Gazza’s latest platter “Savage” has done quite well in the charts and although I am not exactly even-handed about St Gary of Numan, I can confirm that it’s triffic so I am not surprised it got to No 2 in the charts.
But what is this news from Billboard? They do not deem it to be an electronic album as such and therefore have not included it in the chart which would have surely delivered him a richly deserved No 1 placing.
Quite rightly, he is surprised by this – confirming that the album is his most electronic since The Pleasure Principle – the one with Cars on it – an album that featured brilliant real drumming on real drums from the late Ced Sharpely, a string section and tinkling pianos. Yet The Pleasure Principle is universally accepted as an electronic classic, establishing the genre itself.
If Gary Numan – Gary Numan! -releases an electronic album then it ruddy well is one. What next? Chas and Dave’s “Knees Up” not listed in the Billboard “Cockney Knees Up” chart and reclassified as Ambient Trance?