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Interview:
Gary Numan still finds pleasure in his "Principle"
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Gary Numan says he’s “generally not in favor of nostalgia at all.”

But when it was pointed out that 2009 marked the 30th anniversary of his breakthrough electronic pop album, “The Pleasure Principle” — and its hit single “Cars” — hitting No. 1 on the U.K. charts, he agreed that he “should do something to celebrate it.”

“Originally, I booked one show,” recalls Numan, 52, who’s now playing the album in its entirety on a North American tour. “The one show became four and then became a full tour ... The agent and promoters here in the U.S. were very keen to bring the show here as well, so as 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the album being released in the U.S.” — where it was Top 20 while “Cars” reached No. 9 — “we decided to bring it here.”

Nevertheless, Numan says, revisiting the album has been “a bit odd.”

“It’s very different to the music I make these days,” explains Numan, who’s working on a pair of new albums, “Splinter” and “Dead Son Rising.”

“It’s nowhere near as heavy or aggressive as the newer stuff, so it feels a bit weak compared to what I’m used to doing. On the other hand though, it’s definitely quirky, so what you lose in power, you gain in quirkiness.

“I have grown to like it again, which I didn’t really expect. The structure of the songs is very odd at times. Many of them have no vocal chorus. In fact, many of the songs are almost instrumental, but for a line or two of vocal here and there. It’s a peculiar way of putting songs together and that is something I notice far more now than I did when I was making it.”



Gary Numan performs Monday, Oct. 25, at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.



Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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