Metal/Films/M.E/Conversation/Cars/On Broadway (Live)/This Wreckage/The Aircrash Bureau/Telekon/Remind Me to Smile/We Are Glass/I’m an Agent/I Dream of Wires/I Die: You Die/Slowcar to China/She’s Got Claws/Crash/I Sing Rain/Love Needs No Disguise/Music for Chameleons/This Is My House/We Take Mystery (To Bed)/Noise Noise/Warriors/The Iceman Comes/This Prison Moon/My Centurion/Sister Surprise/My Car Slides/Berserker/Cold Warning/Pleasure Skin/Creatures/Tricks/God Only Knows/Anthem/No Shelter/My Breathing/Unknown And Hostile/This is Emotion/Hunger/Voix/Respect/I Don’t Believe/Soul Protection/Confession/The Skin Game/A Question of Faith/Scar/Love and Napalm/Dominion Day/Prophecy/Dark/An Alien Cure/Pure/Walking With Shadows/Rip/My Jesus/Listen to My Voice/ I Can’t Breathe/Hybrid/Halo/Slave/In a Dark Place/Haunted/Before You Hate It.”

Paul recalls his most exciting Gary Numan moment as, “The first time I heard “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and waiting for new albums!”

As for his favorite way to express his love for Gary Numan, Paul states, quite simply, “Loyalty.”

Paul continues, “When you follow an artist who has changed your life and given you an opening to absorb various other music, you do feel the highs and lows of their career. You want them to rule the world of music and to climb back into the limelight,when all goes dark and comes to perhaps a point of no return. When times were bleak for Gary Numan, regarding record sales etc., I always knew he would find his way again! With each record that was released, I kept hoping that this would be the one!

“Some may not approve of his vocal and music style, but there is much more to Gary Numan than meets the eye. You can hear on tracks such as “Crash” and “This Wreckage” that his vocals can be stretched. Often, because of his distinctive vocals, Numan is dismissed for having a high vocal range. I think that this is far from the truth! These vocal tones are what make him unique, and the great artist that he is and always will be!

“’Nuff said.”

The Secret Life Of Numanoids ~ Part Two

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Mark Ryan

Part of a unique and vital core of longtime fans, Mark has been a Numanoid since Numan started performing – late 1978, to be exact.

When asked what drew him to Gary Numan in the first place, Mark replies, “He was just totally different to anything I had heard or have heard since.” He continues, “I have listened to him through various stages of my life, good and bad, high and low; every song that he has written, I can relate to.”

A difficult task for any Numanoid is to pin down what their favorite album is. This is what Mark had to say about when asked: “Far too many, but The Pleasure Principle (as it was different and unique), Dance (which is totally underrated and the songwriting is just great on here), and Pure (just far too good to describe in simple words).”

When asked for his favorite Numan songs, Mark explains, “I’ve recently been asked to pick my top 25 favourite Numan songs, but how can you start? However, I do love “Stories” (which I first heard on Numan’s 1980 tour), “Films” (which is like drum and bass before it got popular), and “Please Push No More,” a great song done live at Wembley in 1981 – it was awesome and emotional.”

In describing what excites him most about Numan, Mark declares, “When I hear that a new artist is influenced by Gary, his legacy lives on.” Mark goes on to say that he expresses his love for Gary Numan by “playing his music, and talking and discussing Gary’s music and what it has meant to myself.”

In closing, Mark is happy to report, “Recently, I played Jagged for a couple of work people who are into rock. They now tell me that they are Numan fans.”

Anything else you’d like to add? “NUMMMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!”

“Stories” via YouTube user GaryNumanAlbums:

The Secret Life of Numanoids ~ Part One

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In case you’ve been under a rock for the past thirty years, or simply have never come across the term, Numanoids are Gary Numan fans. A rare and close-knit group, they are loyal, honest, caring, and kind, brought together from all over the world to support and honor a musician who has accomplished much during his more than 30 years in the business.

As a relatively new Gary Numan fan, I have been extremely fortunate to be embraced by his hard-core circle of fans, making contact through the blogosphere, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, and other online sources. Most Numanoids have been with him since the very beginning, the Tubeway Army days. Others, like me, have made the connection with Numan because of his dark wave/Gothic/industrial genre of music that he began to embrace in the early 90’s, connecting fully with the release of 1994’s Sacrifice album.

Rob Stuart (Canada)

Rob Stuart shares that he has been a Numanoid since 1978 (age 13). Musically, he had never heard anything like Gary Numan before. He says, “I remember hearing ‘Are “Friends” Electric?’ for the first time on my little AM radio during the top 20 count-down in England on a Sunday afternoon and being totally transfixed by the voice, the music! I knew I had to save my pennies and immediately buy the album. Once I saw the cover art I was completely hooked. Who was this alien, androgynous looking man?”

When asked what Gary Numan’s music means to him, Rob recalls, “It meant so much to me at that age that I started a band as soon as I immigrated to Canada (age 14). We called ourselves ‘The Plastic Omniums’ and played our first gig at a high school battle of the bands contest. All the other bands played Zeppelin and Rush covers while we got up there with our synths, a reel to reel tape deck, and a drum machine and played three songs: Opening with ‘Airlane’ from The Pleasure Principle album, then a cover of ‘Are “Friends” Electric?’ and closing with an original number called ‘Red Shift Expanse.’ I distinctly remember two-thirds of the kids in the audience booing while the others cheered. The cool kids got it! I still have a recording of that show.”

Rob cites Replicas as his favorite Gary Numan album, with the first self titled album Tubeway Army not far behind. He feels that Replicas is a modern-day masterpiece from start to finish. As for his favorite songs, the list is pretty extensive: “My Brother’s Time,” “The Machman,” “M.E.,” “Pure,” “You Are In My Vision,” “A Question Of Faith,” “The Iceman Comes,” “Fadeout 1930,” “Every Day I Die,” “Are ‘Friend’s’ Electric?,” “A Subway Called ‘You,’” “The Aircrash Bureau,” “Bombers,” “My Shadow In Vain,” “Crazier,” and many more.

Rob’s most exciting Gary Numan moment was very recently when he met Numan in Toronto in October 2010. He tells us, “We had a fairly lengthy discussion about doing a remix contest of his music. He told me he didn’t see the point in it. I told him that many of his fans are musicians and would love a chance to remix his work, and that it was a great way to promote his music, especially on social networks. Lo and behold, a couple of months later, he has the ‘Back to the Phuture’ remix contest for ‘Scanners.’ I was happy that he took my suggestion. You can hear my remix here: http://soundcloud.com/rob-stuart

Rob continues, “I was also very proud to be on the same CD as Gary Numan once in Future Music Magazine Issue 101, Aug 2000. GN was on the cover being interviewed about the release of “Pure” and (my group) SLAVE to the SQUAREwave had the song ‘Heavy Bones’ featured on the free CD that came with the magazine.”

Asked what his favorite way to express his love for Gary Numan is, Rob states, “Doing cover versions of his music either live or recorded. Here is a cover I did of ‘Films’ back in 1995.”

Electronic Dream Factory – “Films”
via YouTube user Akito01:

He also shares, “Like all of my musical heroes (Bowie, Eno, Kraftwerk, Underworld, Tangerine Dream), Numan is an innovator, an original. And like all super-talented artists he is humble and down to earth. He’s not afraid to try something new and hang them out there. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but when it does, it’s life-changing and timeless.”

Meemz (Belgium)

Meemz has been a fan of Gary Numan’s for as long as he has been active in the music scene – since 1979. What initially attracted her to him, as she recalls, was Numan’s voice, music, and appearance, being “different.” And, as for his music, Meemz states, “His music touches my heart and soul any time, good or bad.”

Meemz lists the following albums as her favorites: Jagged, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon, Replicas, Sacrifice, Exile, and Pure. Her favorite songs include, “Jagged,” “Haunted,” “Rip,” “Metal,” “Seed of a Lie,” “Crazier,” “Crawl,” and, in her own words, “so many others.”

The most exciting Gary Numan moment for Meemz was the first time she met him at a concert in Bristol in 2009. An accomplished artist, she not only had the thrill of meeting Gary Numan up close and personal, she also presented him with a portrait that she had painted.

In addition to painting numerous portraits featuring Gary Numan, Meemz also does some very clever photo edits. Along with these creative endeavors, Meemz professes the best way to show her love for Gary Numan is “being and staying a Numanoid for as long as I live and far beyond.”

Finally, Meemz states, “I like his old and new stuff, and hope he’ll be making music as long as he can. When I talk to people about Numan in my country (Belgium), I can’t explain what it really is, the feelings us Numanoids have about him. It’s not only his music and all, but just the person that he is. He’s really one of a kind and we love him for it.”

Vikki (UK)

Vikki has been a fan for 32 years, the entire duration of Gary Numan’s career. When she was only 10 years old, she first saw Numan on the British music show Top of the Pops. Her initial reaction was to fall in love with the song he was singing, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric,” all the while thinking, “Ewwwwwww, he’s weird!” Needless to say, that first impression eventually yielded to a more mature, long-term, and undying love.

When describing the impact of his music, Vikki says, “His music means a lot of things to me. Because I’ve been a fan for such a long time each album reminds me of a different time in my life. Pure is my divorce album!” She also lists Jagged as a favorite. When pressed to list her favorite Numan tracks, Vikki’s reaction is, “Too many to mention. But off the top of my head: ‘Sleep by Windows,’ ‘Haunted,’ ‘Jagged,’ ‘Observer,’ ‘The God Film,’ and ‘My Breathing.’”

Recalling her most exciting Numan moment, Vikki observes, “Has to be the first time I saw him live, October 1983. He was ill, so I didn’t get to meet him. I was gutted!”

Vikki expresses her love for Gary by shouting/writing NUMMMAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN! wherever and whenever possible. She adds, “Plus, wearing Gary Numan t-shirts – you cannot wear a Gary Numan t-shirt without someone making a comment or singing ‘Cars!’”

In closing, Vikki shares these anecdotes:

“I once lost my mum whilst out shopping. A record stall was playing “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and I just had to stop to listen to it. Of course my mother carried on walking and I lost her.”

“And, one thing I must add; Gary Numan fans are the nicest people you could ever meet. I took my friend to see him back in 2009 and she was gobsmacked at how nice people were. I’ve never been to a Numan gig where I haven’t got chatting to someone and shared some great moments. I once spent an evening with the band drinking before they went on stage. All my friends kept coming up to me saying ‘why are you sitting with the band?’ A roadie called Gary (who was miffed because he was called ‘Gray’ in the tour programme) fancied me so I got in with the crowd.

“I also came very close to sharing the tour bus with Gary Numan. His support band Hohokam invited us back to the hotel (nothing smutty!) but some security guy said we could walk as the hotel was only down the street. I still hate that man! Oh, and once my mum had a go at Beryl and his security guard which was very embarrassing!”

Kristin Harris (USA)

Kristin Harris, graphic and video designer, has been a full-blown Numanoid since late 2006.

When asked, “What drew you to Gary Numan?” her reply: “His newer music captured me first. I’ve never heard anyone like him. I was drawn to his beautiful voice and loved how atmospheric his music was. I eventually ventured on to YouTube and once I saw him in action, I was completely hooked. His looks don’t hurt either.”

Kristin goes on to explain that Gary Numan’s music is her escape and it has inspired her in her creative work. It’s difficult to pick just one of Numan’s albums when citing a favorite. When pinned down, Kristin chooses Jagged (closely followed by Pure, Exile, and Hybrid). Her favorite singles are “Haunted,” “The Fall,” “Crazier,” “Jagged,” “Pure,” “Replicas,” “Films,” and the song “Slide Away” from Ade Fenton’s album, as well.

Kristin recalls her most exciting Gary Numan moment: “Meeting him for the very first time in July 2007. He is so lovely and down to earth. Also, getting to work for him on the t-shirts. That was a huge honor.” She finds that the best way for her to express her love for Gary Numan is through her music videos and graphics. She also promotes his music using her favorite films and TV shows.

View Kristin’s videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/knightvision1228

View her graphic designs here: http://www.kristinharrisproductions.com/musiciangraphics.htm

Paula Raven (Fallen Angel) (UK):

Paula is another lifelong Numanoid who has been a fan since 1979-80. His “distinctive style and amazing electro sounds” are what first drew Paula to Numan and his music. She goes on to say, “I had never heard anything like it before. He wasn’t like other bands of that time; he stood out from everyone else. I was looking for someone to blow me away with a unique style and sound, and found just that in Gary Numan. I remember thinking, ‘this man has come along in the music world, years before his time.’”

Paula continues, “Gary once said, ‘I am just an arranger of noises.’ I say to that, ‘Yes, Gary, you show us just how music is meant to sound.’ The machines rocked in 1979, and continue to do so to this very day.”

When asked what Gary Numan’s music means to her, Paula is very direct in her response: “His music is everything that makes my world tick. He has an album for every mood I’m in, and his music makes me smile, laugh, and cry. You can’t help but connect with his music and lyrics in some form or another.”

Paula pushed back a bit when asked about her favorite album. Stating that it was impossible to narrow the choice down to just one, she settles on her favorite top three: first, Telekon, “a masterpiece in its own right,” Exile, and Pure. She also settled on her top three singles: “The Fall,” “Every Day I Die,” and “My Shadow In Vain.”

Paula shares that her most exciting Gary Numan moment was meeting him in 2009, at Bristol, after waiting over 20 years for just that moment. She had met him back in the 80’s at one of his airshows, but that was only a very brief “Hello Gary” moment. “In Bristol I had a whole 10 minutes with him. I was so excited, we waited for over an hour for him to appear. He was so kind and sweet, and I asked him if he would sign my photo of him. It was an old photo of Gary when he was very young; a fan club photo. I said, ‘You look so young in that photo, Gary.’ He laughed and said, ‘I know (with a grin on his face). My wife keeps finding old photos of me, just to remind me of how old I’m getting.’ And we both laughed. He then put his arm round me so I could have a photo taken with him. It was an amazing moment in my life, and one I won’t forget.

Paula has chosen to put together her own Gary Numan website, “Pure Numan,” (http://www.pure-numan.com/) in order to pay him homage. It is her way of showing the love and respect that she has for the man who not only changed the music world, but has given his fans the best music and live stage shows possible.

Paula shares, “I have been a big fan since the very beginning, and feel like I’m growing old with him. But to put it in a nutshell, I couldn’t think of anything better than being a true fan. I’ve met along the way some fantastic people, and I wouldn’t change any of it for all the money in the world.”

Richard Cubbon (Canada)

Richard is another lifelong Numanoid, following Gary Numan since around 1978-79. Of that time, he recalls, “I was just getting into Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre and heard “Bombers” from a friend of mine. I loved the use of the early synths in a way that no other bands were using them, like on the first Tubeway Army album. I was playing bass at the time and loved the hollow sound of the Moogs and that sort of swayed my intrumental choice towards synths. I got my first synth around the time that Replicas came out over here, and that led me towards more synths and learning how to produce the hollow sounds with that thick Nuclear Reactor sound.

Explaining what Gary Numan meant to him, Richard says, “Gary Numan’s music and the lyrics always meant something special to me. I never fit in with any group growing up, and the songs took on a special meaning to me.”

Asked which album is his favorite, Richard explains that it’s a tie between The Pleasure Principle and Telekon. The same goes for naming a favorite single: Richard finds that it’s a tie once again, this time between “Sleep by Windows” and “Airlane.” But when it comes to his most exciting Gary Numan moment, the answer is direct and without hesitation. It was seeing the Telekon tour back in 1982.

Richard adds, “I always tell everyone who likes any type of music that involves synths, electronics or processors, there are three bands that had the most impact on music we listen to today: Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, and Jean Michel Jarre. To me, it’s in that order of importance, too.”

Richard expresses his love of Gary Numan by writing and playing music that is heavily Numan-influenced, and insists will always remain inside of him.

JaggedHaloUK (UK)

JaggedHaloUK has been a Numanoid since 1986. What started this decades-spanning love was a friend playing “I Can’t Stop.” JH UK was instantly hooked on the sound and image that the song and Numan portrayed.

When asked what Numan’s music means to him, JaggedHaloUK replies, “Everything, It’s very inspirational.” He cites these albums as his favorites: Telekon and Jagged, especially the track “In a Dark Place” from the latter.

As with many Numanoids, it’s very difficult for JaggedHaloUK to narrow down a list of favorite songs to one. He provides the following list, instead: “When the Sky Bleeds,” “Jagged,” “Haunted,” “I Dream of Wires,” and insists that “there’s so many more I could list.”

By far, JaggedHaloUK’s favorite moment as a Numanoid was meeting and chatting to Gary after a gig. He was also invited into one of the after-show parties at the hotel where Gary was staying during a tour, and also had a photoshoot with Gary’s official photographer, Ed Fielding.

When asked how he expresses his love for Gary Numan, JaggedHaloUK responds, “Recording my own cover versions of his songs and going to his shows. Also, searching for Numan clothing to wear at gigs.”

In addition, JaggedHaloUK states, “Being a Numanoid is a way of life almost; it changes the way you see things and how you react to the world. If it wasn’t for Gary Numan, I would never have gotten into music and that in itself has led to many happy memories of playing in bands and doing live gigs. I gained live music experience with a band I played synths in called the “hottest state” and have since worked with the fantastic Replicas, a Gary Numan tribute band, and I’m also busy in my studio recording more cover tracks for them. I’m also involved in the running of a Gary Numan fan site called “Pure Numan” (http://www.pure-numan.com) and I’ve been doing some music for the site.”

As if that wasn’t enough, JaggedHaloUK also has his own Gary Numan tribute website: http://www.jaggedhalo-uk.com. The pictures of him on his website were all taken by Ed Fielding, official photographer to Gary Numan.

Karl Lyndon Donald (Ireland)

Karl is a die-hard Numan fan, and man of few words, that I met on YouTube several years ago. He left some comments on several Gary Numan fan-video montages that I had done (and have since removed when Eagle records got on their legal high horse). Karl and I have kept in touch through FaceBook, and he has introduced me to countless other Numanoids. I am very grateful for that.

Karl reports that he has been a Numanoid since the beginning, around 1979. His first recollection was seeing Gary Numan on Top of the Pops and thinking he was really unique.

When asked what Gary Numan’s music means to him, Karl replies, “His music helped me through painful teenage years.” He cites The Pleasure Principle as his favorite Gary Numan album.

Karl’s favorite single is “Remind Me To Smile.” His most exciting Gary Numan moment was, in his own words, “Speaking to him for over an hour at Derry Airshow.” Karl’s favorite way to express his love for Gary Numan was to copy his hair color and style at the time.

I also happen to know that Karl has another very special way of expressing his feelings for Gary Numan. He has a huge tattoo on his back that is the well-known Numan facial graphic from The Tubeway Army LP. Any description of Karl as a loyal Numanoid would not be complete without a picture of this amazing tattoo.

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-17-2014

August 17, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list, thanks to late night assistance from JerusalemSlim:

69 Eyes – Feel Berlin
Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Eyes
British Sea Power – Waving Flags
Broken Bells – Control
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
Carole Pope with Sara T. Russell – Some Velvet Morning
Colin James – Into The Mystic
Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
David Bowie – Sunday
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Depeche Mode – Route 66
Dr. John & The Band – Such A Night
Dwight Twilley Band – Sleeping
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People
Eric Clapton – Stormy Monday (Live At Hammersmith Odeon 1977)
Fashion – Move On
Fixx – Secret Separation
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – War
Gerry Cott – Alphabet Town
Grapes Of Wrath – Good To See You
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Jam – The Eton Rifles
Japan – Quiet Life
Jerry Lee Lewis – Twilight
Julian Cope – Sunspots
Kasabian – Butcher Blues
Keef Hartley Band – Born To Die
Kinks – Misfits
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Long John Baldry – A Thrill’s A Thrill
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
Marcus Kihn – Goodbye
Motels – Danger
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
New Pornographers – Use It
Patti Smith Group – Dancing Barefoot
Pink Floyd – Welcome To The Machine
Powder Blues – What Have I Been Drinking?
Pukka Orchestra – Listen To The Radio
Raine Maida – Montreal
Reuben and the Dark – Rolling Stone
Rock & Hyde – Dirty Water
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Little Wing
Stranglers – Peaches
Style Council – Long Hot Summer
Taj Mahal – Take A Giant Step
Tee Set – Early In The Morning
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line
Velvet Underground – Rock ‘N’ Roll
Xprime – My Fair Lady
Zeus – Cool Blue (And The Things You Do)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-16-2014

August 16, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list…post-10PM tunes nicked (with much appreciation) from Dan Hurley’s FB page:

Arcade Fire – We Exist
Beautiful Nothing – Come Color Me
Carole Pope – Vagina Wolf
Cliks – Red & Blue
Comsat Angels – You Move Me
Concrete Blonde – Joey
Dalbello – Animal
Darkroom – San Paku
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
Earons – Land Of Hunger
Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Echosmith – Cool Kids
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Hidden Cameras – Gay Goth Scene
Icehouse – No Promises
Lotus Eaters – First Picture Of You
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Marrilion – Angelina
Matchstick Afro – Fink Fank Fonk
Moev – Head Down
Pete Shelley – Homosapien
Peter Murphy – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
Peter Schilling – Major Tom (Coming Home)
Pink Project – Disco Project
Project Pitchfork – I Live Your Dream (Gary Numan Remix)
Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
Psychedelic Furs – Heartbeat
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Hand On Heart
Replacements – Alex Chilton
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Rockets – On The Road Again
Roger Waters – Radio Waves
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Poor Man’s Fight
Stranglers – Skin Deep
Teenage Head – Let’s Shake
Tin Star Orphans – Dead Man’s Suit
Tokyo Police Club – Beaches
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Trust – Sulk
Ultravox – Brilliant
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-10-2014

August 10, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list thanks to post-10PM assistance from JerusalemSlim:

Barney Bentall – The Outskirts Of Buffalo
Big Supreme – Don’t Walk
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – I’d Have To Be A Stone
Bobby “Blue” Bland – Stormy Monday Blues
Boys Brigade – Into The Flow
Clash – Lost In The Supermarket
Comsat Angels – I’m Falling
Cure – A Forest
Danny Marks – Back To The Blues
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Diodes – Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Elephant Stone – Looking Thru Baby Blue
Fabulous Poodles – Mirror Star
Fine Young Cannibals – Suspicious Minds (Suspicious Mix)
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Frank Zappa – Watermelon In Easter Hay
Freedom Or Death – Inside
General Public – Tenderness
Genesis – Watcher Of The Skies
Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack – Stylo
Grace Jones – Feel Up
Gracious – Heaven (a.k.a. Do You Have A Clean Mind?)
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Hidden Cameras – Ordinary Over You
Housemartins – The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Wake Up & Make Love With Me
Images In Vogue – Rescue Me
Jeff Wayne feat. Richard Burton – Horsall Common and the Heat Ray
Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It Right)
Jonathan King – Everyone’s Gone To The Moon
Laidback – Sunshine Reggae
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Marcus Kihn – Air
M+M – Black Stations / White Stations
Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out
Peter Murphy – All Night Long
Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like
Pink Floyd – Brain Damage
Pink Floyd – Eclipse
Pink Floyd – Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Pink Floyd – Us And Them
Placebo – Running Up That Hill
Propellerheads – Velvet Pants
Pukka Orchestra – A Wonderful Time To Be Young
Rocky Horror Picture Show – There’s A Light Over At The Frankenstein Place
Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Casino
Strange Advance – Worlds Away
Stranglers – You’ll Always Reap What You Sow
Tal Bachman – Darker Side Of Blue
Waterboys – Independence Day

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-9-2014

August 9, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list thanks to The Barron who covered the entire show for me:

69 Eyes – Betty Blue
Alabama 3 – Hotel California
Arcade Fire – We Exist
Art Of Noise feat. Max Headroom – Paranoimia
Beautiful Nothing – Never Found What You’re Looking For
Blanket Barricade – We Fit Together
Book Of Love – Boy (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix)
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (12” Version)
Carole Pope – Francis Bacon
China Crisis – Wishful Thinking
Colin Blunstone/Dave Stewart – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Conjure One – Sleep
Cure – Lullabye
Cut Copy – Need You Now
Eric Charles – So Into You
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Gang Of Four – Is It Love
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
Hidden Cameras – Gay Goth Scene
Howard Jones/Nik Kershaw – Like To Get To Know You Well/What Is Love/Wouldn’t It Be Good/The Riddle/I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me/New Song/Wide Boy/Pearl In The Shell
Icehouse – Great Southern Land
It’s Immaterial – Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune)
Japan – Suburban Love
Kissing The Pink – One Step
KLF – All Bound For Moo Moo Land (Justified & Ancient)
Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
MC 900ft Jesus – While The City Sleeps
Nursery – Domino
Passion Puppets – Like Dust
Pete Shelley – The Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime)
Peter Godwin – Baby’s In The Mountains (Club Version – John Luongo Mix)
Psychedelic Furs – President Gas
Richard Strange & The Engine Room – Damascus
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robert Hazard – Escalator Of Life
Roger Waters – Watching TV
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
Scissor Sisters – Return To Oz
Slave to the SQUAREwave – Texan Thugs & Rock ’N’ Roll
TBA – Love Across The Nation
Tears For Fears – Shout (US Remix)
Tin Star Orphans – 1K Years
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Tom Robinson – 2 4 6 8 Motorway
Trust – Sulk
Ultravox – Brilliant
Ultravox – White China (Special Remix)
Violent Kin – Golden Age

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-3-2014

August 3, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list with much-appreciated post-10PM help from JerusalemSlim:

Arcade Fire – We Exist
B.B. Gabor – Nyet Nyet Soviet (Soviet Jewelry)
Carole Pope with Sara T. Russell – Some Velvet Morning
Champion – Resistance (Skool)
Conjure One feat. Sinead O’Connor – Tears From The Moon
David Bowie – Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)
Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop – Well, Did You Evah?
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Depeche Mode – Route 66
Diodes – Cat Walker
Eric Clapton feat. Mark Knopfler – Wonderful Tonight (Live)
Feargal Sharkey – Loving You
General Public – Tenderness
Gentlemen Husbands – Wandering Eye
Godley & Creme – Cry
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go (extended 12″ mix)
Hidden Cameras – Afterparty
Hidden Cameras – The International M.M.A. The Mild Mannered Army
Icehouse – Crazy
Intaferon – Get Out Of London
John Fred & His Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise
Kissing The Pink – One Step
KLF feat. Tammy Wynette – Justified & Ancient
Marcus Kihn – Goodbye
Marianne Faithfull – Blue Millionaire
Mick Jagger – Sweet Thing
Ministry – Work For Love
Moev – Alibis
Motels – Danger
My Morning Jacket – Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Part II
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir
Parachute Club – Rise Up (Extended Dance Version)
Peter Gabriel – Here Comes The Flood
Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure (Rah Mix)
Raine Maida – Rising Tide
Rockets – On The Road Again
Rough Trade – All Touch
Shriekback – Hand On My Heart
Skinny Puppy – Addiction (Opium Mix)
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Middle Finger
Snowy White – Burning Love
Sound Of Contact – Pale Blue Dot
Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Strawbs – Benedictus
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Tin Star Orphans – Dead Man’s Suit
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Trust – Sulk
Ultravox – Brilliant
Wallflowers feat. Mick Jones – Reboot The Mission
Yello – Rubberbandman

Marsbar Playlist ~ 8-2-2014

700th Post!

August 2, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list thanks to post-10PM assistance from TheBarron:

69 Eyes – Feel Berlin
B-Movie – Nowhere Girl (12” Remix)
Beautiful Nothing – Never Found What You’re Looking For
Bill Nelson – Contemplation
Box – L’Affaire Dumoutier
Brian Eno & John Cale – Spinning Away
Comsat Angels – Mr. Memory
Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire
Darkroom – A Test Of Time
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Diamond Rings – I’m Just Me
Evermore – It’s Too late
Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes (Hibakusha Mix)
Freddie Mercury – Living On My Own
Freedom Or Death – Inside
Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise V 10
Happy Mondays – Hallelujah
Hidden Cameras – Carpe Jugular
Hidden Cameras – Gay Goth Scene
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Johnny Warman – Screaming Jets
Men Without Hats – Pop Goes The World (remix)
Mighty Lemon Drops – Out Of Hand
Moody Blues – The Other Side Of Life
Muse – Uprising (King Cornelius mix)
Nursery – Domino
Peter Godwin – Baby’s In The Mountains
Peter Murphy – Our Secret Garden
Pink Floyd – Wot’s… Uh The Deal
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
Pukka Orchestra – Might As Well Be On Mars
Richard Wright – Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Scissor Sisters – Invisible Light
Silencers – Bulletproof Heart
Silencers – Sacred Child
Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
Sisters Of Mercy – Gimme Shelter
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Amazing Grace
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Seven Day Saturday Night
Sparklehorse – Saturday
Stranglers – Always The Sun
Tegan & Sara – Closer (Sultan & Ned Sheppard Remix)
Tokyo Police Club – Beaches
Transvision Vamp – Velveteen
Unheilig – An Deiner Seite
Visage – Love Glove

 

Marsbar Playlist ~ 7-27-2014

July 27, 2014

David Marsden on the Rock.FM every Saturday and Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight. Streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the new forum on Marsden Global. Miss a previous podcast? They are archived by Neil here: http://www.marsdentheatrearchives.com.

The complete list thanks to late-night assistance from JerusalemSlim

Beautiful Nothing – Never Found What You’re Looking For
Beggar’s Opera – MacArthur Park
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings – I’d Have To Be A Stone
Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
Carole Pope with Sara T. Russell – Some Velvet Morning
Colin Blunstone/Dave Stewart – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
Comsat Angels – Independence Day
David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Elliott Murphy – Rock Ballad
Elvis Costello – Alison
Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven (instrumental)
FM – Good Vibrations
Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
Genesis – The Musical Box
Gotye – State Of The Art
Grapes Of Wrath – Picnic
Howard Devoto – Rainy Season
Ian Gomm – Hold On
Icicle Works – Whisper To A Scream (Birds Fly) (Frantic Mix)
Iggy Pop – Play It Safe
J.J. Cale – Magnolia
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Jason Plumb & The Willing – What You Leave
Jeremy Fisher feat. Serena Ryder – Uh-Oh
Jerry Lee Lewis feat. Neil Young – You Don’t Have To Go
Jools Holland – When Did You Get Down From Heaven
Kinks – Catch Me Now I’m Falling
Lucas Silveira – I’m Your Man
Marcus Kihn – Goodbye
Moby feat. Patti Labelle – One Of These Mornings
Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
Peter Schilling – The Different Story (World of Lust & Crime)
Pink Floyd – Fearless
Prodigy (feat. Pop Will Eat Itself) – Their Law
Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
Raine Maida – Rising Tide
Reuben & The Dark – Rolling Stone
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down The Crazy River
Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast – Science Fiction Double Feature
Rupert Hine – The Set-Up
SIlversun Pickups – Growing Old Is Getting Old
Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Slave To The SQUAREwave – Casino
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
Spacehog – Anonymous
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King – Texas Flood/Stormy Monday (live)
Stranglers – Skin Deep
Taj Mahal – Take A Giant Step
The Paul & John – Can’t Be Too Careful
Thomas D’Arcy – I Can’t Wait
Tin Star Orphans – Dead Man’s Suit
Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio