On this page you will find information about Numan's early years from 1978 to 1983, although the video playlist includes songs from after this time, too. I simply haven't yet found the time to write about anything released from 1984 onwards, but hope to include info in the near future.
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.
The first version of Cars was not strictly an 80s tune, as it was a 1979 release that was taken from the album The Pleasure Principle. The B side was a non-LP track that was added as a bonus track to the album when it was re-released on CD.
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.
Complex was Numan's second and last single from The Pleasure Principle and the follow-up to the chart-topping Cars. Although this track receives nowhere near the airplay of Cars, this was still a major hit, reaching #6 in the UK.
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.
I Die:You Die was an anthemic tune which was Numan's fourth single release (it released in many different colours), reaching #6 in the British singles chart. The B-side of the UK version features a piano version of Down In The Park, but in other countries included Sleep By Windows instead.
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!