Numan was the frontman, writer and producer for Tubeway Army, who scored a No.1 hit in the UK singles chart with the classic synth track Are Friends Electric?. Helped by exposure in an advert for Lee Cooper jeans, the single took seven weeks to reach No.1 at the end of June 1979, and the album from which it was lifted, Replicas, simultaneously achieved No.1 in the album charts.
Previously, the release of the band's self-titled debut album had been released in limited numbers only, but a re-release in mid 1979 (with new stencil cover art as shown on the T-shirt below) saw it climb the album charts to peak at No.14.
In the UK charts, the song reached Number 1 in 1979, and rose to Number 9 on the U.S. Billboard charts, in 1980. This debuted on the American Top 40 on March 29, 1980, and spent a total of 17 weeks in the AT40.
Cars has been a UK Top 20 hit for Numan in three successive decades. First the original release that I've already mentioned in 1979, then in 1987 as the 'E Reg Model' remix (reaching No.16), and again in 1996 following its use in an advertisement for Carling Premier beer, and reaching No.17.
We Are Glass was Gary Numan's third single release under his own name and it was another Top 10 hit. This
song wasn't originally added to the UK release of the second solo album, Telekon (1980) but was added to the
We Are Glass reached number 5 in the UK singles chart in 1980.
Gary Numan - 80s Synth God!
In my opinion, Gary Numan was the synthesizer king of the eighties. That awesome analogue sound on both "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric?" sent a shiver down my spine! His truly unique voice and robotic, de-humanised looks are what made him stand out from other eighties synth acts.
However, Numan was an extremely self-conscious person and was regularly on antidepressants. He stated in 2001 that he had "a mild form of Asperger's syndrome" which probably explains his difficulty with interacting with people.
1978 Tubeway Army
1979 Replicas (Tubeway Army)
1980 The Pleasure Principle
1982 I, Assassin
1985 The Fury
1986 Strange Charm
1988 Metal Rhythm (New Anger in the US)
1992 Machine + Soul
1994 Sacrifice (Dawn in the US)
2008 Replicas Redux
2009 The Pleasure Principle (20th Anniversary Edition)
2011 Dead Son Rising
2013 Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)
As with Dance, Numan continued being experimental and included jazz elements in his songs. However, many tracks also included an added funk element and overall the album featured more pronounced bass and percussion.
was the lead single and title track from Numan's seventh studio album and reached #20 in the UK. It was
the first of two tracks which were released as singles, with the secondbeing Sister Surprise which peaked at #32.
Here is Gary Numan performing Warriors on the kids TV programme Crackerjack! Remember how the show used to start? "It's Friday, it's five to five and it's Crackerjack!". Erm, I'm really not sure about that blonde hair, though, Gary!