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Classic Album Review: Gary Numan | Scarred

The Cars hitmaker digs through his own crates on this career-spanning concert set.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


I can still remember Gary Numan from back in the early ’80s, dressed in black, banging away at his synthesizer and tooling around the stage in his little personal go-kart on the song Cars.

Well, these days Numan tends to play guitar more than keyboards and that little Shriner-sized auto is nowhere to be found — but not much else seems to have changed. At least not in the performance captured on the two-CD live set Scarred. Digging back into his own crates, Numan leads a band through a set that embraces both his early, synth-based new wave period (Are ‘Friends’ Electric?, Replicas, Films, Observer, Tracks, Metal) and his more recent, more goth-industrial material (Pure, Rip, My Jesus, Little Invitro). What remains constant are his creepy, yelpy vocals, dark outfits — and yes, the inclusion of Cars in the set list. It’s the only way to live, as I understand.

 

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