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Alternative & Indie - Released September 7, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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The Pleasure Principle was an important point of departure for Gary Numan, and a significant breakthrough moment in the context of his long and storied career. Released about six months after Replicas, it was an instant commercial success, quickly reaching the dizzy heights of number one in the UK Charts. On this record, his third solo effort (and first under his own name), Numan abandoned guitars completely, instead embracing a more synthetic style of production. The album heralded the purely electronic, distinctly robotic sound that this modern icon has become most famous for today. Numan employed a variety of Moog synthesizers to realise The Pleasure Principle, achieving his trademark sound largely by use of the distinctive ‘Vox Humana’ setting. Throw in a healthy dose of production trickery; including flanging, phasing, layers of reverb, and some solo violin, and you are the rest of the way there! Numan was influenced by the greatest pioneers of electronica - Kraftwerk’s epochal Autobahn ghosts the track ‘Cars’ (the very same synths were used!) – and, subsequently, he influenced a generation of new artists. Numan blazed a trail for Nine Inch Nails’s industrial rock, Afrika Bambaataa’s hip-hop explosion, and even early-2000s club bangers like Basement Jaxx’s immortal ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ A pleasure indeed.
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Rock - Released October 10, 2011 | Machine Music Ltd

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Electronic - Released May 21, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Electronic - Released December 13, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Electronic - Released September 15, 2017 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Long gone are the times when Gary Numan juggled with his Minimoog, Polymoog and other ARP Odyssey. Great guru of the synth pop at the end of the seventies and the start of the eighties, the expert in new wave keyboard orgies remains nonetheless a master of the all synth. As proof, this 21th studio recording of the Londoner, which is actually a concept album about the mix of Western and Eastern cultures in a post-apocalyptic world that has become a desert because of global warming. David Bowie’s influence (who has always followed him like a shadow) is of course there. But Numan remains a true director/sound producer able to set up a personal mood in only two measures. And this Savage is no exception to the rule. © CM/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 5, 1980 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 3, 1982 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 19, 2018 | Beggars Banquet

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Electronic - Released November 23, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Prominent synth pop/new Wave artist Gary Numan presents his latest live album, Savage: Live at Brixton Academy. Recorded during the first leg of his Savage tour, it contains plenty of Numan's classic tracks as well as several cuts from his latest album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World). © Liam Martin /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 14, 2013 | Mortal Records - Cooking Vinyl

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 25, 1997 | Beggars Banquet

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Rock - Released February 19, 2016 | Machine Music Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 5, 1980 | Beggars Banquet

Gary Numan's follow-up to the flawless The Pleasure Principle was 1980's Telekon. Although it was another mega-hit back home in England (his third consecutive number one album), Numan could not follow up his massive new wave hit "Cars" in the United States, where he was unjustly slapped with the one-hit-wonder tag. Telekon would also turn out to be the last true classic Numan album, as monetary problems and an unfocused attempt to try different musical forms (as well as a short-lived retirement) would steer him away from his original vision. Although Telekon was indeed a strong album, it could have been even stronger if it included the U.K. Top Ten singles "I Die: You Die" and "We Are Glass" (both were recorded during the Telekon sessions). Numan experimented with funk for the first time in his career ("Remind Me to Smile"), but there were still plenty of chilling synth excursions to keep the Numan faithful satisfied -- "This Wreckage," "The Aircrash Bureau," "I'm an Agent," and "I Dream of Wires" are all choice cuts. The 1998 Beggars Banquet re-release eventually did include both the U.K. singles, as well as several other rarities, including a bare "piano version" of "Down in the Park." [Note: In addition to bonus tracks, all of the Gary Numan/Beggars Banquet re-releases contain classic photographs and informative liner notes by Numan biographer Steve Malins.] © Greg Prato /TiVo

Electronic - Released November 9, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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The 21st studio long-player from the British electronic music legend, Savage (Songs from a Broken World) is the follow-up to 2013's acclaimed Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind), which saw Numan delivering his highest-charting album since 1983's Warriors. A willfully dark, narrative-driven concept album concerning the melding of Eastern and Western cultures in a post-apocalyptic world that's been decimated by the effects of climate change, Savage is awash in ambient horrorscapes, blast-furnace percussion, and electro-goth synth leads that suggest Depeche Mode by way of Nine Inch Nails. Numan made the shift from new wave robot bard to industrial soothsayer in the 2000s or so ago -- his adenoidal voice is as captivating as ever -- so longtime fans aren't expecting the next Tubeway Army or Pleasure Principle. That said, lurking beneath, between, and sometimes on top of each icy gale of factory-forged sonic dissonance are clarion melodies, and familiar ones at that. Numan's talent for crafting singular hooks -- they almost always resolve where you would least expect -- remains one of his most distinguishing features, and songs like "Ghost Nation," "And It All Began with You," "When the World Comes Apart," "Pray for the Pain You Serve," and "Bed of Thorns," the latter of which appeared on the Ghost in the Shell soundtrack, impress with both their sonic elasticity and deference to pop composition. That Numan can still juggle melodrama and musicality with such effortlessness is impressive, to say the least, but that he can make it so compelling is what sets him apart from his old guard new wave contemporaries. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Electronic - Released May 21, 2021 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

Following on from the 2017 LP Savage (Songs from a Broken World), Intruder is the 19th solo album from English musician Gary Numan. Working closely in tandem with Numan's most recent projects, Intruder's primary focus is to address environmental issues, described by the musician himself as exploring "climate change from the planet's point of view." Heralded by the release of its despondent title track, Numan's Intruder was launched in May 2021. © David Crone /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 7, 1979 | Beggars Banquet

The most popular of all the Gary Numan albums is undeniably 1979's The Pleasure Principle. The reasons are simple -- there is not a single weak moment on the disc, it contains his sole U.S. (number one worldwide) hit, "Cars," and new drummer Cedric Sharpley adds a whole new dimension with his powerful percussion work. The Pleasure Principle is also one of the first Gary Numan albums to feature true ensemble playing, especially heard within the airtight, killer groove of "Metal" (one of Numan's all-time best tracks). Starting things off with the atmospheric instrumental "Airlane," the quality of the songs gets stronger and stronger as the album progresses -- "Films," "M.E.," "Observer," "Conversation," the aforementioned "Cars," and the U.K. Top Ten hit "Complex" all show Numan in top form. If you had to own just one Gary Numan album, The Pleasure Principle would be it. © Greg Prato /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2009 | Beggars Banquet

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The most popular of all the Gary Numan albums is undeniably 1979's The Pleasure Principle. The reasons are simple -- there is not a single weak moment on the disc, it contains his sole U.S. (number one worldwide) hit, "Cars," and new drummer Cedric Sharpley adds a whole new dimension with his powerful percussion work. The Pleasure Principle is also one of the first Gary Numan albums to feature true ensemble playing, especially heard within the airtight, killer groove of "Metal" (one of Numan's all-time best tracks). Starting things off with the atmospheric instrumental "Airlane," the quality of the songs gets stronger and stronger as the album progresses -- "Films," "M.E.," "Observer," "Conversation," the aforementioned "Cars," and the U.K. Top Ten hit "Complex" all show Numan in top form. If you had to own just one Gary Numan album, The Pleasure Principle would be it. © Greg Prato /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 1983 | Beggars Banquet

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