"Gary Numan" (born "Gary Anthony James Webb" on March 8, 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer and electropop pioneer.
After education at Slough Grammar School, Numan rose to prominence at the tail end of the 1970s, initially recording under the band name Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punky demos (released in 1984 as ''The Plan''), he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and quickly released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted. A self-titled, New Wave-oriented debut album later that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and, more importantly, synthesizers. Tubeway Army's third single, the cinematic "Down in the Park" (1979) also failed to chart but it would prove to be one of Numan's most enduring and oft-covered songs; a live version of it can also be seen in the movie ''Urgh! A Music War''. Almost from nowhere, Tubeway Army reached #1 in 1979 with the powerful single "Are 'Friends' Electric?", the parent album ''Replicas'' simultaneously climbing to #1 in the album charts.
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|years active||1978 - present|
|music genre||Synthpop, industrial music|