Gary NumanAfter education at Slough Grammar School, Numan rose to prominence at the tail end of the 1970s, initially recording under the band name Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punk-influenced demo tapes (released in 1984 as The Plan), he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and quickly released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted. A self-titled, New Wave-oriented debut album later that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and, more importantly, synthesizers. Tubeway Army's third single, the cinematic "Down in the Park" (1979) also failed to chart but it would prove to be one of Numan's most enduring and oft-covered songs; a live version of it can also be seen in the movie Urgh! A Music War. After exposure in a television advertisement for Lee Cooper jeans with the jingle "Don't be a dummy", Tubeway Army released the single "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in May 1979. The single took seven weeks before it finally reached #1 at the end of June; the parent album Replicas simultaneously climbing to #1 in the album charts.
Gary Numanwas born as Gary Anthony James Webb on March 8, 1958, in Hammersmith, West London, England. Gary is an English singer, composer, and guitar player. He was given a guitar at the age of 15 and he played in various bands such as Main Street and The Lasers. He then formed his own band with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, and Paul Gardiner, and called it Tubeway Army.
Gary began his career in the late 1970's as a frontman, writer, and also a producer for his group. They recorded some punk style demo tapes and released them in 1984, calling them The Plan. In 1978, he signed on with Beggars Banquet Records and released two singles. They were Thatís Too Bad and Bombers, but neither one of them hit the charts. Later that same year he released his debut album which was self titled, Gary Numan, and the album sold out itís limited copies. The third single, Down In the Park, also failed to hit the charts. The group received television exposure in an advertisement for Lee jeans with, Donít Be A Dummy. In May, 1979, the group released the single, Are Friends Electric, and it reached number 1 on the charts after about 7 weeks. The song came from the album called, Replicas, and it reached number 1 on the album charts. A little while later, in 1980, Gary released the song, Cars, which was a Top 10 hit in America. He also released the album called, The Pleasure Principle, in 1979. The album was recorded with no guitars. Gary used synthesizers instead and fed the sound through guitar effects pedals to get a metallic tone. The album had a sound that no other had and it is well remembered today. The album had several singles from it which hit the charts. After that the band went on a sell out tour. From the tour came the concert video which is sometimes called the first full length commercial music video release.
The album charts were topped again, in 1980, when Gary released the album called, Telekon. Three singles from this album hit the charts. We Are Glass reached number 5, I Die You Die, reached number 6, and This Wreckage reached number 20 on the charts.
Gary was called the Godfather of electronic music and was respected by peers who were musicians such as Marilyn Manson, Dave Grohl, Nancy Boy band, and Trent Reznor. Gary released more hits in 2002 which reached the charts. In 2007 he announced that he had a full 15 date tour planned for 2008. Gary Numan and his band, Tubeway Army, released a total of 43 albums, 56 singles, had 6 guest appearances, and 11 music videos during their musical career and are still going.
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