Alan Wilder’s (ex Depeche Mode) tour visiting world with its project, Recoil, and the show “Selected Events 2010 – A Strange Hour”. After a series of live dates before in Europe and the U.S. the show now returns to Europe for a number of closing dates in November and December. For the new dates will show also include all-new parts, materials not previously been played during the tour, but also completely virgin video.
Special guests will also participate, including Gary Numan, Ade Fenton, Architect, Sono and Northern Kind.
“Syyn Labs, the folks who created the Rube Goldberg machine for OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” video, recently did a commercial for DieHard featuring Gary Numan performing his classic song “Cars” on actual cars (their tuned horns), playing them like a piano, all powered by a single DieHard battery. We were intrigued and asked them to tell us how they did it. They sent us this behind the scenes video. The commercial is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4YsMV… You can read an article about the making of the commercial and the tech they used here:
Following Recoil’s recent US leg tour announcement, we got word that the gig taking place at The Metro in Chicago on 26th October will be a double bill featuring both Recoil and Gary Numan. Numan and his band will be performing his classic “The Pleasure Principle” album in full. Also on the bill for that evening is Architect. Tickets are available from the following outlet (www.etix.com) and are already on sale. Tickets for several other shows can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
Gary Numan lends his person and most famous composition to Sears for an inspired commercial about the latest DieHard battery. Utilizing a two-octave Car Keyboard, Numan “plays” his famed ’80s hit on tuned car horns. Although, he looks miserable throughout, he’s probably laughing on the inside…all the way to the bank.
Some nice friday music news:
Gary Numan is set to perform his 1979 album “The Pleasure Principle” (Numan’s first album under his own name) in full on his upcoming North American tour. Kicking off in Orlando, Florida on October 17, Numan will perform the album in its entirety, plus songs from his upcoming new album “Splinter”. It will be Numan’s first North American tour since 2006.
Portishead have announced that they are about to begin work on a new album which will be the follow-up to 2008′s “Third”. The news was confirmed by the group’s Geoff Barrow on BBC 6 Music adding that the band would start writing for the LP this summer.
I can´t imagine why the US guys wouldn’t like this
In 1982, American-based 7-UP got in touch with a UK agency to get a 30 second tune made by someone who was “happening” at the time to advertise their drink. So the agency contacted Gary and offered a £10,000 deal so he recorded 3 pieces of music with lyrics supplied by them. When the recordings were sent to the Americans they had not heard any music like this, and they were expecting something in a punk style as that had just arrived over there so these recordings were never used.
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Gary Numan discusses John Foxx’s music, in particular the impact that early Ultravox! had on his own work. The interview was filmed at Benge’s studio in Shoreditch where Foxx is currently recording a new album. Gary is really one cool guy!
Electronic pioneer Gary Numan is joining forces with the BBC’s Sound of 2009 winner Little Boots, while new wavers Heaven 17 and electro-popsters La Roux will unite for two special 6 Music Live Combos.
The unique collaborations will be recorded at the iconic studios of Maida Vale on 7 December and 26 January and broadcast on the station on Friday 11 December and Friday 29 January.
The format sees both artists perform three songs of their own, provide guest vocals on one of each other’s tracks and then do a cover of someone else’s song together.