Gary Anthony James Webb (born 8 March 1958), known professionally as '''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 [[IAmTheBand 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.

Numan also contributed the theme song to the 2014 video game ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'', titled "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8iZA9gTvV8 Long Way Down]]."

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)''
* 2017 - ''Savage (Songs from a Broken World)''


!! "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 being perceived as standoffish and arrogant. He was later diagnosed with UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome.
* DarkerAndEdgier: His career went through peaks and valleys of darkness. His original albums (especially ''Replicas'') were dark before he went for much LighterAndSofter pop to try and court the market. After that failed he went darker again in the 90's with Music/NineInchNails-inspired {{Industrial}} and has been that way ever since.
* 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.
* EpicRocking: ''Berserker'', ''The Fury'', ''Machine + Soul'', ''Sacrifice'' and ''Exile'' were released in two forms: one with the original song lengths and one with extended mixes of pretty much every song. Several of these added up to ''30 minutes'' to the run time of the record. Reissues of these albums put out in 1999 would contain the original songs, with only a couple of the extended mixes as bonus tracks.
* ICommaNoun: ''I, Assassin''
* IAmTheBand: Tubeway Army was Numan's vehicle well before he started to appear under his own name instead.
* IAmSong: "I'm An Agent", as well as "I Am Dust".
* IndustrialMetal: A noticeable influence in his later works.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Replicas'' moved Numan away from post-punk and into New Wave territory.
** ''The Pleasure Principle'' removed guitars briefly from his work, but remains a powerful example of Synthpop.
** ''Dance'' is an art rock album inspired by {{Music/Japan}} and its lead singer, Creator/DavidSylvian. The album is loaded with minimalist arrangements, jazz inflections, fretless bass lead lines and many guest performers.
** ''Berserker'' is Numan's first jump into sampler-heavy synthpop that screams "EIGHTIES" to the average listener. Though previous albums ''I, Assassin'' and ''Warriors'' incorporated female backup singers and saxophone solos, this one kicked off the run from 1984-1992 where Numan was really trying to WinBackTheCrowd by being a full-fledged pop artist. Later albums of this period were highly influenced by {{Music/Prince}} and the production team of Jam & Lewis (famous for producing all of Creator/JanetJackson's work.)
** ''Sacrifice'' is a sharp turn into industrial rock, with Numan dropping all pretenses of being a pop star again and returning to brooding synthpop.
* {{New Wave|Music}}: 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''.
-->So, I prayed\\
But you weren't listening\\
Making miracles?
* RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Pulled a real one in 2012, moving to California after having lived in Essex his whole life. Mostly inspired by widespread riots in 2011.
* 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.
** "I am Render" from ''Warriors'' is based on the sci-fi novel ''The Dream Master'' by Creator/RogerZelazny, while the album's cover art is inspired by ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''.
* SynthPop
* TakeThatCritics: "I Die, You Die" off of ''Telekon''. The lyrics were aimed at what Numan saw as an increasingly vitriolic music press.
-->They crawl out\\
Of their holes for me\\
And I die, you die\\
Hear them laugh\\
Watch them turn on me\\
And I die, you die\\
See my scars\\
They call me such things\\
Tear me, tear me, tear me