One of the founding fathers of synth pop, he is best known, at least in the U.S., for his song "Cars", which was covered by famous Industrial Metal
band Fear Factory
with his own special appearance.
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"It's the only way to live in tropes":
- The Cameo: In The Mighty Boosh
- Car Song: Well, duh. It's only the subject of his most famous song, after all.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Got pegged as one early in his career. He was later diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.
- Darker and Edgier: Compare his early works to his newer albums. Or basically, The Pleasure Principle to, say, Splinter.
- Dream Team:
- He and Fear Factory did together a cover of one of his own songs, "Cars", appearing in their album Obsolete as a bonus track.
- Any time he and Trent Reznor get together live blows the roof off the venue. That and the very obscure hintings that they may collaborate on a future album together...!
- I, Noun: I, Assassin
- "I Am" Song: "I'm An Agent"
- Industrial Metal: A noticeable influence in his later works.
- New Wave: A pioneer of the genre.
- Non-Indicative Name: Dance is likely his least danceable album.
- One-Hit Wonder: In America, "Cars" was his only hit and is still his best known song there. His success was always centered in his native UK.
- Post Punk: 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.
- Punk Rock: His early singles. "Bombers" managed to stay in his oeuvre past the 70s while the rest faded into obscurity.
- Religion Rant Song: "Prayer For The Unborn" off of Pure.
- Robot or Spaceman Alter Ego
- Synth Pop