Gary Numan has been delighting audiences since the early 70's with his synth-pop style. He has been the lead man of several bands and has many chart topping hits. He's a singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He still has a loyal cult-like following. He has been claimed as being an inspiration for several rock bands, and his songs have been covered extensively. He still has a fiercely loyal following and is still working on music, producing and is revered even till today.
About Gary Numan
Born Gary Anthony James Webb on March 8, 1958, in Hammersmith, London. After attending technical school, joining the Air Training Corps and holding several manual labour jobs, he realised his true love was playing guitar and singing.
He played in several low-level bands before forming a band called Tubeway Army where he adopted the nickname “Valerian” based on the French science fiction hero of the same name.
After the band had released their first album, Gary changed his last name to “Numan”. He was rumoured to have found it while scanning the Yellow Pages.
Gary reached moderate success with his Tubeway Army bandmates, which included his uncle and friend from another band. The first single from the album “Down in the Park” was not a chart topper, but was later covered by Marilyn Manson and the Foo Fighters.
Their next single “Are Friends Electric?” finally reached No. 1 and the album “Replicas” also reached No. 1.
The smash hit “Cars” released in 1979 reached No. 1 in the UK and Canada and No. 9 in the U.S. He released two successful albums under his own name and had a sell-out tour called “The Touring Principle”. The full-length movie that was released about the tour became the first commercial music video release ever.
Gary had an eclectic style with white makeup and black eyes (to hide his acne), and his stage presence was known as being robotic and stiff. He had fans who called themselves “Numanoids”. He was very careful never to let his emotions show. His second single released from the album “The Pleasure Principle” made it to No. 6 in the UK.
Gary went on to release nine more albums in the 80's and five albums in the 90's, topping charts mostly in the UK. His prolific career spanning five decades has seen four albums released since 2000.