Talk about tapping into the Zeitgeist.
Synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan’s latest album, Savage (Songs From a Broken World), might be a concept record about a dystopian future society ravaged by global warming, but its apocalyptic tone feels perfectly in tune with life in the era of Trump.
Maybe that’s why Savage has done better than anything else Numan has released since his new-wave-era heyday—the LP hit the No. 2 spot on the official U.K. album chart and also gave the man born Gary Anthony James Webb his first Top 40 entry on the Billboard 200 since 1979. Not bad for a record with such uplifting song titles as “My Name Is Ruin” and “The End of Things”!
All of this suggests that Numan has attracted a lot of new converts recently, but long-time fans needn’t worry. When he plays the Rickshaw Theatre on Thursday (November 23), he is practically obligated to play “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”.