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'''Gary Numan''' is one of the founding fathers of SynthPop, best known, at least in the U.S., for his song "Cars".

He began his career under the band moniker Tubeway Army, their early PunkRock singles recorded with the sole intent of becoming famous. He discovered a Moog synthesizer in the studio, and he was so impressed by the sound that he incorporated synths into his music with their first SelfTitledAlbum, slowly transitioning his style to that with which he ''did'' become famous. Their second album, ''Replicas'', broke them into the mainstream in the U.K., aided by Gary's striking RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo; "Are Friends Electric" was one of the first SynthPop singles on ''Series/TopOfThePops'', pissing off some other synth-based bands that were well established before him. He dropped the Tubeway Army for his third album, ''The Pleasure Principle'', which gave his sole U.S. hit "Cars".

Following his fourth album, ''Telekon'', Gary began incorporating Jazz and accessible Pop sounds into his albums, and his chart success waned. He hit his personal nadir with 1992's ''Machine and Soul'', after which he dropped the feeble attempts at chart success and transitioned to an IndustrialMetal sound with ''Sacrifice'', which persists to this day.

You can find more info at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Numan The Other Wiki]].

!!Studio Discography
!!!As Tubeway Army
* 1978 - ''Tubeway Army''
* 1979 - ''Replicas''
!!!As Gary Numan
* 1979 - ''The Pleasure Principle''
* 1980 - ''Telekon''
* 1981 - ''Dance''
* 1982 - ''I, Assassin''
* 1983 - ''Warriors''
* 1984 - ''Berserker''
* 1985 - ''The Fury''
* 1986 - ''Strange Charm''
* 1988 - ''Metal Rhythm''
* 1991 - ''Outland''
* 1992 - ''Machine and Soul''
* 1994 - ''Sacrifice''
* 1997 - ''Exile''
* 2000 - ''Pure''
* 2006 - ''Jagged''
* 2011 - ''Dead Son Rising''
* 2013 - ''Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)''

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!! "It's the only way to live in tropes":
* TheCameo: In ''Series/TheMightyBoosh''
* CarSong: [[CaptainObvious Well, duh.]] It's his most famous song.
* CloudCuckooLander: Got pegged as one early in his career for perceived standoffishness and arrogance. He was later diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.
* DarkerAndEdgier: His robotic SynthPop, while already thematically dark, evolved into Music/NineInchNails-inspired {{Industrial}} in the 90s.
* DreamTeam:
** He and Music/FearFactory did a cover of "Cars" together, appearing in their album ''Obsolete'' as a bonus track.
** Any time he and [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] get together live blows the roof off the venue. That and the very obscure hints that they may collaborate on a future album together.
* ICommaNoun: ''I, Assassin''
* IAmSong: "I'm An Agent"
* IndustrialMetal: A noticeable influence in his later works.
* [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]: A pioneer of the genre.
* NonIndicativeName: ''Dance'' is likely his ''least'' danceable album.
* PostPunk: ''Tubeway Army'' through ''Replicas'', which still prominently featured guitar but incorporated the synths and robotic rhythms that he would become known for when moving to full Synth Pop.
* PunkRock: His early singles. "Bombers" managed to stay in his oeuvre past the 70s while the rest faded into obscurity.
* ReligionRantSong: "Prayer For The Unborn" off of ''Pure''.
* RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo
* ShoutOut:
** The name and iconic album cover for ''The Pleasure Principle'', as well as the picture above, are based on [[http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/rene-magritte/the-pleasure-principle-portrait-of-edward-james-1937 the painting of the same name]] by Creator/ReneMagritte.
** ''Berserker'' is named after [[Literature/{{Berserker}} the book series]] by Creator/FredSaberhagen.
* SynthPop