As day follows night, thus does Gary Numan follow Ultravox, in my mind at least. Not coincidentally, I initially got into Numan in 1978 only to taper off in my fandom by the time I finally heard Ultravox in 1980. By 1982 I’d stopped buying Numan records altogether. After all, wasn’t he only a pale imitation of Ultravox? As long as Ultravox were delivering, I didn’t miss him, but after Midge Ure’s “The Gift” album in 1985, I thought, “maybe I should give Numan a try again.”
Good timing! At the point where Ure and Ultravox were crashing and burning big time, Numan was releasing some of my favorite music of his career [“The Fury” and “Strange Charm” albums, respectively]. In the fallow years of ’85 – ’95, there were no John Foxx releases and no Ultravox records either [that were worth anything, at any rate] so Numan stepped back into the synth rock pole position with some great work on his own label that was cheek by jowl with some of his worst [for I.R.S.].
So here we are in 2012, after having studied the latest steaming heap from Ultravox and just yesterday I received a notice from the official Gary Numan store at Townsend Records, that the limited edition 2xDVD I mentioned earlier is now on sale for a limited time only to one and all on the internet. Licensing issues required that Numan produce only 3000 copies for sale, and this was sold at his merch table on his just concluded “Machine Music” tour, so whatever unsold copies that exist are now sitting in the Townsend Records stockroom, but not for long! Numanoids unite! Act right now if you are entertaining the thought of having one of these in your media empire room. Sure, it’s a PAL disc. Just deal with it.
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