Exile (Gary Numan album)
Exile is the thirteenth solo studio album by English musician Gary Numan, released in October 1997 by Eagle Records. Its release continued a critical upswing in Numan's career which began three years earlier with the release of Sacrifice; the album followed a loose concept namely that, rather than being opposites and the Devil were two sides of the same coin. Each track reflected some aspect of this premise. Unlike Sacrifice, Numan’s theme in Exile was not so much atheistic as heretical. Shortly after the album's release, Numan explained: "Personally, I don't believe in God at all, but if I'm wrong and there is a God, what kind of god would it be who would give us the world we live in?"The opening number and single, "Dominion Day", set the album’s gothic/industrial rock tone, describing how a man's nightmare becomes reality as Christ returns to Earth in scenes suggestive of the Book of Revelation. The tale was set against a wall of drum loops and distorted guitars. "Dark", which further explored what the composer saw as an incestuous relationship between God and the Devil, became a favourite for movie trailers before being used on the soundtrack of Alex Proyas’ film Dark City.
"Dead Heaven" turned various biblical conceits on their head while "Absolution", a re-recording of a 1995 single, was a bitter reflection on the consequences of unquestioning faith. Though not a big chart success Exile scored universally positive reviews, a contrast to the situation in Numan’s early years when he had many hits but was condemned by critics; however it further alienated some fans, put off by Sacrifice’s anti-religious undertones. The website www.remindmetosmile.com changed from a tribute page to one critical of Numan for being "so bold that he feels he can mock God and feel good about it". Numan’s response was: "This sort of reaction always amazes me. Here you have people that genuinely believe that God created this entire bloody universe in just six days, without anybody's help, yet they seem to think that He needs their help to deal with little me. If God was bothered about me, He would deal with me"; the US edition of Exile included one extra track, a live recording of "Down in the Park" released on the double album Ghost.
An extended version of Exile, nearly twice as long as the original, was released in 1998. Numan toured the UK and US in support of the album to sell-out crowds, a concert recording from this period called Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire being released in 2004. Gary Numan – vocals, keyboards, engineer, mixing Mike Smith – keyboards Rob Harris – guitar Simon Shazell – mastering John Burns – re-mastering Gemma Webb – assistant engineer, artwork Chris Poel – artwork Cürt Evans – design NuFederation – design Joseph Cultice – photography Perou – photography Paul Goodwin. Electric Pioneer: An Armchair Guide To Gary Numan
Machine and Soul
Machine + Soul is the eleventh solo studio album by English musician Gary Numan, released in 1992. It was a low point, released to help pay off debt, was the last of his efforts to make his music more radio-friendly, his subsequent work went in the much darker and more industrial direction that would revive his career. Numan's two previous studio albums, 1988's Metal Rhythm and 1991's Outland, had been released through IRS Records. However, Numan's relationship with that label had become strained, leading to his quitting IRS and reactivating his own label, Numa Records, on which he had released his work from 1984 until 1986, he continued to release albums on that label, before closing it down permanently after Sacrifice. Musically, Machine + Soul continued the synth-rock/funk style of Metal Outland. Like Outland, Machine + Soul features movie vocal samples. However, Numan strove for a much more commercial sound with Machine + Soul, influenced by the work of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as by Prince.
A decade after Machine + Soul's release, Numan had little difficulty describing his feelings for the album: Numan stated that reflecting on the album and its reception convinced him to retire from the music industry altogether. Numan said that in 1993, "Nothing was right... That music, those clothes, that haircut. Imagine falling off a ship in the ocean, knowing if you stop swimming you're finished. That's. I was trying not to die."Machine + Soul reached #42 on the UK album charts. Three singles were released from the album: "Emotion". Over a year after the album's release, Numan embarked on the 14-date "Dream Corrosion Tour" of October–November 1993, from which the live album Dream Corrosion was released. Recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on 6 November 1993, released in August 1994, Dream Corrosion reached only #86 on the UK Album charts, however, it has been cited as the template with which Numan relaunched his career, preparing him for his return-to-form album Sacrifice in 1994. With Sacrifice, Numan dispensed with the dance rhythms and female backing vocals, in favour of a back-to-basics approach, more introspective lyrics, a darker musical sound.
Three songs from Machine + Soul were included on the 1996 remix album, Techno Army featuring Gary Numan. Machine + Soul was reissued in 1998 in the US and 1999 in the UK; the album's original sleeve was discarded for both releases. Both editions featured new covers, utilizing photographs from Numan's Metal Rhythm era. All tracks are written by Gary Numan except. All timings are approximate and will vary with different equipment. "Machine + Soul" – 5:57 "Generator" – 6:08 "The Skin Game" – 6:23 "Poison" – 5:02 "I Wonder" – 4:28 "Emotion" – 5:31 "Cry" – 4:45 "U Got the Look" – 3:57 "Love Isolation" – 4:38 "Machine + Soul" - 7:33 "Generator" - 9:51 "The Skin Game" - 7:41 "Poison" - 6:39 "I Wonder" - 6:33 "Emotion" - 8:00 "Cry" - 7:31 "U Got The Look" - 3:57 "Love Isolation" - 6:30 "Dark Mountain" - 3:09 "The Hauntings" - 4:06 "In a Glasshouse" - 4:12 "Hanoi" - 2:03 "Machine + Soul" – 5:57 "Generator" – 6:08 "The Skin Game" – 6:23 "Poison" – 5:02 "I Wonder" – 4:28 "Emotion" – 5:31 "Cry" – 4:45 "U Got the Look" – 3:57 "Love Isolation" – 4:38 "Hanoi" - 2:03 "In A Glasshouse" - 4:12 "Wonder Eye" - 4:04 "Cry Baby" - 4:21 "The Hauntings" - 4:06 "1999" - 4:56 "Dark Mountain" - 3:09 "Machine + Soul" – 5:57 "Generator" – 6:08 "The Skin Game" – 6:23 "Poison" – 5:02 "I Wonder" – 4:28 "Emotion" – 5:31 "Cry" – 4:45 "U Got the Look" – 3:57 "Love Isolation" – 4:38 "Hanoi" - 2:03 "Dark Mountain" - 3:09 "The Hauntings" - 4:06 "1999" - 4:56 "Cry Baby" - 4:21 "Wonder Eye" - 4:04 "Wonder Eye" and "Cry Baby" are demo versions of "I Wonder" and "Cry" respectively.
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"Cars" is a song by English musician Gary Numan. His debut single, it was released as the lead single from his debut studio album, The Pleasure Principle, on 21 August 1979, it reached the top of the charts in several countries, today is considered a new wave staple. The song was the first release credited to Gary Numan after he dropped the band name Tubeway Army, under which name he had released four singles and two LPs, including the number one UK hit "Are'Friends' Electric?", its parent album, Replicas. Musically, the new song was somewhat lighter and more pop-oriented than its predecessors, Numan conceding that he had chart success in mind: "This was the first time I had written a song with the intention of'maybe it could be a hit single', he has since described "Cars" as "a pretty average song". In the UK charts, it reached number 1 in 1979, in 1980 hit number 1 in Canada two weeks running on the RPM national singles chart and rose to number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Though Numan had a string of hits in the UK, "Cars" was his only song in the US Hot 100.
It debuted on the American Top 40 on 29 March 1980 and spent a total of 17 weeks in the AT40, peaking at #9. "Cars" is based on two musical sections: a bridge. The recording features a conventional rock rhythm section of bass guitar and drums, although the rest of the instruments used are analogue synthesisers, principally the Minimoog and the Polymoog keyboard, providing austere synthetic string lines over the bass riff; the bridge section includes a tambourine part. Numan's vocal part is sung in an expressionless, robotic style. There is no "chorus" as such; the song is instrumental from the 1:30 point until its end. According to Numan, the song's lyrics were inspired by an incident of road rage: The music video featured Numan's then-current backing band, including Billy Currie from the band Ultravox, though he had not played on the recording of "Cars". Toward the end of the video, a multitude of Gary Numans are depicted "driving" along a Polymoog keyboard; the original UK single was released in August 1979, backed with a non-album instrumental track called "Asylum".
The US B-side was "Metal", from The Pleasure Principle album. The track has been a UK Top 20 hit for Numan in 3 successive decades: on its original release in 1979. Numan has performed the song on stage since its original release and it appears on all but one of his official live albums to date. "Cars" – 3:44 "Asylum" – 2:30 "Cars" – 3:57 "Metal" – 3:31 Gary Numan — vocals, keyboards, synthetic percussion Paul Gardiner — bass guitar Chris Payne — keyboards Cedric Sharpley — drums, tambourine A selected list of Numan's official live recordings and remixes. Living Ornaments'79 – live recording White Noise – live recording released on "The Live EP" "Cars" – remix released as 7"/12" single and on compilation album Exhibition Ghost – live recording The Peel Sessions Volume 2 – 1979 live-in-studio recording for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show released as EP The Skin Mechanic – live recording "Cars" – remix released as EP and on compilation album The Best of Gary Numan 1978–1983 Dream Corrosion – live recording "Cars" – reissued/rebadged 1987 remix released as single and on compilation album The Premier Hits Living Ornaments'81 – live recording The Mix – three remixes Scarred – live recording Hybrid – remix Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire – live recording Living Ornaments'80 – reissued/expanded live recording released minus "Cars" in 1981 "Hiding All The Stars – Chicane Numan performed "Cars" using a set of two dozen automobiles and their horns in an innovative 2010 commercial for DieHard.
All of the cars were powered from one single battery. James Frost of Zoo Films directed the video, Synn Labs, which had worked with the band OK Go, engineered the cars. Fear Factory, an American heavy metal band, recorded a version of "Cars" and released it as the second single from their third studio album, Obsolete; the song was only included as a bonus track on the limited edition digipak re-release of Obsolete and would be instrumental in breaking Fear Factory into the mainstream. In their rendition, Gary Numan performs a duet with frontman Burton C. Bell. According to Bell, around 1996, the band started performing "Cars" as an encore at European concerts. Word spread that Fear Factory was performing the song and as a result Gary Numan's manager contacted them. Upon request, Numan's management flew him out to the Vancouver studio for a three-day span to record vocals on "Cars." The band asked Numan to record a spoken word piece for the introduction of Obsolete. Numan had a long-standing dislike for being associated with what he perceived as dated music, this made him apprehensive of working with Fear Factory until realizing "there was a chance that it could introduce me to a new generation of people who didn't know my history.
And that can be useful, because my music's got a lot heavier and darker anyway." The result would be satisfactory for both parties, Numan praised the band as "brilliant easy to work
Replicas is the second and final studio album by English new wave band Tubeway Army, released in April 1979 by Beggars Banquet Records. It followed their self-titled debut from the previous year. After this, Tubeway Army frontman Gary Numan would continue to release records under his own name, though the musicians in Tubeway Army would continue to work with him for some time. Replicas was the first album of what Numan termed the "machine" phase of his career, preceding The Pleasure Principle and Telekon, a collection linked by common themes of a dystopian science fiction future and transmutation of man/machine, coupled with an androgynous image and a synthetic rock sound. Fuelled by a surprise No. 1 hit single, "Are'Friends' Electric?", the album reached No. 1 in the UK charts in July 1979 and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. A loose concept album, Replicas was based on a dystopian book Numan hoped to complete someday, set in a not-too-distant future metropolis where Machmen and other machines keep the general public cowed on orders from the Grey Men.
While the album's setting and lyrics were directly inspired by the science fiction of Philip K. Dick his seminal work Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the title was not. Although Numan's Machmen were similar to Replicants, the term used for androids in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Scott’s film came out three years after Tubeway Army’s album and Dick never used the word "Replicant" in his original 1968 novel; the album cover shows Numan as a Machman staring out from his room at a waning crescent moon hovering above "The Park" as a visible man stands outside while Numan's reflection stares back at himself. Musically, Numan’s main influence was the commercially unsuccessful John Foxx-led incarnation of Ultravox. Tracks like "Speed of Life" and "Breaking Glass" from David Bowie’s Low were cited, along with Kraftwerk’s The Man-Machine album, in particular the long and wistful track "Neon Lights"; the recording was a development of the sound of the first Tubeway Army album. While the tracks "The Machman", "You Are in My Vision" and "It Must Have Been Years" recalled the earlier album’s guitar-oriented rock, the rest were built solidly around an analog synthesizer, the Minimoog.
Along with "Are'Friends' Electric?", this included "Me! I Disconnect from You", the atmospheric "Down in the Park", the multi-layered title track and the closing instrumentals "When the Machines Rock" and "I Nearly Married a Human", the latter featuring Numan's first use of a primitive drum machine. Replicas' synthesizer sound and nihilistic lyrics had a major impact on the industrial acts that came to prominence in the mid-1990s such as Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, both of whom covered Numan's songs on record. Both Manson and Foo Fighters released versions of "Down in the Park". "Are'Friends' Electric?" was covered by a number of artists, was most notably the basis for Sugababes' No. 1 hit "Freak Like Me" in 2002. Numan has continued to play tracks from Replicas on his live tours, with "Me! I Disconnect from You", "Are'Friends' Electric?" and "Down in the Park" being mainstays, whilst "Praying to the Aliens" and "Replicas" have lately become part of his live repertoire. The 1999 and 2008 reissue editions included several bonus tracks, including three single B-sides: "We Are So Fragile", "Do You Need the Service?" and "I Nearly Married a Human".
"The Crazies", "Only a Downstat" and "We Have a Technical" were outtakes from the Replicas sessions. All songs written by Gary Numan; the lightbulb on the front sleeve artwork was removed for the 1995 reissue to allow for a larger print of the album title. "Me! I Disconnect from You" – 3:23 "Are'Friends' Electric?" – 5:25 "The Machman" – 3:08 "Praying to the Aliens" – 4:00 "Down in the Park" – 4:24 "You Are in My Vision" – 3:15 "Replicas" – 5:01 "It Must Have Been Years" – 4:02 "When the Machines Rock" – 3:15 "I Nearly Married a Human" – 6:31 "Do You Need the Service?" - 3:40 "The Crazies" - 2:54 "Only a Downstat" - 3:36 "We Have a Technical" - 8:04 "We Are So Fragile" - 2:56 "I Nearly Married a Human 2" - 6:38 To coincide with Numan's 15-date Replicas Classic Album Tour in 2008, Beggars Banquet issued an expanded 2CD and limited 3CD version of Replicas, titled Replicas Redux. Disc One "We Are So Fragile" - 2:55 "Do You Need the Service?" - 3:39 "I Nearly Married a Human 2" - 6:38Disc Two This disc contained a complete earlier version of the Replicas album, recorded in late 1978 and January 1979.
"Me! I Disconnect From You" - 3:24 "Are'Friends' Electric?" - 5:25 "The Machman" - 3:08 "Praying to the Aliens" - 4:08 "Down in the Park" - 4:24 "Do You Need the Service?" - 3:42 "Only a Downstat" - 3:35 "We Have a Technical" - 8:00 "You Are in My Vision" - 3:22 "Replicas" - 5:02 "It Must Have Been Years" - 4:04 "When the Machines Rock" - 3:15 "The Crazies" - 2:54 "I Nearly Married a Human 3" - 6:24The early version of "When the Machines Rock" featured vocals by Numan, unlike the instrumental standard album version. Disc Three - Replicas - Mixes + Versions This disc of bonus tracks was only available for a limited time when Replicas Redux was purchased via Numan's official website. "Are'Friends' Electric?" - 5:15 "Replicas" - 5:05 "Down in the Park" - 4:23 "Are'Friends' Electric?" - 5:28 "Replicas" - 5:00 "Are'Friends' Electric?" - 5:14 Gary Numan – keybo
Strange Charm is the eighth solo studio album by English musician Gary Numan released in November 1986, it was Numan's third release on his self-owned Numa Records label. The album was not released in the United States until 1999 when it was issued in a digitally remastered form with five bonus tracks by Cleopatra Records. In the same year it was reissued with bonus tracks in the United Kingdom by Eagle Records. Strange Charm was the last studio album released on his self-owned Numa Records label before he signed a recording contract with I. R. S. Records. Unlike most of his previous albums, Strange Charm is a fragmented release with no obvious theme on it, either musically or lyrically. Numan admitted that the album was disjointed, concerned more with atmosphere than theme; the majority of the album was produced by the Wave Team, who had produced most of Numan's previous offering, The Fury, continued in a style similar to the previous album. However, the album's stand-out tracks, "My Breathing" and "New Thing from London Town", were produced by Ade Orange and Bill Sharpe and Nick Smith and offer a departure from the industrial sound of the rest of the album into quite different atmospheres.
"New Thing from London Town" was a re-recorded version of the single released by Numan and Bill Sharpe a month before the release of Strange Charm. The Strange Charm version of the song retains the original music, but features new lyrics written and sung by Numan. Elsewhere, the songs on Strange Charm range from radio-friendly pop to slow-burning ballads "This is Love"), to fast-paced, energetic synth-rock. By the time of Strange Charm's recording, Numan had found himself more and more alienated from the mainstream of British pop music, while most of the money he had made during the early part of his career had now been consumed by his costly self-funded record label. Numan recollected that the studio atmosphere was tense: Not only did Numan find it difficult to create the kind of sound that he wanted for Strange Charm, but the protracted recording sessions resulted in the album being recorded in its entirety twice, diluting Numan's enthusiasm for the finished product. Strange Charm was released in late 1986, many months after singles from the album had been released.
"This Is Love" was released in April and peaked at No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart. 27, the original version of "New Thing from London Town" was released in October and reached No. 52. No singles were taken from Strange Charm after the album's release in November; the only single Numan released that month was "I Still Remember", a remake of a song from Numan's 1985 album The Fury. Released as a charity single for the RSPCA, "I Still Remember" reached No. 74 on the UK Singles Chart. The Strange Charm album itself peaked at No. 59 on the UK Albums Chart, spent only two weeks in the Top 75. For the visual look of Strange Charm, Numan abandoned the white suit-clad persona of The Fury and instead dyed his hair blond and wore a Blade Runner-esque long leather jacket and sunglasses. Blade Runner was the influence for one the B-sides of the album, "Time to Die", which takes its title and most of its lyrical content from Roy Batty's dying speech during the climax scene of the film. Strange Charm is the third of five Numan albums to feature saxophonist Dick Morrissey, who performed on the Blade Runner film score.
Vocal samples from the film can be heard on Numan's albums Outland. Numan has referred to Blade Runner as "one of my all-time favourite films."Numan did not support Strange Charm with a live tour. However, Numan embarked on the 18-date "Exhibition Tour" in September 1987 to promote the compilation album Exhibition. A live album, was culled from the final two shows of the tour and released in March 1988. Ghost features live versions of several Strange Charm tracks. Strange Charm was only released in the UK; the original cassette release featured "Time to Die" as an extra track at the end of side one. The album saw its first CD reissue on Numan's own Numa label in 1991, it was reissued again in 1996. In 1999 the album was reissued in the UK by Eagle Records in remastered form, with five tracks released as B-sides as bonus tracks, new artwork and liner notes. In the same year it was released in the U. S. by Cleopatra Records, who dropped two of the instrumental bonus tracks of the UK reissue in favour of the extended mixes of "New Thing from London Town" and "I Can't Stop".
Additionally the U. S. release did not feature liner notes. All tracks written by Gary Numan, except for "New Thing from London Town", which has music by Bill Sharpe and lyrics by Numan. All timings are approximate and will vary with different equipment. "My Breathing" – 6:39 "Unknown and Hostile" – 4:29 "The Sleeproom" – 5:19 "New Thing from London Town" – 5:57 "I Can't Stop" – 5:50 "Strange Charm" – 5:03 "The Need" – 7:07 "This Is Love" – 4:32The original cassette release included "Time to Die" as an extra track on side one, after "New Thing from London Town". "My Breathing" – 6:39 "Unknown and Hostile" – 4:29 "The Sleeproom" – 5:19 "New Thing from London Town" – 5:57 "I Can't Stop" – 5:50 "Strange Charm" – 5:03 "The Need" – 7:07 "This Is Love" – 4:32 "My Breathing" – 6:39 "Unknown and Hostile" – 4:29 "The Sleeproom" – 5:19 "New T
Gary Anthony James Webb, known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. Born in West London, he first entered the music industry as frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo LP The Pleasure Principle in 1979, topping the UK Albums Chart, he achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the No. 1 singles "Are'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars", but maintains a cult following. Numan is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music, his signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, he is 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 and Authors. Gary Anthony James Webb was born on 8 March 1958 in Hammersmith, West London, the son of a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport.
He was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Stanwell, Ashford County Grammar School Slough Grammar School in Berkshire, followed by Brooklands Technical College in Surrey. He joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager, he briefly held various jobs including forklift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter, accounts clerk. When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul, which he regards as his most treasured possession, he played in various bands, including Mean Street and the Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian" in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline, he picked the surname "Numan" from an advert in the Yellow pages for a plumber whose surname was "Neumann". Numan came to prominence at the mid of the 1970s as lead singer and record producer for Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punk-influenced demo tapes, he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted.
A self-titled, new wave-oriented debut album that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and synthesisers. Tubeway Army's third single, the dark-themed and slow-paced "Down in the Park" failed to chart, but it would prove to be 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, 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 took seven weeks before reaching No. 1 at the end of June. A few months Numan found success in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with "Cars", which peaked at No. 1 in the UK in 1979, No. 1 in Canada and 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, a sell-out tour followed. The Pleasure Principle was a rock album with no guitars. A second single from the album, "Complex", made it to No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1980, Numan topped the album charts for a third time with Telekon, with the singles "We Are Glass", "I Die: You Die" released prior to the album reaching No. 5 and No. 6. "This Wreckage" taken from the album in December 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 with an 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 and Tok, Carole Caplin.
A live two album set from the 1979 and 1980 tours released at this time reached No. 2 in the charts. Both albums individually released as Living Ornaments'79 and Living Ornaments'80 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 and ethereal, rhythmic pop, his first album after his 1981 farewell concerts was Dance. The album charted as high as No. 3 on the UK charts, with an eight-week chart run and produced one hit single reaching No. 6. The album featured several distinguished guest players. With his former backing band, Chris Payne, Russell Bell, Ced Sharpley 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 release by his long-term bassist Paul Gardiner, "Stormtrooper in Drag", which made the charts. However, Numan's career had begun to experience a gradual decline, he was eclipsed by acts s
Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
Savage is the eighteenth solo studio album by English musician Gary Numan, released on 15 September 2017 by BMG and The End. The album was first announced to be a part of a fan-backed Pledge Music Campaign on 12 November 2015. On 9 November 2018, a followup EP titled; the EP features similar artwork to Savage, it was intended to complement the album. Savage is a concept album centred around the blending of Western and Eastern cultures in a post-apocalyptic world that has become desertified as a result of global warming. "The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment," Numan stated in an interview. "It's about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, some are haunted by what they've done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book encourages religion to resurface, it goes downhill from there." Per Numan's website. Standard CD Deluxe hardback book CD featuring the bonus track "If I Said" Double LP featuring two bonus tracks "If I Said" and "Cold" Exclusive vinyl picture disc, limited to only 500 copies and features two bonus tracks "If I Said" and "Cold" Cassette featuring the same tracks as the standard CD.
In order of appearance, working demo song titles included: "Song 1" "Dome" "Kontakt 7" "Nameless" "March" "I Heard a Voice" "Save Me" "Where Will You Be""When the world comes apart" is a line from the 1994 Sacrifice song "Magic", "Mercy" was an early demo title during the 2006 Jagged sessions, which would become "We Are the Lost" from Dead Son Rising. A'pre-Ade Fenton' mp3 of "Bed of Thorns" was made available to download on 3 September 2016; this demo version appears on the soundtrack to the 2017 film Ghost in the Shell. To quote Numan: "I have a new song'Bed of Thorns' on the released Ghost in the Shell album. To be exact it's my early demo version of the song; the version that will come out on my Savage album in a few months is different." "Bed of Thorns" debuted live on 2 October 2016. On 13 May 2016, Numan added a video and the following text to Facebook regarding the ballad "If I Said", wherein his daughters and Echo, sing the song in unison: Please forgive the proud Dad in me but this is a clip of Persia and Echo singing the "If I Said" piano demo.
I'd just finished the lyric and they had just that minute come home from school. They didn't know the tune at all so it's a little wayward in places, they are both dyslexic, so them reading it at all was enough to make me watery-eyed, but having your own children sing one of your new songs is about as special as it gets. Following the album's release, it was revealed that, in spite of it being predominantly recorded with electronic instruments, it had been excluded from Billboard's dance/electronic music chart, with an executive from Billboard advising BMG that “Sonically, the Numan album just does not fit in" with Billboard's perception of electronic dance music; the Billboard dance/electronic chart's number one position for September 15 was held by Calvin Harris, whose album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, sold 600 fewer copies than Savage. Savage garnered positive reviews; the album received an average score of 74/100 from 11 reviews on Metacritic, indicating "generally favourable reviews". AllMusic's James Christopher Monger said 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."
David Simpson of The Guardian had a mixed impression, saying that despite Numan sounding tired and like a faded star, his music still has a beating heart. The Quietus' Josh Gray criticised Savage's cover art and presentation as culturally and aesthetically offensive and in "poor taste," but he praised the album's songs and themes. Chris Ingalls of PopMatters called the album "a compelling cautionary tale of what may happen if we’re too complacent to give a damn about future generations. It’s a stunningly sharp and diverse collection of songs from a living legend." All tracks written by Gary Numan, except "What God Intended" written by Gary Numan/Ade Fenton. Gary Numan – vocals, keyboards Ade Fenton – keyboards, mixing, production Steve Harris – guitars Tim Slade – bass Persia Numan – backing vocals Nathan Boddy – mixing Paul Carr – mixing assistant Matt Colton – mastering