Gary Numan – Telekon -1980 - New Wave, Synth-pop ( vinyl )
Gary Numan – Telekon -1980 - New Wave, Synth-pop (vinyl)
In contrast to The Pleasure Principle, with its lack of guitars and its robotic sound, Telekon featured heavy use of guitars and strings along with richer synthesizer textures. Numan broadened his previous synth palette with additional machines such as the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, ARP Pro Soloist and Roland Jupiter-4.
"The Joy Circuit" used a combination of analogue synths with solo violin and viola, while its lyrics referenced William Burroughs, notably "We're on joy circuit/The image fix/Rewind, cry/Well, it's somewhere to go."
Lyrically, while continuing Numan's exploration of a dystopian future in pieces like the title track and "I Dream of Wires", Telekon also took stock of the artist's sudden celebrity and the apparently overwhelming adulation of his fans in songs like "Remind Me to Smile" ("Reconsider 'fame'/I need new reasons/This is detention/It's not fun at all...Keep your revivals/Keep your conventions/Keep all your fantasies/That's all we are") and "Please Push No More". The album's musical style ranged from upbeat songs such as "I'm an Agent" and "The Joy Circuit" to mood pieces like "Sleep by Windows" and "Remember I Was Vapour".
Like all of Numan's commercially popular early records, Telekon received a largely hostile reception from contemporary music critics; nevertheless it proved to be an influential work. Trent Reznor claimed to have listened to it every day during the making of Pretty Hate Machine and Stephin Merritt from The Magnetic Fields also became a Numan fan through the album. Merritt recorded "I Die: You Die" as his contribution to the Random tribute album in 1997, which also included covers of "I'm an Agent", "Remember I Was Vapour" and "We Are Glass". However the earliest cover of a song from this album, in the very year of its release, was by Robert Palmer, who collaborated with Numan on a version of "I Dream of Wires" for the Clues LP.
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10)
Side 1 - 10
side 2 - 10
|A2||The Aircrash Bureau|
|A4||Remind Me To Smile|
|A5||I Die: You Die|
|B1||I'm An Agent|
|B2||I Dream Of Wires|
|B3||Remember I Was Vapour|
|B4||Please Push No More|
|B5||The Joy Circuit|