Gary Numan Says Trent Reznor Collaboration Is 'Very Much Alive,' Pair Also Working on Singer's Immigration Status
Legendary New Wave pioneer Gary Numan may be most famous for his eerie, synth-driven auto anthem 'Cars' from 1979's 'The Pleasure Principle,' but he was famous in his native England before that. And since then, he has built a deep catalog that's continued to explore and push the boundaries of electronic and industrial music.
Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson and many other formidable artists acknowledge the influence of Numan's vision, including Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, who took things a bit further than merely paying tribute.
Numan's new album, 'Dead Son Rising,' is another experimental gem that was originally developed out of a collection of demos he had from previous projects. The charming, modest singer spoke to Spinner about the new set, his relationship with Reznor and an important move he is hoping to make soon.
What were your musical plans back in the late 1970s in terms of career?
I was 19 when I got my first record deal, so long-term to me was 10 years. I had no plans at all beyond 30. Not for anything, even beyond music! 30 just seemed so old and I could not even imagine thinking beyond that. But I had all sorts of plans and schemes until then. That said, I found when I got to 30, I still loved making music, and still desperately wanted to do it -- more than ever.
Gary Numan and Nine Inch Nails Perform 'Cars'
Your Tubeway Army stuff and your breakout album, 'The Pleasure Principle,' went against the grain of a lot of the punk stuff happening in England. What were you listening to then that inspired you to incorporate synthesizers?
Actually, nothing at all. It kind of