I've followed Numan since "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in 1979, when I was 15 and I still love his early work and his latest material. Telekon is a classic Numan album, I remember first buying in in 1980 on vinyl LP, complete with free poster and 7" single of 'Remember I was Vapour' b/w 'On Broadway' (live), how excited was I to put it on the turntable, however, I remember one track jumped so I took it back to WH Smiths and got it exchanged for a new copy the following week. With the advent of CD in the mid-80's, I eventually replaced all my Numan albums with the CD version, Telekon being no exception.
What a superb album it is, too! From the first soaring bars of the unlikely single 'This Wreckage', to the melodic and touching 'Please Push No More', then the dancey 'Remind Me To Smile', it's a timeless collection of songs that still sound fresh and modern today.
Gary's come a long way from this with his re-invented dark industrial sound, which I also find brilliant but somehow, I tend to think his better work was in the late 70's/early 80's. Perhaps I'm still living in the past and reminiscing all the good memories of my youth. Telekon was one of the soundtracks to that youth, so yes, I have fond feelings for this album.
If you're new to Numan or an old fan like me, once you're hooked you won't be able to take this off the CD player for quite some time.