The Sci-Fi films that shaped Gary Numan

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Since Gary Numan exploded into the post-punk and new wave landscape with chart-topping singles Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and Cars, much has been made of his obvious links to science fiction.

In the run-up to his homecoming show at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on the 28th of November, Gary made a special trip to the BFI Southbank to discuss the sci-fi films and television shows which influenced him and how they shaped his lyrics, aesthetics, stage shows and thinking. From his childhood fascination with the technology of Gerry Anderson’s Supercar and Fireball XL5 right up to his longstanding emotional relationship with Blade Runner, Gary talks us through his lifelong obsession.

Giving a rare insight into how film culture has helped shape the face of modern music, Gary gives a passionate advocacy of the sci-fi genre and the ways in which it can benefit society.

Gary Numan – Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) Trailer

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Gary Numan live at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on November 28th 2014
(plus support from Gang Of Four)


Praise for Gary’s album ‘Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)’

“Making electronic music that’s inspired generations of musicians, and it doesn’t look like he’s letting up any time soon” – Noisey

“Numan is enjoying an Indian summer in his career” – NME

“Gary Numan is back, bigger and bolder than ever” – The Quietus

“The rejuvenated Numan’s finest hour” – Mojo

“Splinter should finally earn the synth pioneer his props” – Metro

“Best Numan album in 30 years” – Classic Pop

General ‘props’ for Gary:

· “Gary Numan has written some of the finest things in British pop” – David Bowie


· “There are still people trying to work out what a genius Gary Numan is” – Prince


· “I was listening to Gary Numan and I ended up becoming more polished as a designer. I started to design my tracks” – Kanye West

· “Seeing Gary Numan on Saturday Night Live was definitely one of the first things to turn me onto electronic music” – Juan Atkins


· “Numan was so spooky, so spaced out, and it sounded like the future of music to me” – Afrika Bambaataa

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