Singer-songwriter, musician, producer and pilot.
*** Released: May 1979 ***
** LYRICS **
It's Cold Outside
And The Paint's Peeling Off Of My Walls
There's A Man Outside
In A Long Coat, Grey Hat, Smoking A Cigarette
Now The Light Fades Out
And I'm Wondering What I'm Doing In A Room Like This
There's A Knock On The Door
And Just For A Second I Thought I Remembered You
So Now I'm Alone
Now I Can Think For Myself
About Little Deals
And Things That I Just Don't Understand
Like A White Lie That Night
Or A Slight Touch At Times
I Don't Think It Meant Anything To You
So I Open The Door
It's The `Friend' That I'd Left In The Hallway
"Please Sit Down"
A Candle Lit Shadow On A Wall Near The Bed
You Know I Hate To Ask
But, Are `Friends' Electric?
You See, Mine's Broke Down
And Now I've No One To Love
So I Find Out Your Reason
For The Phone Calls And Smiles
And It Hurts
And I'm Lonely
And I Should Never Have Tried
And I Missed You Tonight
So It's Time To Leave
You See It Meant Everything To Me.
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Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958) is an English singer, composer, and musician. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of commercial electronic music and has been described as the "King of synthpop." Gary is widely known for his chart-topping 1979 hits "Are 'Friends' Electric?" (with Tubeway Army) and "Cars". His signature style combines gloomy themes of depersonalisation and alienation accompanied by energetic synthesizer work.
Born in Hammersmith, West London, Gary Webb's father was a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport. Gary was educated at Town Farm Junior School Stanwell, Ashford County Grammar School, Middlesex, Slough Grammar School and Brooklands Technical College. He had an early ambition to be an airline pilot, but did not gain any academic qualifications; however, he did go on to join the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He then briefly did various jobs including fork lift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter and clerk in an accounts department. A guitar was purchased for him at an early age and he began writing songs when he was about 15 years old. He played in various bands, including Mean Street and The Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, and Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian", probably in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline. Later he picked the name "Numan" from an advert in the "Yellow Pages".
Gary married a member of his own fan club, Gemma O'Neill. In 2003, after some pregnancy difficulties, the couple had their first child, Raven. In 2005 they had a second daughter, Persia. In 2007 the couple had their third child, Echo. He published his autobiography, Praying to the Aliens, in 1997 (updated edition 1998), in collaboration with Steve Malins (Malins also wrote the liner notes for most of the CD reissues of Numan's albums in the late 1990s, as well as executive producing the Hybrid album in 2003). Gary has recently moved to East Sussex from Essex.
Gary is also known for his love of flying, a passion which has featured in some of his music videos ("Warriors", "I Can't Stop"). He has owned several small aircraft. He is one of a very small handful of flyers with the credentials and qualifications to train aerobatic instructor pilots. Gary guest-starred in "The Power of the Crimp", an episode of the BBC TV series The Mighty Boosh, where a major character, Vince Noir, is a huge Numan fan. Gary recently stated that he likes to go sailing from time to time. Gary was also a member of the Air Training Corps. Numan's brother is also an accomplished pilot.
Gary has Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder which causes restricted social and communication skills. In a 2001 interview, he said: "Polite conversation has never been one of my strong points. Just recently I actually found out that I'd got a mild form of Asperger's syndrome which basically means I have trouble interacting with people. For years, I couldn't understand why people thought I was arrogant, but now it all makes more sense."
Gary Numan - Cars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldyx3K...