UMP represent Gary Numan for the albums 'Tubeway Army', 'Replicas' and 'The Pleasure Principle' plus selected tracks from 'Telekon' and 'Warriors'.
Gary Numan began his musical career as lead singer in post-punk band Tubeway Army, and it was in a frantic rehearsal session for the band that he stumbled upon his first synthesizer. He certainly wasn't the first musician to fall in love with the Moog's fat, burbling analogue sound but Numan was virtually alone in seeing the possibility of a 'synthesizer star' and he achieved success almost overnight with ‘Are 'Friends' Electric?’
Solo single 'Cars' and album ‘The Pleasure Principle’ both topped the UK charts in autumn 1979, and over the next two years, Numan scored more hits including Top 10 UK singles 'We Are Glass' and 'I Die: You Die', as well as a third successive No 1 album ‘Telekon’, which featured an increasingly opulent sound built out of synths, piano, strings and guitar.
His last albums for Beggars Banquet, ‘I, Assassin’ (1982) and ‘Warriors’ (1983) continued to move into fluid funk styles and he had more chart success with 'Music For Chameleons', 'We Take Mystery' and 'Warriors'.
The mid nineties saw a renewed interest in Gary Numan’s music , as numerous artists began citing him as a major influence, and he released a new album ‘Sacrifice’ - a return to the dark electronic chill of his early records. By 1997 Numan was enjoying a full-scale revival, releasing ‘Exile’ to some of the best reviews of his career. In the late 1990s ago Numan scored his biggest U.S. success since 1980 when he teamed up with the rock act Fear Factory for a new version of 'Cars' - the track broke into the Top 10 on American radio.
His influence on contemporary electronic music has been huge, and in 2012 he continues to make live appearances.
Photo credit: Ed Fielding