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Gary Numan On World Cafe | December 15, 2011

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Considered one of the fathers of electronic music, British new-wave auteur Gary Numan has been releasing studio albums since the '70s. The man behind the classic hit "Cars" has influenced scores of musicians over the years, including Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Beck and many others.

Born in West London, Numan began to attract attention as the frontman for Tubeway Army, a punk new-wave outfit that lasted about three years. Numan went solo after its dissolution and began, as a twentysomething who still lived with his parents, putting out synth-charged, chart-topping electro-pop. Over the years, Numan has released a stream of albums which span new wave, industrial and gothic rock; his latest is a bit of a return to his roots.

Dead Son Rising came out this last September. It's a mosaic of old discarded demos, pulled together and shined up for a new, complete release. With help from Ade Fenton writing and producing the 12 tracks, Numan incorporated science-fiction elements from a story he's been writing for years. Numan describes the result as experimental and fluid, yet still a labor of love.(link)


Hour 1

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David Bowie "Young Americans" Young Americans
The Human League "Don't You Want Me" Dara
M83 "Midnight City" Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

((J. Viewz "Oh, Something's Quiet" Rivers And Homes))

Gary Numan "Dead Son Rising" Dead Son Rising
Gary Numan "For the Rest of My Life" Dead Son Rising
Gary Numan "The Fall" Dead Son Rising

((Yeasayer "Ah Weir" All Hour Cymbals))

Old 97's "Every Night Is Friday Night' The Grand Theatre Vol. 1
The Jayhawks "Waiting for the Sun "Hollywood Town Hall
Los Campesinos "Be Your Hand" Hello Sadness

Hour 2

Counting Crows "A Long December" Recovering the Satellite
Blind Pilot "Keep You Right" We Are Th
Belle & Sabastian "I Want the World to Stop" Write About Love
Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
The Joy Formidable "Whirring" The Big Roar

((Dan Auerbach "My Last Mistake" Keep It Hid))

The Black Keys "Tighten Up" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Black Keys "Lonely Boy" El Camino
The Human Beinz "Nobody But Me" Frat Rock
The Rolling Stones "I Love You Too Much"

((William Elliott Whitmore "We'll Carry On" Field Songs))

Bright Eyes "Crazy As A Loon" Session CD
William Elliott Whitmore "Field Songs" Field Songs
Wilco "Impossible Germany" Blue Sky Blue
Kurt Vile "Jesus Fever" Smoke Ring For My Halo    

((Los Campesinos "2007 The Year That Punk Rock (Broke My Heart)" Hold On Now Youngster))