ARTICLE ROBERT ALFONS
PHOTOGRAPHY HEDI SLIMANE
I can still remeber the first time I heard those early recordings ("Are 'Friends' Electric," "Metal," "M.E."). Even to this day, they are untouchable. Everything about them is otherworldly: the lyrics, the production, the whole aesthetic. Remembering those Top of the Pops outfits, he was an alien!
He was absolutely successful with that delicate balance of making dark, frightening, gritty industrial music totally inviting and catchy. The melodic phrasing of "Metal" stumbles brilliantly and yet falls so gracefully in place with the song's pulse. It's a perfect example of what he did best. He's also responsible for my favorite version of Erik Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 1"
Numan's Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is out now from Machine Music.
June 5th, 2014. A new remix of "I Am Dust" premiered today:
Production Kim Pollock and Yann Rzepka