Gary Numan Telekon/Live [DVD]
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'Numan's influence on electronic music is unparalleled.' NME. In 1980 when Gary Numan released his dark, electronic masterpiece Telekon, it went straight to Number 1 his third consecutive chart topping album. Telekon has grown into an acclaimed classic, influencing generations of artists who have embraced its icy yet strangely emotional sound. Near three decades later in 2006, Numan performed the original Telekon album, plus the Top 10 singles We Are Glass and I Die; You Die, as well as associated B-sides. Some of these tracks, such as Photograph and A Game Called Echo, had never been performed live before.This DVD also features Numan's stunning Telekon themed light show in front of a capacity crowd at the Forum in London. The full tracklisting is as follows: 1 This Wreckage 2 Remind Me To Smile 3 I Dream Of Wires 4 Telekon 5 The Aircrash Bureau 6 Photograph 7 Sleep By Windows 8 Please Push No More 9 Remember I Was Vapour 10 I'm An Agent 11 We Are Glass 12 The Joy Circuit 13 A Game Called Echo 14 I Die: You Die 15 Down In The Park 16 Are 'Friends' Electric?
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He settled on his third number one album, Telekon, which was released in 1980. The songs are a mixture of science-fiction fantasy ("I Dream of Wires", "The Aircrash Bureau") and reflections on the stifling effect of rocketing from relative obscurity to international stardom within a year. Numan was struggling to cope, and that struggle is documented in songs like "Remind Me to Smile" and "The Joy Circuit". At that time, the pressure so immense, he was preparing to retire from the music business ("This Wreckage", "Please Push No More").
In the 2006 show, Gary and his band utilised the Virus synthesiser, a machine proficient in mimicking the old analogue sounds of 1980 but with a heavier digital edge. The result is a brilliant hybrid of old songs in a modern style, but not so far removed as to sound like new arrangements. All the main sounds are there, including that weepy synth, the piano, the strings, all augmented with drum loops, live drums, and some nifty bass lines.
The title track, "Telekon", sounded so tuneless and whiny on the original studio album. Yet, on this live rendition, it has a lot of menace and groove to it. I never thought I'd ever revise my feelings about that song, but I have.
Everything about this show shines. The lyrics, the musicianship, Gary's voice, the lights, the crowd.Read more ›