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Gary Numan with James Hogg: (R)evolution (Little, Brown)

Jude Rogers, The Observer, 15 November 2020

IN DYLAN JONES'S recent oral history of the New Romantic movement, Sweet Dreams, Gary Numan stands out like a sore pale thumb. He fell into electronic music by accident after early fumblings in punk (other bands like the Human League and OMD had long been plugging away at their primitive synthesisers). He became the first Briton to have a No 1 synth-pop single ('Are "Friends" Electric?', with Tubeway Army in May 1979), before repeating the feat four months later, solo, with the advertising evergreen 'Cars'.

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