TS: Gary Numan's Replicas Vs. The Pleasure Principle

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Early Ultravox has the synth/rock hybrid sound too.

earlnash, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:14 (eight months ago) link

I assume you mean pre-Vienna

Οὖτις, Thursday, 10 January 2019 00:19 (eight months ago) link

Metamatic

frogbs, Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:07 (eight months ago) link

Systems of Romance and Vienna by Ultravox, the first two Visage albums, Magazine's Secondhand Daylight, Quiet Life and Gentlemen Take Polaroids by Japan, Empires and Dance and Sons and Fascination by Simple Minds.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:17 (eight months ago) link

I guess the first two John Foxx solo albums fit too, even though Metamatic takes a slightly different approach to Numan 1979-1980, stuff like 'Underpass' fits. Non-album single 'Miles Away' definitely does.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:21 (eight months ago) link

while we're on the topic did anyone else think the title of that song was "Underpants" for a long time

frogbs, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:22 (eight months ago) link

No, you were the only one :P

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:29 (eight months ago) link

thx guys - some of this stuff (Japan, Ultravox "Vienna") I'm familiar with, will check out the rest

Οὖτις, Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:22 (eight months ago) link

Metamatic is more to Telekon or Dance, as it is more full electronic sound. That said, Metamatic's sound holds up pretty well for a nearly a 30 year old synth pop record.

I just listened to the first two Ultravox records in a mix with early PIL, Wire, Cabaret Voltaire and others of that turn of the decade sound and their sound fit in very well.

earlnash, Friday, 11 January 2019 01:25 (eight months ago) link

I don't really know of any other electronic rock music that feels like Pleasure Principle. Its sound to me is primarily defined by a patient loping which is heavy as fuck. Other records which have that feel are all by solidly guitar based artists. I don't know of anyone else using mostly synths to go to that place. It is in retrospect such an obvious idea. Synths of that time were heavy as living fuck if you only had the simplicity to let them be so.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 11 January 2019 14:54 (eight months ago) link

digging Ultravox's "Quiet Men", that hits the spot

agree that Numan's setup in this era seems both unique and sort of "duh, why had no one thought of this before". Sorta like the Ramones.

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 January 2019 16:25 (eight months ago) link

Yeah not a lot else has that Numan crunch... I want to say Gary Wright for some reason lol

brimstead, Friday, 11 January 2019 22:26 (eight months ago) link

The impressive thing about The Pleasure Principle is that there's no guitar on it at all. In fact, it's probably the only guitar-less Numan album.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 11 January 2019 22:34 (eight months ago) link


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