Limited LP : Orange Vinyl
Beggars Arkive is excited to announce the LP reissue of Gary Numan’s fifth album Warriors. Set for release on September 24th, the pressing is limited edition on orange vinyl. Originally released in 1983 and co-produced with Bill Nelson, the album continues Numan’s ambient-funk experimentations
“I still like a lot of the Warriors stuff and Bill Nelson did a lot of very inventive things on it which, because of our differences, I failed to appreciate at the time. I think the Mad Max image convinced a lot of people, the press especially, that it was a sci-fi album. Much of it though was actually quite autobiographical. Even songs like ‘The Iceman Comes’ and ‘This Prison Moon’ were more to do with what I was going through than anything sci-fi. Lyrically I was already becoming overly focused on the career struggle. Warriors was written, in the main, in a hotel room in Jersey. My girlfriend had just left me, I’d been evicted from the house I was living in and I felt pretty much alone in more ways than one. Despite its surface gloss of futurism it was really very inward looking. To me the image was meant to represent someone fighting for survival as much as anything” – Gary Numan
The achievements over his four decade career (and counting) are remarkable for someone who never made any concessions to mainstream success. Seven Top 10 singles, including ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ and the debut solo hit ‘Cars’; seven Top 10 albums, three of which topped the charts; and huge critical acclaim, most notably with the Inspiration Award at the prestigious Ivor Novellos.
In a career that spans over forty years, the music evolves and the themes change. But fans remain fascinated by Numan for the very fact that he’s so uncompromising. Gary recently released his twenty first album Intruder in May 2021.
- I Am Render
- The Iceman Comes
- This Prison Moon
- My Centurion
- Sister Surprise
- The Tick Tock Man
- Love Is Like Clock Law
- The Rhythm Of The Evening
1982 had not been kind to Numan - dealing with the fallout from his decision to stop touring, his mishap-prone flight around the world, plus diminishing returns in terms of sales with the lackluster "I, Assassin" album. His relationship with his label Beggars Banquet was becoming more strained but despite all of these obstacles, he returned in the autumn of 1983 with his final original Beggars release, "Warriors". It's a magnificent album, harder and more industrial than the previous two releases, supported by a welcome return to the UK stage with the extensive and eye-popping Warriors Tour. I have a huge emotional attachment to the album as it's my "break-up" soundtrack as my first girlfriend of 3 years dumped me during the latter days of 1983, not long after we saw Numan on the Warriors Tour for second time. It's all detailed in my Numan memoir "Remind Me to Smile: The Life & Times of A Teenage Numanoid" (you know where to look for it). Buy the album though - it's an essential purchase.