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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
“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
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: