AFENet Interview - Interviews with Fans of Gary Numan

Volume 9 - 28 December 1998 - 17 December 1999

Your Name ?: Arick Szymecki

Your Age ?: 20

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 16

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: 1 or 2

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : Yes

What is your favourite Numan album ? : Telekon

What is your favourite Numan song ? : I die: You die

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: Skinny Puppy

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: no one in the US knows who he is, save for kids into fear factory

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: 3

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: owning my own independant record label by 19

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: not finishing high school

What is your favourite TV Program ? : don't watch tv anymore

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : very moved, happy to know someone else feels alienated and insecure

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: premature ejaculation, just kidding....

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: never...grrrrrr

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : have Cleopatra support his new album immensely stateside

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ? : probably, it's worth a whirl. who would have guessed from punk to electronics or to jazz?

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: outland

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: Yes

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : Dark off Exile

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: yeah, but he could use a programmer more.

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: because Gary is amazing and the world is nuts for not realizing it.

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: when he learns to re-do some older tracks or hire me to do his programming on the new shiznit.

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: me. or at least Nivek Ogre


Your Name ?: Jessica Frymyer

Your Age ?: 17

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 15

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: In my house, watching Rage when Cars came on.

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : No

What is your favourite Numan album ? : I don't know. All ones I got are cool.

What is your favourite Numan song ? : Hard to say.

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: Rammstein, silverchair, Korn, Spiderbait, Orgy, Mavis's, heaps of others.

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: Nothing really.

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: None I know of.

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: Don't know.

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: Don't know

What is your favourite TV Program ? : South Park, Rage, lots of others.

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : Excellent. Cars was in my head for a long time. I feel great when I hear Numan on radio- which is rare !

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: That war would end.

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: None, never came in the last decade or so

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : More radio airplay, more publicity really. People I know had ever heard of him because he had not much publicity here in Australia.

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ? : Depends how he went about it. I don't think he would go in that direction.

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: No

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: No

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : Definitely I'm an Agent. And Remind Me To Smile. Telekon has songs that should be singles but are not.

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: Yes. Those producers are very hard to find.

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: Because we love his music and get carried away.

Are you a musician ?: Yes

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: Hmm that is a hard one. Probably won't. Make the style more modern each time.

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: Rammstein. That would be so cool. One thing, the lyrics aren't in English so...


Your Name ?: chris willis

Your Age ?: 33

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 13

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: a friends house

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : No

What is your favourite Numan album ? : all of them ( except Machine and Soul )

What is your favourite Numan song ? : jo the waiter ? not sure

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: sorry I am too one eyed

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: constant piss taking from ignorant people!

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: lots

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: meeting Gary/staying healthy/seeing Villa win the European Cup

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: not seeing Gary live before 1983/not knowing what direction to take when leaving school hence not taking any exams

What is your favourite TV Program ? : only fools and horses

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : mind blowing

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: my success rate with the girlies

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: 90 ( Manchester in October will be 91 )

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : Yes

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : Ask Gary!

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ?: definately - although I hope it is'nt

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: Machine and Soul

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: Yes

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : jo the waiter

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: not sure?

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: "strangest living boy you could ever wish to see - that's me" sums it up!

Are you a musician ?: No

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: Now hopefully! It is like an albatross around his neck ( in some ways )

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: Jean Michel Jarre


Your Name ?: mark oxman smith

Your Age ?: 32

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 16

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: casa disco a shop

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : Yes

What is your favourite Numan album ? : telecom

What is your favourite Numan song ? : on broadway

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: omd

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: the posotive or negative side

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: 3

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: having a job since leaving school

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: my divorce

What is your favourite TV Program ? : all of it !!!!

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : tingles down my neck

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: third world debt

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: 9

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : keep liking him

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ? : no

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: beserker

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: No

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : on broadway

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: yes

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: because we all have great memories of the days out at shows

Are you a musician ?: No

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: well see

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: eddy izzard


Your Name ?: Lisa

Your Age ?: 20

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 11

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: Looking through my dads LP's

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : No

What is your favourite Numan album ? : Dance

What is your favourite Numan song ? : Seed of a lie

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: Tori Amos

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: knowing very few Numan fans

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: 4

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: decent job, good record collection

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: not meeting Numan

What is your favourite TV Program ? : Only fools and horses/simpsons

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : mmm..don't know. I thought " I like this, lets listen to some more..."

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: No income Tax for a start

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: only 2!!!

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : Play his music on every channel, protest march?

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ?: probably would..yes

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: The Plan

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: Yes

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : The seed of a lie

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: No I think he does fine

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: Yes, I used to be...but I wish I could see him more often

Are you a musician ?: No

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: why should he?

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: Tori


Your Name ?: Anyone Remember the Troubadour in Burntwood?

Your Age ?: 35

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 16

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: At Home

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : Yes

What is your favourite Numan album ? : telekon

What is your favourite Numan song ? : M.E.

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: Rush

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: People saying who?

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: 4

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: Staying Happy

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: Not getting to meet Gary via Jim'll Fix It!

What is your favourite TV Program ? : Thin Blue Line

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: Four

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ?: Yep

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: Dance

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: Yes

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : Remind me to Smile

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: His Live Shows Were Something Else

Are you a musician ?: No

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: Prodigy



Your Name ?: colin Snell

Your Age ?: 14

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 12

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: Watching a classic video program on t.v (CARS)

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : Yes

What is your favourite Numan album ? : REPLICAS

What is your favourite Numan song ? : DOWN IN THE PARK

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: DAVID BOWIE

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: People often know have'nt a clue who he is and they think people like myself who look like him are freaks!

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: 2

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: lipsyncing to Me! Idisconnect to you(live version) in front of school for drama activity(people loved it)

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: Dying my hair jet black like numan,(although cool looked horrible on me)I have the exact white hair tubeway army style now.

What is your favourite TV Program ? : saturday night live

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : Like I entered the year 2050,another futuristic world,very cool

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: Gary never "quit" touring at wembley 1981.His carrer would have gone by so much better

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: none i'm 14!And I live in vancouver Canada

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : Tennagers like me listen to a lot of 70's and 80's music and seeing a character like him so diffrent is refresing and his personas would work even today.

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ? : yes

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: Outland

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: Yes

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : Tracks(live touring principle version)

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: does'nt matter as long as we get that numan sound and mood

Why are we all such fanatical fans ?: because gary is unlike any other artist.His chemistry and devotion to fans is huge

Are you a musician ?: Yes

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: Exile was good but it would be nice for him to pull out the old moog sounds.

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: David Bowie


Your Name ?: Legion

Your Age ?: 17

How old were you when you became a fan ?: 13

Where were you when you first heard Gary's music ?: Sitting on my floor, staring at the ceiling fan

Have you ever tried to look like Gary ? : No

What is your favourite Numan album ? : Telekon or the Plan

What is your favourite Numan song ? : Photograph

Apart from Numan what is your favourite group/artist ?: Leather Strip

What is the worst aspect of being a Numan fan ?: 2 things, older Numan fans don't take you seriously, and I live in america, so it is really hard to find anything, that and he has been here I think twice since I was born.

How many other Numan fans do you know (offline) ?: 6

What has been your greatest achievement in life ?: Holding on, as strong as it may be

What has been your greatest failure in life ?: Almost giving up

What is your favourite TV Program ? : Kids in the Hall

How did you feel the first time you heard Gary's music ? : Inspired to do something musical with my life

If you could change one thing in the world. what would it be ?: I would end pain

How many times have you seen Gary live ?: once, on his american "exile" tour

Do you have a Gary Numan related tattoo ? : No

Does Garys disregard for fans thoughts on God offend you ?: No

How can we get the word out about Gary ? : To be honest, I hope he stays where he's at, I like knowing that there's a band that I can relate to and be inspired by that nobody else can take from me.

If Gary's next album were in a country-and-western style, would you buy it ?: ummm........I would buy it.....then hide it.

Do you have a least favourite Gary Numan album ?: I have Outland

Do you still buy any of your music on vinyl ?: Yes

What track do you most wish Gary had released as a single ? : Photograph

Could Gary benefit from using a producer that respected and understood his style ?: I think it all depends on him really. If he thinks that it will get his music more recognized, then sure.

hy are we all such fanatical fans ?: I think it's because you can almost get this feeling that your on a personal level with Gary. He doesn't have that arogant rock star attitude. He really cares about his fans and thats whats important.

Are you a musician ?: Yes

When is Gary going to stop rehashing Cars and getting back to what he's good at ?: When I unlock my doors........

Who would you like to see Numan do a duet with ?<: me

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