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ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/24/06 12:14 PM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

“If I were only a second-rate Bowie, I wouldn’t sell as many records as he does. But he has no reason to be jealous. Bowie has done so much. I’m retiring now anyway, so in six months, I won’t be a threat at all. He’s gonna be there when I’m long finished…Bowie will go on forever. No one can touch him. He’s like the Elvis Presley of my generation. If he died, he would go on. It’s like saying Beethoven and Bach were no different because they were living in the same time doing classical music. Same with me and Bowie.”

Gary Numan, 1981



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 08:03 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"I admire Howard Hughes. And Bowie. And Prince Charles. He's great, he can fly planes - big ones."

Gary Numan, The Face, 1981



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 08:08 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"I like any form of music which involves dressing up. I was against one of the four or five leaders of the New Romantics who is an absolute arsehole. I've no time for him and his God Almighty views of himself and his fashion. He's the epitome of the sort of person I try to avoid. I never say I don't like anybody unless I've met them. Phil Lynott doesn't like me, Bowie doesn't, Jagger doesn't. But that's childish, they've never met me. Jagger said: 'I've never met the guy, but he's one of those people you absolutely loathe.' Wanker! I'm just about old enough to remember him...Poor old Michael..."

Gary Numan, The Face, 1981



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 08:58 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"The one on 'Replicas' [is the fans' favourite look]. Black clothes, blond hair. It's their favourite because it's the first one. Same with Bowie and 'Ziggy Stardust.' They say that's Bowie's best but musically it's nowhere near it. He looks better now; he's mellowed with age. But tell that to a Bowie fan and he'll claw your eyes out."

Gary Numan, 1982




ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 09:06 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"I'm not really sure why I stopped. Opinion was against me. I thought I knew what was going on and I thought I was handling it very well. One day I realised that wasn't the case, and I realised I might never get out of it in one piece. I was doing what Bowie is doing now - three nights at Wembley."

Gary Numan, 1982



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 09:11 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"Now I've realised that you can't go out with a bang, like I did at Wembley. The only way I could do it is to bring out albums without singles, and gradually space out the work until people forget.

"As time goes on, I'll probably play less and less until one day I'll slowly fade out of it and maybe set up my own little business. I could never see myself doing this at David Bowie's age - even if I had his talent."

Gary Numan, 1982



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 09:36 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"[With no character image] I don't think I'm that interesting. I don't think Bowie's that interesting. I don't think any of us are. I don't think we as people are different to anyone else, which is why Bowie walked on stage on his last tour and looked like bloke from Seaside Special. I thought it was horrible. I hated the album, too. I really honestly couldn't see what all the fuss was about. Just compare it to 'Heroes' - chalk and cheese. But I daren't say too much about it because I was always so constantly compared to Bowie. People just say, Oh, you're just saying that cos he's better than you. Everyone knows that. I wouldn't mind being compared to Engelbert Humperdinck. I should come out of that pretty well."

Gary Numan, 1983



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/25/06 09:39 AM
Re: Gary Numan new [re: ziggfried]  

"I love anything where the French and Germans get wopped. I see myself in a John Wayne type of role. I mean I could never act like David Bowie. I love all those World War Two movies."

Gary Numan, 1983



ziggfried
(acolyte)
02/18/07 02:14 AM
Re: The Kenny Everett Show new [re: K]  

"[The Kenny Everett Show incident is] apocryphal. If [Numan] were asked not to come onto the set, it would have been during rehearsals. I do remember having told the studio people that he was welcome to come in for the actual shoot. He never appeared."

David Bowie, Q magazine, 2000



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/22/07 06:27 AM
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“[By 1976] I’d caught up with the whole Bowie thing and was a big fan. I think I was 16 when I bought his Aladdin Sane album. I also started going to a gay club in London’s Poland Street called Louise’s. A group of us would travel up on the train to Louise’s, or to another London club, Crackers in Wardour Street, where we persuaded the gay management to let us have our own David Bowie night. The gay club was great, it was the only place you could go without being beaten up if you looked a little out of the ordinary.”

Gary Numan, Praying to the Aliens: An Autobiography (1997), p.26




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