Saturday, 7 August 2010


I used to be one, kind of.

I remember really loving listening to Numan LP's as a teenager. I had a surprisingly large collection of his stuff. When I took that awful decision to donate my vinyl to my dad as I "went CD", I remember raising an eyebrow when I counted how many Numan records there were. But it was cool, my dad liked Numan too, so they weren't wasted.

And I still like Numan now. I like his "new stuff" as much as I like the "old stuff". And it really does bring a smile to my face watching him on stage now ... he finally seems to be enjoying himself.

It's kind of strange, for all the dystopian angst and "80's-ness" in his early music and the big gap in his career, he seems to have turned out OK, a lot less precious and pretentious than many of his peers.

Good on you, Gary. Here's hoping for many more years of good music.


JJ said...

Just how fucking old are you Obo?

Mind you...I did learn Pitman's shorthand at school.

Furor Teutonicus said...

Any one born 60 or 65 can remember Numan from the very first DAY of his carreer in musin. He himself is only 2 year older than me. Him born in 58.

So he is 52 this year.

Hardly Methusala is it?

So what is your beef exactly?

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Numan, Paul Numan, Gary Numan.

Which is it? I guess it must be the latter, since I don't think the cardinal or Paul made any LPs.

Didn't think much of his music I am afraid.

"So what is your beef exactly?" touchy!

KrAzY3 said...

I really liked Fear Factory's cover of Cars (featuring Numan)...

sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

Paul Newman in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof...'

All smoldering eyes and unspoken tensions. Phew!

I'm going for a lie down.

Bob's Head Revisited said...

I was a member of his fan club. I was a Numanoid. Full on. How the girls laughed. I dyed my hair like Gary and even toyed with the idea of a jumpsuit.

Then I heard The Jam's 'When You're Young' while standing outside the chippy at lunchtime and that was it for Gary.

I still love 'Down In the Park' though.

P.S. Thanks for the links. You're the only reason I ever get any hits.