Numan, Gary

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Gary Numan
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Numan, Gary Gender: M
Gary Anthony James Webb
born on 8 March 1958 at 22:30 (= 10:30 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 17°51' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 02°24 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 07°31'


British musician, a composer of electronic music. Numan cultivated a camped-up deadpan robotic stage presence in refined contrast to punk's spiky-haired angry look. Throughout the early '80s, he was one of the most popular artists in the U.K., amassing several Top Ten hits and two No.1 albums. Combining the electronic innovations of Kraftwerk, Brian Eno and David Bowie into Electropop, he created some of the first New Wave synthesizer-pop hits.

Numan originally performed as "Tubeway Army" with a chart-topping British single, "Are Friends Electric?" in 1978. Besides its robotic lyrics, its "futurist" electronic sound had a solid dance beat. The first record he released under his own name, 1979's "Pleasure Principle," featured the international (and now classic) synthesized dance-rock hit "Cars." This single made it to No.1 in the U.K. and reached the U.S. Top Ten.

Around 1983, his career began to slip, as all his music began to sound alike. His pyramid-shaped live stage setup drew attention as a curiosity but on the whole, he went from being idolized to being attacked.

His "Telekin," 1980 was only a modest success. Numan called wealthy punk bands hypocrites and announced his retirement from performing. He continued to record albums from his country retreat for almost two decades. His diehard fans stuck by him and a Numan tribute album was released in 1997. He put out the LP "Fury" in 1998 and "Dramatis Project" and "Pure" in 2000.

He became a professional pilot and, in 1981, flew around the world. He's now one of only two civilian acrobatic instructor pilots in Britain, qualified to teach experienced pilots to fly World War II combat planes upside down. He also performs flying acrobatics at air shows.

Numan played minor roles in a couple of films. During the late 1990s, he married long-time fan Gemma O'Neil, hosted his website and published his autobiography, "Praying to the Aliens."

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1978 (Chart topping single)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 25 September 1979 ("The Pleasure Principle", debut album under own name)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 5 September 1980 ("Telekin" released)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Flew around world after becoming pro. Pilot)
  • Financial : Worst Period 1983 (Loss of popularity)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1997 (Tribute album released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2000 (Albums released)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Gary Numan and Steve Malins, "Praying to the Aliens: An Autobiography," London, Andre Deutsch, 1997


  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Went from well-liked to hated by fans)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Musical group, partnership w/wife in some business)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Acrobatic flying school)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Tubeway Army)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ commercial (Pro, also air show performances)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer