Gary Numan is today regarded as the pioneer of electronic-rock and in recent years, he has been at the centre of a career resurgence with many performers and bands covering and sampling his popular tracks, such as the Basement Jaxx hit 'Where's Your Head At?' which samples Numan's 'M.E.' from The Pleasure Principle, Numan's influential 1979 album and 'This Wreckage' from Numan's 1980 LP Telekon.
One of Numan's most famous songs, the timeless 'Cars,'which also appeared on The Pleasure Principle, was covered in 1998 by Fear Factory and was often performed live by Nine Inch Nails, during their 2009 Wave Goodbye Tour.
Numan was also referred to in season one of The Mighty Boosh, and he even appeared as himself in season three, as Noel Fielding's character Vince Noir, greatly admires Numan in the cult comedy series.
Such new found admiration for Numan from many contemporary performers, including Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Tricky and Damon Albarn has made many reconsider Numan's place in modern music, particularly the electronic music genre. Today electronic music has merged into industrial music and electronic dance music, and Numan's 'debut' album The Pleasure Principal, (Numan had released two previous albums with The Tubeway Army), has certainly been influential in these modern music genres, but upon its release in 1979, it was credited with creating the synthpop sound of the 1980s, think Ultravox, The Human League and Depeche Mode.
However, The Pleasure Principal was first and foremost a rock album, yet Numan, perhaps influenced by Kraftwerk, chose not to use guitars, instead he embraced the Polymoog keyboard. The post-punk album, also had a strong visual image, in which a young Numan, appeared on Top of the Pops with his face heavily made up and delivered a very still performance.
Today Numan performs without the guise, and he seems particularly at home on stage, having performed several successful international tours in 2008 and 2009, performing 'classic album' shows, such as the Replicas Live Tour. Numan's forthcoming tour is The Pleasure Principle Australian Tour, a fantastic opportunity for Australian fans to see Numan, performing all the classic tracks of the 1979 album live.
Numan had a successful Australian tour in 2009, and he even hosted a Rage special, which revealed his great appreciation for all music genres. This is going to be a very special show, so purchase your tickets now.