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Random - Exclusive covers of Gary Numan [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0000018AV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Stormtrooper In DragSaint Etienne 7:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. We Have A TechnicalMatt Sharp & Damon Albarn 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Poetry And PowerGravity Kills 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Can't StopPeck Slip 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Are 'Friends' Electric?An Pierlé 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. We Are GlassEMF 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Die: You DieThe Magnetic Fields 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. We Are So FragileVarious artists 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. She's Got ClawsPosh 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. M.e.Earl Brutus 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Films (remix)Underdog 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Me! I Disconnect From YouSukia 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jo The Waiter (remix)The Orb 9:44£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I'm An AgentKenickie 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Down In The ParkJimi Tenor 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Are 'Friends' Electric?Moloko 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Remember I Was VapourChris Holmes 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. MetalTowering Inferno 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Everyday I DieDubstar 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. AbsolutionAmanda Ghost 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. ReplicasDeadsy 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. FriendsPop Will Eat Itself 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Are 'Friends' Electric?Republica 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. War SongsWindscale 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. We Are So FragileBis 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cars (remix)Dave Clarke 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love sopme tracks... 12 Nov 2013
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Music is such a personal choice and I'm no critic. Not surprisingly, I love some of the tracks on here and can take or leave the others. There are too many versions of 'Are Friends Electric' for me. I like the interpretations of of 'Stormtrooper in Drag' and 'Down in the Park'.
If you can find it for around a fiver its worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars be careful! 23 May 2013
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There are 2 'Random' CD' s on here! One is Numan covers and the other is nothing to do with Numan & is 'techno' stuff.
Check it out - search 'Random' and see
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8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original? 26 Feb 2001
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I'm my opinion Gary Numan wrote half a dozen amazing tracks along with several albums of self-indulgent dross. I had never bought any of his albums but had always been a fan of tracks like, 'we are glass' 'are friends electric?' and of course 'cars' (Maybe half a dozen was being a bit generous!). Seeing this CD which included some of my long time favourites such as Republica, Moloko, Jesus Jones, EMF, PWEI, Damon Albarn, Dubstar, the Orb and Saint Etienne I bought it straight away and was not disappointed. There are a few dud tracks but some good surprises too from bands I had never heard of such as Posh and An Pierle and Chris Holmes.
After a few weeks of listening to this CD I went out and bought a few Numan compilations and was very disappointed with the originals.
Basically, the strength of this CD lies in how these bands have taken these songs and made them their own.
Saint Etienne have added a melody line which prevents it from become a dirge like the original and transforms it into a high powered 'disco' opener.
Dubstar turn one of Numan's more stripped back numbers into a dreamy track which wouldn't sound out of place on a Dubstar album.
The three diferent versions of 'Are friends electric' each offer something new and are each worthy of mention, including Republica's which features Mr Numan on backing vocals.
Posh, who were unknown to me, take Numans awful attempt at Jazz Funk, 'She's got Claws' and replace the Brass with Keyboard sounds that the Tubeway Army would have been very proud of, that coupled with Siouxsie Sioux type vocals, is a very good combination.
Keneckie's pop-punk rendition of 'I'm an Agent' is a gem along with EMF's 'We are Glass'.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wastelands 23 Sep 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
In what is likely to be the only Gary Numan tribute here's a double CD with an unusual sort of case in that it falls apart in very little time.
Its also unlikely to be the kind which well end up in C Exchange or Cash Convertors.
The only Numan songs I heard were what were on Top of the Pops where at first he was the Tubeway Army.
The 20 years worth of chart singles he had seems out of all proportion to an artist who is no more than a Cult in the States and who has churned out nearly a dozen albums
Among his own covers were a pretty odd version of the Drifters' On Broadway which seems rather pointless and a version of Erik Satie's Gymnopadies which is an instrumental.
The music press always saw Numan as a figure of fun especially after his mishaps with airplanes but in a business not noted for normality Gary Numan is pretty straight
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tribute that doesn't suck! 16 Oct 2000
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while gary numan certainly had his place in my coming of age, i was never one of his rabid fans. perhaps that's why i find this tribute so refreshing and fun.
saint etienne's "stormtrooper in drag" is worth the price of admission alone. this is the happiest dance song i've heard in a very long time. the chorus is infectious. you'll be humming it for days.
towering inferno's "metal" has a certain ethereal shoegazing quality and borderlines on experimental. it's painful and lush.
dubstar's "everyday i die" is pure jangle manna. heartbreak never felt so delicious.
dave clarke's ironic "cars" cover (essentially a remix of the original) brings the compliation full circle to the present, offering gary his 15 minutes of retro-fame in all it's overproduced glory.
like all tributes, this one is filled with its share of duds. biggest disappointment is no cover of "cry, the clock said," my fav numan track. overall, though, i recommend this to numan purists and the curious alike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even stronger 26 Dec 2007
By Gregory S. Giovanni - Published on
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Hey, I'm a die-hard Numan fan. I always found that his poetry outstrips his music by miles. Somehow many of these covers reveal the desperate longing, the awful alienation and the feelings of worthlessness that are intrinsic to Gary's early works. I listen to both "Random" CDs over and over. I grew up with Gary, working the streets for drugs, questioning my sexuality and reality of emotions. Here is all the anger and disillusionment that he sang lay bare for another generation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great tribute to a pioneer of industrial music 20 Oct 1998
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This is one of the best tribute albums of the year. The Magnetic Fields' cover of "I Die You Die" is original, as are the _many_ versions of "Are Friends Electric". Great for any Numan fan, as well as a fans of industrial dance music as a genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed 22 Jun 2000
By Mr. A. Pomeroy - Published on
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'Random' is an extremely eclectic selection of covers, re-interpretations and outright eviscerations of a bunch of classic old Numan tracks. It's downright surreal hearing Numan's songs being sung by other people, and the thought that there are at least 26 people in the record industry who like him is scary. Eclectic is the word - with a couple of exceptions, none of the covers are approached from the obvious direction, and the experimental approach is often interesting, although not particularly satisfying. On the rare occasions when the bands are faithful to the originals, it works - both the tracks with 'Die' in the name are recognisable whilst being identifiably new - the Magnetic Fields, in particular, invest their chosen tune with an odd air of restrained menace not present in the original. Most of the time, however, it seems to fall flat, and as the unpredictability becomes predictable you start to wish that the bands simply played the songs. Some of the groups are clearly having a great time - Earl Brutus interrupt 'M.E.' for a burst of Queen-esque soloing, and Bis augment 'We are so Fragile' with reggae - but that doesn't automatically mean that the end result is listenable, and the covers of 'Cars', 'Jo the Waiter' and 'Metal' might as well be other songs entirely. 'Films', on the other hand, is too faithful - it's some people rapping over the top of the original, something which you can recreate at home with a microphone and record player. Others, such as Towering Inferno's 'M.E.' are frustrating, in that you can see what the band were trying to do. Matt Sharp and Damon Albarn's version of the rare 'We Have a Technical', on the other hand, is extremely faithful but dull.
Still, it's nice to see old, seemingly-defunct bands such as EMF, Jesus Jones and Pop Will Eat Itself back again, though. Some of the band choices are useless, though - Republica smell of wet leaves, An Pierle clearly wants to be Tori Amos, but isn't, and whilst Kenickie gave good interview, they were rubbish, really.
All in all, it's a mixed bag - you'll probably listen to it at least once, for the novelty value alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This wasn't a good idea but there are bright spots 2 July 1998
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Apart from the laughable Republica version of and the fair PWIS & good Orb remixes this record has little to offer. Go back to the classic Numan like 'replicas' unless you have a fav band that you must collect all remixes by...
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