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This Wreckage

This wreckage – Gary Numan

The intro to this song. A lone synthesizer rising from a nothingness, surging out a melody line, fading back into that nothingness. Every current of electricity lucid and powerful as it passes through. Humming, enveloping – no other noise or effect but the machine. Perfect. It’s one of the best and most assertive openings to any album. I can’t believe it was released as a single.

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I Die: You Die

I die: You die – Gary Numan

LEAVE GARY NUMAN ALONE!!

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I Die: You Die

I die: You die – Gary Numan

Poor Gary Numan. Seriously. It may be because i know him best now, in light of his extreme shyness, self-consciousness, bouts of depression and him diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, but the level of vitriol leveled at him by the music press, targeted for being the foreperson of an extremely unwelcome new kind of music, really hurt him. This song (and a few others) was his muted way of hitting back – pushing back on a press who didn’t know how to handle him and pushed too far.

The invulnerable metal man persona he took was all protection. The white makeup to cover his acne, the robotic stillness of his live performance to cover his lack of stage presence and knowing what to do up there. He had to. I guess… i mean i know musicians, especially on that level, aren’t meant to be prone to regular people problems (i know people aren’t meant to be prone to regular people problems), that they’re meant to rescue us from our own problems, but beneath a lot of cover, of tradition, of ritual, there does lie a lot of fragility, a lot of humanity not considered by the press in its free range.

Music journalism the lowest form of the written word. Gary Numan wasn’t prepared for it to turn on him as much as it did. Why should he have been? Because he brought something contradictory to their possession and influence on music. And they’re the music press. Someone really should take them to task, and not just through an easily shrugged off song.

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