I had Gary Numan’s album Savage (Songs From A Broken World) in my MP3 cart because it was cheap and I wanted to expand my listening to an artist that so many of today’s artists cite as inspiration to make the music that they do. Listening to the preview tracks I was trying to figure out if who influenced whom more, was it Trent Reznor or Gary Numan.
After giving it a play-through I wanted to say that it was a reciprocal influence they had on each other but the more I thought about it, I came to the truth that it was symbiotic…Gary Numan’s style had remained intact, albeit with a little influence from Trent.
Many people list Gary Numans’ The Pleasure Principle as a defining album that influenced them to make what they do today. It is a good album, don’t get me wrong. The only hit from the album, “Cars” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Top 100 in Summer of 1980 (Trent turned 15 that year). Much like The Downward Spiral met the Billboard Top 100, Gary Numan was sandwiched between pop heavyweights (of the time) like Kenny Rogers, Bette Midler, Elton John, and Billy Joel. Being at an impressionable age, I can see how people would gravitate to something that is different than what is accepted as popular to listen to. Akin to when you would sneak into your older brother’s bedroom and steal his copies of Playboy, having an album like The Pleasure Principle, The Downward Spiral, or Marylin Manson’s Antichrist Superstar felt like you were holding something dangerous in your hands. If certain people found out, you were guaranteed to get into trouble.
Coming back to Savage (Songs From A Broken World)…
Almost 40 years after the release of his first album, Gary Numan’s latest sounds familiar, but a little more grown-up. It is an easy listen and I found myself actively noting what tracks I wanted to revisit after going through my first play-through. With the exception of a track or two, the album moves along at a solid pace. You may find yourself having the following conversation with some of your friends:
“I know you don’t normally listen to this type of music, but, give Gary Numan’s Savage a try, I think you’ll like it.”
|2.||Bed Of Thorns||5:24|
|3.||My Name Is Ruin||6:18|
|4.||The End Of Things||5:01|
|5.||And It All Began With You||6:21|
|6.||When The World Comes Apart||5:27|
|8.||What God Intended||5:26|
|9.||Pray For The Pain You Serve||5:27|