With one hand on a Minimoog, and the other in a William S. Burroughs novel, Gary Numan became one of the most influential artists in synth pop. His signature sound is a wall of perfectly oscillating analog synthesizers running through simple melodies and generating tremendous alien drones. Accompanying these electric textures is his disaffected, plaintive voice. His lyrics create a world of technological and sexual alienation, drawing tensions between past and future, self and other. His songs are like the tears of a clown, fronting pop exuberance and melodies while cold, melancholic words and harmonies lay gloomily in the back.
Gary Numan Concert Films
Live at the Enmore
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minFor over 30 years, Gary Numan has moved effortlessly from one genre to another, all the while creating something instantly recognizable as his alone. In this spectacular concert we filmed in Sydney, he plays his entire 1979 album The Pleasure Principle, and it’s astonishing to remember that it was recorded with no guitars whatsoever. Today those same songs are delivered with a fierce determination, and it’s easy to see how the sheer symphonic power of those early chords lay the foundation for the industrial goth-metal of later songs like Jagged and Halo.
Gary Numan Top Tracks
Ain't It Dead Yet
Runtime: 1 hr 9 minTrailblazing the hard-core industrial genre in the 1980s, Skinny Puppy rocks Toronto's Concert Hall in this high-voltage performance recorded during the group's 1987 Cleanse, Fold and Manipulate tour. Nivek Ogre, cEvin Key and Mark Walk tear up the stage with "Dig It," "Anger," "Addiction," "Chainsaw," "First Aid," "Assimilate," "The Choke," "Deep Down Trauma Hounds," "Smothered Hope" and more...
Classic Albums: Rio
Runtime: 52 minThis latest addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series takes us to the early eighties and the release of Duran Duran's second album "Rio". Released against a backdrop of riots, record unemployment, and the Falklands War, this optimistic and celebratory album would generate a string of hit singles and groundbreaking videos and catapult Duran Duran to global stardom. This documentary tells the story behind the writing, recording, and subsequent success of the album through newly filmed interviews, musical demonstrations, and both new and archive performances.
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minThe English band New Order, born from the ashes of Joy Division, is in concert at the club Manhattan Club of Leuven. The RTBF cameras are filming the event for the program "Rox Box". At the time of the recall, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert interpret the cultured "Blue Monday", dance anthem of all the revelers of the time.
Friday the Thirteenth
Runtime: 58 minProbably the most enduring band of the UK punk/new wave era, the legendary Stranglers perform live at Londons spectacular Royal Albert Hall. Accompanied by The Electra Strings
Live at Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Public Image Ltd.
Runtime: 2 hr 2 minPunk is love!" PiL frontman John Lydon declared early and there was plenty of both present at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. It was the band's first Australian tour in 20 years and devoted fans flocked to see their historic return. PiL didn't disappoint, channeling the best of last year's album 'This Is PiL' and immortal classics like 'Rise', 'This Is Not A Love Song', 'Public Image' and Lydon's Leftfield collaboration 'Open Up'.
Touring the Angel: Live in Milan
Runtime: 1 hr 57 minThis film presents the beloved British synth-pop act performing live in support of its well-received comeback album, PLAYING THE ANGEL. Touring the Angel Live in Milan songs, this film presents concert versions of eight songs from ANGEL only, including the darkly vibrant "Suffer Well" and the melancholy "Precious. "