Gary Anthony James Webb (born 8 March 1958), better known as Gary Numan, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer. He entered the music industry as the frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, he released his debut solo album The Pleasure Principle in 1979, topping the UK Albums Chart. While his commercial popularity peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s with hits including "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars" (both of which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart), Numan maintains a cult following. He has sold over 10 million records.
|Birth name||Gary Anthony James Webb|
|Born||8 March 1958|
Hammersmith, London, England
Numan faced intense hostility from critics and fellow musicians in his early career, but has since come to be regarded as a pioneer of electronic music. He developed a signature sound consisting of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, and is also known for his distinctive voice and androgynous "android" persona. In 2017, he received an Ivor Novello Award, the Inspiration Award, from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.
Numan was born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958 in Hammersmith, London. His father was a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. He was the only child until he was seven when his family adopted his father's nephew John, who would also become a musician and play in Numan's backing band. He was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Stanwell, Surrey; Ashford County Grammar School; and Slough Grammar School, followed by Brooklands Technical College in Weybridge, Surrey. He joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager and then briefly held various jobs including forklift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter, and accounts clerk.
When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul, which became his most treasured possession. He briefly played in various bands and looked through ads in Melody Maker for bands to join. He claims to have unsuccessfully auditioned as guitarist for the then-unknown band the Jam before joining Mean Street and the Lasers where he met Paul Gardiner. The latter band eventually morphed into Tubeway Army with his uncle Jess Lidyard on drums and Gardiner on bass and were signed to Beggars Banquet Records. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian", probably in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline. He later picked the surname "Numan" from an advert in the Yellow pages for a plumber whose surname was "Neumann".
1977–1979: Tubeway Army and The Pleasure Principle
Numan came to prominence in the 1970s as lead singer, songwriter, and record producer for Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punk-influenced demo tapes (released in 1984 as The Plan), they were signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and quickly released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted.
A self-titled, new wave-oriented debut album later that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and synthesisers. Though Tubeway Army's third single, the dark-themed and slow-paced "Down in the Park" (1979), never appeared on the charts, it became one of Numan's most enduring and oft-covered songs. It was featured with other contemporary hits on the soundtrack for the 1980 film Times Square, and a live version of the song can be seen in the 1982 film Urgh! A Music War. Following exposure in a television advertisement for Lee Cooper jeans with the jingle "Don't Be a Dummy", Tubeway Army released the single "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in May 1979. The single and its parent album both reached No. 1 in the UK charts at the end of June.
At this point Numan was already busy recording his next album with a new backing band. At the peak of success, Numan opted to premiere four new songs in a John Peel session in June 1979 rather than promoting the current album and the Tubeway Army group name was dropped.
In September "Cars" also reached No. 1 in the UK. The single also found success in North American charts, "Cars" spent 2 weeks at No. 1 on the Canadian RPM charts, and reached No. 9 in the U.S. in 1980. "Cars" and the 1979 album The Pleasure Principle were both released under Numan's own stage name. The album reached number-one in the UK, and a sell-out tour (The Touring Principle) followed; the concert video it spawned is often cited as the first full-length commercial music video release. The Pleasure Principle was a rock album with no guitars; instead, Numan used synthesisers fed through guitar effects pedals to achieve a distorted, phased, metallic tone. A second single from the album, "Complex", made it to No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.
1980–1983: Solo success and new musical directions
In 1980, Numan topped the album charts for a third time with Telekon, and the singles "We Are Glass" and "I Die: You Die," released prior to the album, reaching No. 5 and No. 6. "This Wreckage" taken from the album in December also entered the top 20. Telekon, the final studio album that Numan retrospectively termed the "Machine" section of his career, reintroduced guitars to Numan's music and featured a wider range of synthesisers. The same year he embarked on his second major tour ("The Teletour") with an even more elaborate stage show than the Touring Principle the previous year. He announced his retirement from touring with a series of sell-out concerts at Wembley Arena in April 1981, supported by experimental musician Nash the Slash and Shock, a rock/mime/burlesque troupe whose members included Barbie Wilde, Tik and Tok, and Carole Caplin. A live two album set from the 1979 and 1980 tours released at this time reached No. 2 in the UK charts. Both albums, also individually released as Living Ornaments '79 and Living Ornaments '80 also charted. The decision to retire would be short-lived.
Departing from the pure electropop that he had been associated with, Numan began experimenting with jazz, funk, and ethereal, rhythmic pop. His first album after his 1981 farewell concerts was Dance (1981). The album charted at No. 3 on the UK charts, with an eight-week chart run and produced one hit single ("She's Got Claws"), which reached No. 6. The album featured several distinguished guest players; Mick Karn (bass guitar; saxophone) and Rob Dean (guitar) of Japan, Roger Mason (keyboards) of Models, and Roger Taylor (drums) of Queen.
With his former backing band, Chris Payne (keyboards; viola), Russell Bell (guitar), and Ced Sharpley (drums) now reformed as Dramatis, Numan contributed vocals to the minor hit "Love Needs No Disguise" from the album For Future Reference and lent vocals to the first single released by his long-term bassist Paul Gardiner, "Stormtrooper in Drag", which also made the charts. However, Numan's career had begun to experience a gradual decline, and he was eclipsed commercially by former support act Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, as well as by the Human League, Duran Duran, and Depeche Mode. Each album also saw a new "image", none of which captured the public's imagination to nearly the same extent as the lonely android of 1979.
The album I, Assassin (1982) fared less well than Dance. Despite producing the top 10 hit "We Take Mystery (To Bed)" and two top 20 singles, the album peaked at No. 8 with a six-week chart run. The heavily percussive funk style however made several tracks from the album such as the 12" version of "Music for Chameleons" and a special remix of "White Boys and Heroes" unexpected successes in the american club scene and 18 months after Numan's "farewell concerts" in April 1981 he embarked on a US tour.
Warriors (1983) further developed Numan's jazz-influenced style and featured contributions from avant-garde musician Bill Nelson (who fell out with Numan during recording and chose to be uncredited as the album's co-producer), and saxophonist Dick Morrissey (who also performed on Strange Charm and Outland). The album peaked at No. 12, produced two hit singles including the top 20 title-track and, like I, Assassin, spent six weeks in the charts. Warriors was the last album Numan recorded for Beggars Banquet Records, and was supported by a 40-date UK tour (again with support from robotic mime and music duo Tik and Tok).
1984–1990: Record label foundation and collaborations
Numan subsequently issued a series of albums and singles on his own record label, Numa. The first album released on Numa, 1984's Berserker was also notable for being Numan's first foray into music computers/samplers, in this case, the PPG Wave. The album was accompanied by a new blue-and-white visual image (including Numan himself with blue hair), a tour, a live album/video/EP, and the title track reached the UK top 40 when released as a single. Despite this, the album divided critics and fans and commercially it was Numan's least successful release to that point.
A collaboration with Bill Sharpe of Shakatak as Sharpe & Numan in 1985 was more successful. In March the single "Change Your Mind" reached No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart.
Numan's next album, The Fury (1985), charted slightly higher than Berserker, breaking the top 30. Again, the album heralded a change of image, this time featuring Numan in a white suit and red bow tie. The four singles released from the album ("Your Fascination", "Call Out the Dogs", "Miracles" and "I Still Remember") all charted in the top 50 on the UK charts.
In 1986 Numan scored two top 30-hits on the UK Singles Chart with "This Is Love" in April and "I Can't Stop" in June, but the album Strange Charm released later that year only spent two weeks on the album chart, peaking at No. 59.
Further collaborations with Bill Sharpe spawned two more Sharpe & Numan chart hits with "New Thing from London Town" at No. 52 in 1986 and "No More Lies" at No. 35 in 1988. In 1987, Numan performed vocals for three singles by Radio Heart, a project of brothers Hugh and David Nicholson, formerly of Marmalade and Blue, which charted with varying success ("Radio Heart" No. 35 UK, "London Times" No. 48, "All Across the Nation" No. 81). An album was also released, credited to "Radio Heart featuring Gary Numan" although Numan only appeared on three tracks, but failed to chart. Also in 1987, Numan's old label Beggars Banquet released the best-of compilation Exhibition, which reached No. 43 on the UK Albums Chart, and a remix of "Cars". The remix, titled "Cars (E Reg Model)" charted at No. 16, Numan's final top 20 hit until the 1996 rerelease of the same song.
Numa Records, which had been launched in a flurry of idealistic excitement, folded after the release of Numan's 1986 album Strange Charm. Numan would reopen the record label in 1992, but it was again shuttered in 1996. In addition to Numa Records' commercial failure, Numan's own fortune amassed since the late 1970s, which he estimated at £4.5 million, was drained. Numan then signed to I.R.S. Records through his final studio album of the 1980s, Metal Rhythm (1988), which also sold relatively poorly. For its American release, the record label changed the album's title to New Anger after the album's lead single, changed the album colour from black to blue, and remixed several of its tracks against Numan's wishes. In 1989, the Sharpe & Numan album Automatic was released through Polydor Records, though this too failed to garner much commercial success, briefly entering the charts and peaking at No. 59.
1991–2008: Worldwide acknowledgement
In 1991, Numan ventured into film-scoring by co-composing the music for The Unborn with Michael R. Smith (the score was later released as the 1995 album Human). After Outland (1991), another critical and commercial disappointment and his second and last studio album with I.R.S., Numan reactivated Numa Records, under which he would release his next two albums. He supported Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (who had opened for him in 1979) on a 1993 arena tour. By 1994, Numan decided to stop attempting to crack the pop market and concentrate instead on exploring more personal themes, including his vocal atheism. His future wife Gemma encouraged him to strip away the influences of the more recent years. Numan re-evaluated his career and veered toward a harsher, more industrial direction with his songwriting on the album Sacrifice, on which, for the first time, he played almost all the instruments himself. The move was critically well-received, as Numan's harder and darker sound emerged just as Numan-influenced bands like Nine Inch Nails were enjoying their first rush of fame. According to Numan, the influence was mutual. He cites "Closer" as his favorite Nine Inch Nails song.
Sacrifice was the last album Numan made before shutting down Numa Records permanently. His next two studio albums, Exile (1997) and Pure (2000), were well received and significantly helped to restore his critical reputation, as did a tribute album, Random. Random was released shortly before Exile and featured artists, such as Damon Albarn and Jesus Jones, who had been influenced by Numan. Numan toured the U.S. in support of Exile, his first stateside concerts since the early 1980s.
In 2002, Numan enjoyed chart success once again with the single "Rip", reaching No. 29 on the UK Singles Chart, and again in 2003 with the Gary Numan vs Rico single "Crazier", which reached No. 13 in the UK charts. Rico also worked on the remix album Hybrid which featured reworkings of older songs in a more contemporary industrial style as well as new material. Other artists and producers who contributed on these remixes included Curve, Flood, Andy Gray, Alan Moulder, New Disease, and Sulpher. 2003 also saw Numan performing the vocals on a track named "Pray for You" on the Plump DJs album Eargasm. In 2004, Numan took control of his own business affairs again, launching the label Mortal Records and releasing a series of live DVDs. On 13 March 2006, Numan's album, Jagged, was released. An album launch gig took place at The Forum, London on 18 March followed by UK, European and U.S. tours in support of the release. Numan also launched a Jagged website to showcase the new album, and made plans to have his 1981 farewell concert (previously released as Micromusic on VHS) issued on DVD by November 2006 as well as releasing the DVD version of the Jagged album launch gig. Numan undertook a Telekon 'Classic Album' tour in the UK in December 2006.
Numan contributed vocals to four tracks on the April 2007 release of the debut solo album by Ade Fenton, Artificial Perfect, on his new industrial/electronic label, Submission, including "The Leather Sea", "Slide Away", "Recall", and the first single to be taken from the album, "Healing". The second single to be released in the UK was "The Leather Sea" on 30 July 2007, which charted.
He sold out a 15-date UK & Ireland tour in spring 2008 during which he performed his 1979 number-one album Replicas in its entirety, and all the Replicas-era music including B-sides. The successful tour also raised Numan's profile in the media again due to the fact that it coincided with his 30th anniversary in the music business.
In November 2007, Numan confirmed via his website that work on a new album, with the working title of Splinter, would be under way throughout 2008, after finishing an alternate version of Jagged (called Jagged Edge) and the CD of unreleased songs from his previous three albums (confirmed to be titled Dead Son Rising on 1 December 2008 via official mailing list message). He wrote that Splinter was likely to be released in early 2010.
Numan was set to perform a small number of American live dates in April 2010, including a Coachella Festival appearance in California, but had to cancel because air travel in Europe was halted by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. As a result, the tour was not only postponed but expanded, and his Pleasure Principle 30th Anniversary Tour's American and Mexican dates began on 17 October 2010, at Firestone Live in Orlando, Florida.
Numan toured Australia in May 2011 performing his seminal album The Pleasure Principle in its entirety to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. Joining him on tour was Australian electronic band Severed Heads, coming out of retirement especially for the shows.
Numan lent his vocals to the track "My Machines" on Battles's 2011 album Gloss Drop. He was chosen by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England. Numan's album Dead Son Rising was released on 16 September 2011 which had a full UK tour split in two-halves, 15–21 September and 7–11 December, Both parts were supported by Welsh soloist Jayce Lewis in an interview during the tour; Numan praised Lewis for being the best supporting act ever in his 30 years of touring, later documenting the tour in a tour diary and publicly inviting Lewis to join him for an American tour in 2012.
Numan also provided narration for Aurelio Voltaire's short film Odokuro in 2011.
While working on a new album due for release in 2013, Numan said "The one I'm working on now which I'm trying to get out in the middle of next year. It's very heavy, very aggressive and very dark. There are elements of Dead Son Rising in that, but it's much further along that particular road."
The album Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind), was released on 14 October 2013. It reached the UK Top 20, his first album to do so for 30 years. It was promoted by an extensive US, Canada, UK & Ireland tour which continued in 2014 to include Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. A further US leg took place in late 2014.
In June 2014, Numan collaborated with Jayce Lewis and his Protafield project on the track "Redesign" featured on Protafield's Nemesis Album. Numan also provided vocals for the song "Long Way Down" composed by Masafumi Takada with lyrics written by Rich Dickerson for the video game The Evil Within. The game was released on 14 October 2014. Numan performed a sold-out, one-off live show in London in November 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo supported by Gang of Four.
On 29 April 2015, Numan announced via his Facebook page that he had begun writing songs for the follow-up album to Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind).
Numan collaborated with the industrial pop group VOWWS for "Losing Myself in You" on their debut album The Great Sun.
On 6 May 2016, Numan was one of several collaborators on Jean-Michel Jarre's album Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise, with the track "Here for You", cowritten by Jarre and Numan.
In 2017, Numan released the single "My Name Is Ruin" and went on a European tour September. Numan's album Savage (Songs from a Broken World) was released on 15 September and charted at number two in the UK. He was the winner of the 2017 T3 tech legends award.
On 24 September 2018, Numan's tour bus hit and killed an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio, US. The driver was not immediately charged. Numan was scheduled to appear at the Cleveland House of Blues that evening but cancelled the show for being "inappropriate" in light of the day's tragedy. Numan posted on Twitter later in the day, saying, "We are all utterly devastated by the fatal accident involving our tour bus in Cleveland earlier today. Everyone of us is filled with a sadness that made it impossible to even consider playing our show this evening, and out of respect it would have been entirely wrong. I'm sure you can understand why we cancelled and I apologize to the House of Blues and to the fans for any difficulties or disappointment this decision may have caused. All tickets will be honored at the point of purchase. At the moment all we can think about are the people affected by this terrible tragedy and to them we send all our love."
On 2 May 2019, Numan announced the working title of his next album as Intruder. The album was officially announced alongside its tracklist on 8 January 2021, and was released on 21 May 2021. The title track was released earlier, on 11 January 2021. Numan discussed its genesis with author Guy Mankowski, who has a chapter on Numan's legacy in his book Albion's Secret History: Snapshots of England's Pop Rebels and Outsiders, as part of an interview series on influential English artists for Zer0 Books.
Numan joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager, when he wanted to be either a pilot or a pop star. In 1978, he started learning to fly at Blackbushe Airport, but the success of his music career in 1979 meant that obtaining his pilot's licence was delayed until 17 December 1980. The following day; 18 December 1980, Numan bought his first aeroplane for £12,000; a Cessna 182. On 1 July 1981, Numan founded Numanair, a small charter flight company operating from Blackbushe, and acquired a Cessna 210 Centurion (registered G-OILS) and a Piper Navajo (registered G-NMAN). He also indulged his passion for motor racing in 1981 by sponsoring Mike Mackonochie who drove a Van Diemen RF81 in Numanair livery in the Formula Ford 1600 class.
In November and December 1981, Numan successfully flew around the world in his Piper Navajo with co-pilot Bob Thompson on their second attempt. The first attempt, in the Cessna 210 Centurion, had ended in India with Numan and Thompson being arrested on suspicion of smuggling and spying. This aircraft was written off on 29 January 1982 when it ran out of fuel near Southampton and made a forced landing while Numan was flying on it as a passenger.
In 1984, Numan bought a Harvard trainer registered G-AZSC and had the aircraft painted to resemble a Japanese Zero fighter. He also gained a display pilot's licence and flew the machine on the UK air display circuit. He and friend Norman Lees, who also owned a Harvard, formed the Radial Pair, performing synchronised aerobatics from the 1992 air display season. Later they teamed up with other Harvard owners to fly up to five aircraft as the Harvard Formation Team with Numan choreographing their aerobatic routines for several seasons.
Numan held licences for piston and turbine helicopters and had a fixed wing multi engined rating. He was an aerobatic flying instructor and was appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority as an air display pilot evaluator. Then in 2005, after several of his friends and colleagues were killed in unrelated flying accidents, he gave up flying. In an interview in 2009 he said "I loved going to air shows, you'd bond really tightly with your team mates - it's an extreme thing to be doing, and you trust your life to them. And then it ended. I'd turn up and not know anyone. It got depressing. I'd sit down in the pilot's tent and there'd be all these people I'd not recognise. You'd look forward to someone turning up to have a chat with them, and they'd be dead."
Artistry and image
In the late 1970s, Numan began developing his style. According to Numan, this was an unintentional result of acne; before an appearance on Top of the Pops, "I had spots everywhere, so they slapped about half an inch of white make-up on me before I'd even walked in the door. And my eyes were like pissholes in the snow, so they put black on there. My so-called image fell into place an hour before going on the show." His "wooden" stage presence was, in his words, a result of "incredible self-consciousness" and "incompetence – I didn't know to move on stage". He became enamoured by the idea of "being cold about everything, not letting emotions get to you, or presenting a front of not feeling".
A prolific songwriter, Numan has written about 400 songs. His starting point is usually a piano to work out melodies and chord structures. Most of the songs on his early albums were written on a piano his parents had bought him: later in his career he has used a piano preset on the computer as a starting point. His biggest hit "Cars" was however unconventionally written on a bass guitar.
Numan's signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals. He is also known for his distinctive voice and androgynous "android" persona.
Within the UK's burgeoning synth-pop scene – which also included acts such as the Human League and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) – Numan was the first artist to achieve mainstream notoriety. His music and live performances met with censure from critics; he also faced condemnation from the Musicians' Union, who claimed he was putting "proper" musicians out of work. OMD's Andy McCluskey observed "nasty, nasty, vitriolic journalism" directed at Numan, who was dismissed as "pretentious" and "pseudo-intellectual". He nevertheless generated an army of fans calling themselves "Numanoids", providing him with a fanbase which maintained their support through the latter half of the 1980s, when his fortunes began to fall. He maintains a cult following, and has sold over 10 million records.
Numan is considered a pioneer of electronic music. He has been credited as a key influence by fellow British musician Kim Wilde as she was working on her debut single "Kids in America" with her brother Ricky. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears, another new wave act of the 1980s, cited Numan's style as one that inspired them while recording their debut album The Hurting. Since the 1990s Numan has been cited as a major influence by a variety of bands and artists from hip hop to industrial rock, including Africa Bambaataa, Fear Factory and Nine Inch Nails.
Fear Factory produced a cover of "Cars" (featuring a prominent guest appearance by Numan himself) for the digipak version of their 1999 album, Obsolete. Numan had become acknowledged and respected by his peers, with such musicians as Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters, with whom he covered Down in the Park on 1996's Songs in the Key of X, and Nirvana), Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails, whose 2018 Cold and Black and Infinite tour concluded with a guest performance by Numan, who Reznor described as "vitally important and a huge inspiration"), and Marilyn Manson (who released his own cover of Down In the Park as the B-side of his 1995 album Lunchbox) proclaiming his work an influence. The band Basement Jaxx had a huge hit in 2002 with "Where's Your Head At", which relied on a sample of Numan's "M.E."—from The Pleasure Principle—for its hook. Nine Inch Nails covered the song "Metal" on The Fragile remix album Things Falling Apart, as did Afrika Bambaataa (with Numan himself) on the album Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light. "Cars" remains Numan's most enduring song; it was a hit again in 1987 (remixed by Zeus B. Held) and 1996, in the latter case thanks to an appearance in an advert for Carling Brewery. In 2000, DJ Armand Van Helden sampled the track in his single "Koochy". In 2002, English girl group the Sugababes scored a No. 1 with "Freak Like Me," a mashup of Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" and "Are "Friends" Electric?" by Numan's Tubeway Army.
Numan is an atheist. He was an outspoken supporter of the Conservative Party and Margaret Thatcher after her election as Prime Minister. He later expressed regret for giving his public support, calling it "a noose around my neck". He has previously said that he considers himself neither left- nor right-wing and that he did not support Tony Blair or David Cameron. He also said, "I'm not socialist, I know that. I don't believe in sharing my money."
In 1997, Numan married Gemma O'Neill, a member of his fan club from Sidcup. They have three daughters named Raven, Persia, and Echo. Persia, at the age of 11, contributed vocals to Numan's 2017 song "My Name Is Ruin" and appeared in its video. Numan and his family lived in Essex, then Heathfield and Waldron, and in October 2012 moved to Santa Monica, California.
At age 15, after a series of outbursts in which he would "smash things up, scream and shout, get in people's faces and break stuff", Numan was prescribed antidepressants and anxiolytics. In the 1990s, his wife suggested he had Asperger syndrome; after reading about the syndrome and taking a series of online tests, he agreed, though at the time he said he had not been officially diagnosed. Conversely, he said in an April 2018 interview with The Guardian that he had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 14. In a 2001 interview, he said, "Polite conversation has never been one of my strong points. Just recently I actually found out that I'd got a mild form of Asperger's syndrome which basically means I have trouble interacting with people. For years, I couldn't understand why people thought I was arrogant, but now it all makes more sense."
Numan published his autobiography, Praying to the Aliens, in 1997 (updated in 1998), in collaboration with Steve Malins, who also wrote the liner notes for most of the CD reissues of Numan's albums in the late 1990s, as well as executive producing the Hybrid album in 2003.
Following the alleged harassment of his wife while his family was walking down a high street in his local area, and his feelings following the 2011 London riots, Numan filed papers to emigrate to the US, saying: "Every village and town in England has a bunch of thugs running around in it. The riots were the nail in the coffin."
- List of 1970s one-hit wonders in the United States
- Chiu, David (14 October 2013). "Gary Numan Overcomes 'Panic' to Cut New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- Harper, Leah (3 November 2013). "Gary Numan's cultural highlights". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- Gallo, Phil (13 October 2014). "'80s New Wave Icon Gary Numan Returns to Film Scoring for the First Time in 23 Years". Billboard. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- Conmy, Mick (17 March 2008). "Gary Numan review". BBC Online. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
- Rik (23 February 2003). "Review, Gary Numan's "Hybrid"". Fluxeuropa. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2009.
- Whittaker, Richard (14 March 2014). "SXSW Live Shot: Gary Numan". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- Appleford, Steve (28 October 2013). "Out of the shadows with Gary Numan". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Huey, Steve. "Gary Numan Biography & History". AllMusic. Netaktion, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan Biography". The Great Rock Bible. Strangely Brown Productions. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. p. 735. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0.
- Rees, Dafydd; Crampton, Luke (1991). Rock Movers and Shakers: An A to Z of the People Who Made Rock Happen. ABC-CLIO. p. 366. ISBN 978-0874366617.
- Gary Numan (R)evolution: The Autobiography, Constable 2020, Chapter One
- Peach, Andrew. "80 things Slough has given the world80 things Slough has given the world". BBC Radio Berkshire. BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "While the other kids were at school, Gary Numan was looking at planes and practising his moves in the mirror". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Allen, Craig. "Meet Gary Numan". New Jersey 101.5. Townsquare Media, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Webber, Richard (22 January 2012). "Gary Numan: I had so much cash, all I wanted to do was spend". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- Gary Numan (R)evolution: The Autobiography, Constable 2020, Chapter Three
- Neff, Joseph. "Graded on a Curve: Gary Numan, Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon". The Vinyl District. Mom & Pop Shop Media. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Steve Malins (1999). The Plan 1999 reissue liner notes
- "Synth Britannia (Part One: Alienated Synthesists)". Britannia. 16 October 2009. 41 minutes in. BBC Four. British Broadcasting Corporation.
With sales totalling in excess of 10 million, Gary Numan...
- "Numan, Gary + Tubeway Army The Plan". The Arkive. Beggars Group. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Numan, Gary - Replicas - The First Recordings". The Arkive. Beggars Group. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Part 6: "Are friends electric? "". The history of electronic music within European pop?". Europopmusic. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- Chiu, David. "'Times Square': A Forgotten Punk And New Wave Movie Soundtrack Turns 40". Forbes. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Pettigrew, Jason. "10 CLASSIC '80S UNDERGROUND MOMENTS FROM THE MOVIE 'URGH! A MUSIC WAR'". Alternative Press. Alternative Press, Inc. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Simpson, Dave (18 February 2014). "Gary Numan and Mary Vango: how we made Are 'Friends' Electric?". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Tubeway Army full Official Chart History". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle - The First Recordings Beggars Arkive
- "Image : RPM Weekly". Library and Archives Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Image : RPM Weekly". Library and Archives Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan Chart History". Billboard. Billboard IP Holdings. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "The Touring Principle '79 - Gary Numan". Encyclotronic. Invision Community. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- Gary Numan (1981). Living Ornaments '79/'80: LP Liner notes
- Roper, Stephen. "NASH THE SLASH: And You Thought You Were Normal". The Electricity Club. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "TIK & TOK - HISTORY". Official Tik and Tok Website. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan - Dance (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Gary Numan and Dramatis - Love Needs No Disguise (1981, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Stormtrooper in Drag". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Paul Lester (3 December 2009). "When Gary Numan met Little Boots". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- Gary Numan, I, Assassin | The Arkive Beggars Banquet
- I, Assassin Tour US 1982 nureference.co.uk
- Praying to the Aliens (2 ed.). Eastbourne, United Kingdom: Gardner's Books. 30 September 1998. ISBN 0233993371.
- Ankey, Jason. "Dick Morrissey". AllMusic. Netaktion, Inc. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Poster Publicity & Display Ltd". Search the Collections. Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Stanton, Mike. "For The Love Of... Gary Numan". FourCulture Magazine. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "SHARPE & NUMAN full Official Chart History". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Gary Numan Official Charts
- "Radio Heart | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Numa Records Ltd. Label Releases". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan". First Avenue. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Gallo, Phil. "Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release". Billboard. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan and Michael R Smith* - Human Releases". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Smyers, Darryl (18 March 2011). "Q&A: OMD's Paul Humphreys Talks Reformation, The Return of Intelligent Music and Being in Hitler's Underpants". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
- Houghton, Richard (2019). OMD: Pretending to See the Future (expanded paperback ed.). This Day in Music Books. pp. 81–82. ISBN 978-1916115620.
[Gary Numan:] It was late '93... OMD were about to go out on another arena tour and wondered if I wanted to go along. It was perfect timing, on many levels.
- "Interview: Gary Numan - 5/16/98". Sonic-Boom Magazine. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Numan, Gary (April 2012). "Gary Numan on Trent Reznor". Electronic Beats. Telekom. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Blackmarquis, Phil. "Brave New World - An Interview with Gary Numan". Post-Punk.com. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "GARY NUMAN VS RICO full Official Chart History". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "the leather sea full Official Chart History". Official Charts. Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan to perform album 'Replicas' live". Side-line.com. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Gary Numan and Trent Reznor to Collaborate". The Quietus. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Gary Numan will perform 'Pleasure Principle' on tour (dates)". BrooklynVegan. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
- Nieva, Selenna (18 April 2011). "Gary Numan to tour Australia". Valleyarm. Archived from the original on 23 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "ATP Nightmare Before Christmas". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
- "Maintenance Mode". The Stool Pigeon. Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Interview: Part One: Gary Numan". New-reviews.co.uk. 18 November 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Gary Numan Tickets, Tour & Concert Information". Livenation.co.uk. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Interview: Gary Numan « NICK POLLARD". Npollard.wordpress.com. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
- "Gary Numan Film Score for From Inside". Billboard. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Gary Numan on Twitter: "I did a guest vocal on a track called Redesign for Jayce Lewis's Protafield project recently"". Twitter.com. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Started writing songs for the follow up to 'Splinter' today. GN". Facebook.com. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Billboard Staff. "Gary Numan Wins 2016 Moog Innovation Award". Billboard. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- James, Hanley (18 May 2017). "All the winners from the 62nd Ivor Novello Awards". Music Week. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
- "Gary Numan on Staying Relevant in a Broken World".
- Newton, Thomas (22 September 2017). "Swipe: The 'Oscars of Tech' and Gary Numan". Sky News. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
- "Gary Numan at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know".
- "Winners Announced for the Ivor Novello Awards 2017". The Ivors. Retrieved 31 December 2017
- "Man hit, killed by musician Gary Numan's tour bus in downtown Cleveland". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
- "Twitter @numanofficial". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
- Numan, Gary (1 May 2019). "Big thanks to @AdeFenton for helping me (by doing everything) get my broken studio up & running again. Ade flew home today but left me with a long list of jobs I need to do to complete a number of cool side projects we're working on, as well as the new 'Intruder' album of course.pic.twitter.com/d5sZ9vgmRx". @numanofficial. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- "How to Love a Machine with Gary Numan". Retrieved 30 March 2021.
- Numan, Gary (17 November 2013). "Who'd have thought it…Gary Numan loves taking a flight of fancy". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Numanair". www.numanme.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- Dehn, Georgia (9 July 2012). "World of Gary Numan, musician". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- Dehn, Georgia (9 July 2012). "World of Gary Numan, musician Singer Gary Numan talks to Georgia Dehn about his daily routine, flying around the world in his Piper Navajo and the importance of marriage". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- Ranter, Harro. "Incident Cessna T210L G-OILS, 29 Jan 1982". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Postcards from Slough - Gary Numan". www.postcards-from-slough.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Radial Pair display team". www.numanme.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Things I Have Learned | Gary Numan: A Magnificent Man And His Flying Machines". The Quietus. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- "Gary Numan Interview". songwriter universe.com. 19 May 2021.
- "Gary Numan on the vagaries of musical fashion and doing it all in the box". musicradar.com. 18 April 2018.
- Mason, Adam (26 May 2020). "10 Key Tracks From the British Synthpop Boom of 1980". PopMatters. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
- Wylie, Lorraine (5 July 2021). "I stole my daughter's poem for my new album". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
- Power, Ed (6 November 2009). "Q&A: Gary Numan". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
- Abbate, Vincent (December 2000). "Innocence Bleeding". 3:AM Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
- Parker, Lyndsey. "Synth pioneer Gary Numan talks life after 'Cars': 'Around 2008-2009, I got dark'". Yahoo!Life. Verizon Media. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
- Young, Amy. "Gary Numan: 'Nostalgia is Something I Dislike With a Passion'". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
- Sherwin, Adam (18 October 2015). "Gary Numan interview: Pioneer of 'industrial music' on the nerves that almost ended his career". Independent. Independent Digital News & Media Ltd. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
- Edwards, Briony (20 February 2018). "The story behind the song: Kids in America by Kim Wilde | Louder". Loudersound.com. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- "How We Wrote Our First Record: Tears For Fears revisit 'The Hurting'". Vice.com. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- Keiran Suchak 35 Years of Gary Numan The Gryphon 29 October 2015
- Wiederhorn, Jon (28 July 2018). "6 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT FEAR FACTORY'S 'OBSOLETE'". Revolver. Project M Group LLC. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Marszalek, Julian (6 December 2012). "Music For A Chameleon: Gary Numan's 13 Favourite Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Sally Williams (16 November 2009). "Gary Numan: 'Dave Grohl is very nice man'". WalesOnline. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "The X-Files - Songs In The Key Of X". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Tauber, Sami. "Gary Numan and His Reinvention". Fashion Industry Broadcast. Desire Groupe. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- NIN: "Metal" with Gary Numan (MP4) (YouTube). London, UK: Nine Inch Nails. 22 October 2009. Event occurs at 00:35. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
- Sacher, Andrew. "Nine Inch Nails wrapped up tour in LA w/ Gary Numan, Mike Garson & more". Brooklyn Vegan.
- "CMJ New Music Monthly". CMJ Holdings Corp. May 1998. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Marilyn Manson joins Gary Numan Onstage". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Marilyn Manson - Lunchbox (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Basement Jaxx". Billboard. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Hubbard, Michael. "Interview: Gary Numan". MusicOMH. OMH. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Kearney, Ryan (21 November 2000). "Nine Inch Nails:Things Falling Apart Album Review". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Afrika Bambaataa Featuring Gary Numan - Metal (2004, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan - Cars (E-Reg Model)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- Barber, Nicholas (31 March 1996). "A CASE OF BEER TODAY, GONE TOMORROW?". Independent. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Koochy". NME. BandLab Technologies. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "See Gary Numan Get Freaky With Sugababes". Uncut. BandLab Technologies. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
- "Bill Withers, Gary Numan among honorees at UK's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards". ABC News Radio. ABC Audio. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- "Gary Numan - Interviews - Fortean Times". 25 November 2012. Archived from the original on 25 November 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
- Gary Numan: Numan remains. The Independent. Published 27 January 2003.
- Gary Numan on Britain's New Tories, Skrufff.com, 7 February 2006. Archived 6 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Skruff, Jonty. "Gary Numan Reserves Judgement on Britain's New Tories". Higher Frequency. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
- Manchester Evening News accessed 01/03/08 Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- "HOW WE MET – An Interview with GARY NUMAN AND GEMMA WEBB". The Independent. UK. 21 September 1997. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Gary Numan feels dirty and in need of a shower after playing old songs". Retrieved 2 April 2018.
- "'My Name Is Ruin' New Single & Video Shoot - Gary Numan The official website". 22 June 2017.
- Membery, York (28 October 2018). "Gary Numan: Cars? Yes, I want two . . . plus a boat and a plane". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- David, Mark (30 April 2012). "Electro-pop Pioneer Gary Numan Sells U.K. Country House and Decamps to Santa Monica (CA)". Variety. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
- NuWorld News. Retrieved 12 February 2007. Archived 4 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Quick, Quentin (17 November 2017). "Gary Numan Is Happy and Living in California". SF Weekly. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- "Gary Numan – Numan Convinced He Has Asperger's". Contact News. US. 25 February 2008.
- Segalov, Michael (28 April 2018). "Gary Numan: 'Eye contact is something I find incredibly difficult' - This much I know". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
- Buncombe, Andrew (8 January 2007). "Asperger's syndrome: The ballad of Nikki Bacharach". The Independent. London. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- "Gary Numan moving to U.S. after riot | Music | Entertainment". Toronto Sun. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Numan, Gary (22 October 2020). (R)evolution: The Autobiography. ISBN 978-1472134622.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gary Numan.|