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Gary Numan's chances are deplorable! How do we jumpstart this process?
Posted by Mike Gutshall on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 16:38pm
It's unbelievable that someone who influenced so many artists over the years isn't in the hall of fame. I think the list of people he hasn't influenced is a shorter list.
Posted by Alex on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 12:13pm
Should probably get in for his musical contributions to electronic and for being a fruitcake.
Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 02.6.08 @ 11:35am
Which "krauts"...Kraftwerk? No argument there!
Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.6.08 @ 19:38pm
Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 02.7.08 @ 08:54am
I'd guess that he fares a better chance with the Tubeway Army.
Posted by Liam on Thursday, 02.7.08 @ 12:10pm
the hall is a mess with who they let in so I would not be surprised if he never gets in. Any artist that is currently in from the 80s forward who are considered pop music with synths- he pretty much influenced or broke doors down for on MTV. Replicas represents the transition from guitars to synth driven music in one record- Kraftwerk should be in, but even Depeche Mode sights Gary Numan as a bigger influence on them- give me a break, so has snoop dog and big rappers like DRE. They all agree that his use of synths were revolutionary, and unlike Kraftwerk everyone in the U.S. heard the music, so due to that I think it had a broader effect.
Posted by D on Wednesday, 08.19.09 @ 00:46am
Everyone heard Cars anyway, even in african american rap clubs that record got spun in the early 80s- Garbage, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Depeche Mode, were all influenced by him for example--
Posted by D on Wednesday, 08.19.09 @ 00:49am
The thing is, while most his synthpop contemparies stayed in the same genre, perfectly comftorable in their own litle niche, Numan went on to a darker more industrial sound.
Posted by GFW on Monday, 06.14.10 @ 11:13am
I cant believe his chances are so low, Grnadmaster Flash got in and he's only had 1 hit in the US. Numan only had 1 but his was bigger anf just as influential if not more.
Posted by Jarrod on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 03:00am
Gary Numan is a no-brainer for me. He had a very unique style (kind of like a synthpop equivalent of David Bowie, although both were different in many ways) in his time and was among the pioneers of synthpop. You can look at Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson and see a major Numan influence.
Posted by Zach on Monday, 11.7.11 @ 20:19pm
Agreed, biggest electronic snub after Kraftwerk.
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 11.8.11 @ 11:40am
Must be a British adoration thing... other than "Cars", he's pretty much an unknown here in the States. And I effin' hate "Cars."
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.8.11 @ 12:07pm
I don't think one has to be British to appreciate Gary Numan. I'm an American and I love his music. I do agree about Cars, though. It's a shame that he is known only for that one song and nothing else. For a better appreciation of his music, check out some of the other tracks on his first solo album The Pleasure Principle. I'd especially recommend Metal, Films, Airplane, and Random.
Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 11.8.11 @ 14:12pm
His best song has got to be Are Friends Electric. It still sounds awesome.
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 11.8.11 @ 14:54pm
"I do agree about Cars, though. It's a shame that he is known only for that one song and nothing else." - Zach
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 14:32pm
I wouldn't call him the godfather of electronica, there are only four godfathers of electronica and they're all german. Massive influence? yeah, he's got that.
Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 15:06pm
I don't know. Pretty borderline. Influential, yes. As previously stated, "The Pleasure Principle" is a GREAT album.
Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 15:09pm
He has influence and innovation but not much critical respect or commercial success which dosen't bode well for him.
Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 15:13pm
"...but not much critical respect"
Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 15:20pm
add tubeway army with him and he definitely deserves in.
Posted by GFW on Monday, 04.9.12 @ 13:43pm
I wouldn't have a problem with him getting in after a few others. It certainly helps his cause if you include Tubeway Army. Their self-titled was the first meld of synths, electronics and guitars, and certainly pre-dates Nine Inch Nails.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 08.30.12 @ 11:26am
The Pleasure Principle was published in 1979, not in 1980.
Posted by Florian on Tuesday, 10.29.13 @ 09:53am
Thanks again, Florian.
Posted by FRL on Tuesday, 10.29.13 @ 10:12am
Almost 5+ years later, and Gary Numan is still tops for me as far as electronic music goes. I retract my admittedly shallow "Godfather of Electronica" statement, as I've gotten deeper into synthpop, house, hi-NRG, electro, and other related genres since then (In my defense, I was just beginning to really dive into electronic music then). I now obviously recognize Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Wendy Carlos, etc. as being the vanguard in electronic music and inspiring subsequent movements, including my much-loved synthpop. :)
Posted by Zach on Sunday, 09.18.16 @ 00:49am
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