Gary Anthony James Webb, better known professionally as Gary Numan is an English singer, songwriter, and musician and record producer. Born in Hammersmith, London, he first entered the music industry as the lead singer of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979. Most widely known for his chart-topping hits “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and “Cars”, Numan achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but maintains a loyal cult following.
Numan, whose signature sound consists of heavy synthesizer hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music. In fact he is often credited with being the first of the new wave of pop bands to successfully break America in the early 80’s ahead of Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran.
In this interview, recorded at the end of 1983, Gary talks to music correspondent Mal Reding about his new album, Warriors, its jazz influences, touring and getting to grips being a rock star!
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