Started his musical career in 1977 as a punk rocker in the band Mean Street, before being sacked in May 1977 for being "too creative". Responded to an advert in Melody Maker to join the band The Lasers, alongside Paul Gardiner. Both soon left to form their own punk band, Tubeway Army, with his uncle Jess Lidyard filling in on drums. In 1978 Tubeway Army was signed to Beggars Banquet and released a couple of punk singles. By then he was using the name Numan and the band was performing live in pubs and clubs around London, supporting The Lurkers. Whilst recording demos for Beggars, Gary stumbled upon a 'Minimoog' that had been left behind in the studio, still programmed to a sound that caught his attention. The rest, as they say, is history. Gary Numan is considered one of the foremost pioneers in electronic dance music.
Discogs (April 2020) Gary Numan has 78 albums and 76 compilations accredited to him. There are also some 99 singles/EPs accredited to him.
Of these, Gary has achieved UK music chart success so far in his career. In total, 34 LPs have charted (Top 100) with six achieving 'Top 10' placings with the albums ‘The Pleasure Principle’ and ‘Telekon’ hitting the coveted No.1 spot in the UK during September 1979 and a year later, in September 1980. In all, his LP chart success has gained him over 100 weeks of listings in the UK music charts to date (albums).
In terms of single/EP releases, 51 have charted in the UK music charts. Six of these have achieved positions within the UK Top 10 with the single 'Cars' hitting the UK No.1 slot in September 1979. Overall, Gary Numan has achieved placings in the UK Singles Chart for 159 weeks. (Source: Official Charts Company (UK) (April 2020)).
- 16 Remix
- 144 Vocals
- 120 Instruments & Performance
- 584 Writing & Arrangement
- 45 Featuring & Presenting
- 188 Production
- 52 Technical
- 2 Visual
- 19 Acting, Literary & Spoken