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Wall of Sound boss Mark Jones continues to explore the origins of synth pop, talking to electro pioneer Gary Numan and playing a synth meets soul explosion in Mark's Mutant Mash Up.

Electronic music expert and Wall of Sound label boss Mark Jones host the fourth in his series of shows exploring the origins of synth pop.

This week, Mark is joined by electro pioneer Gary Numan to talk about his career and upcoming tour. Numan first came to prominence in 1979 with his chart topping hit 'Are Friends Electric', becoming the poster boy for synthesised music with his albums 'Replicas' and 'The Pleasure Principle.' 30 years after that album was released, Gary tells Mark why it was such a career defining moment for him, why he thinks 'Cars' - its standout moment - made such an impact and how he feels about this month's reissue of the LP, three decades on.

Gary plays music that inspired him throughout his career from David Bowie, Ultravox and Nine Inch Nails. There's also another synth meets soul explosion in 'Mark's Mutant Mash Up' and tunes from Visage, Tiga, Japan and Furniture.

2 hours

Last on

Sat 17 Oct 2009 21:00

Music Played

  • Visage


  • Tiga


  • Gary Numan


  • B-Movie

    Nowhere Girl

  • New Order


  • Spandau Ballet

    To Cut A Long Story Short

  • The Human League

    Empire State Human

  • Heaven 17


  • Thomas Dolby


  • Furniture

    Brilliant Mind

  • Jean‐Michel Jarre

    Oxygène Part III

  • Jean‐Michel Jarre


  • Jean‐Michel Jarre

    Equinoxe Pt 5

  • Logic System

    Domino Dance

  • Untitled

    Gary Numan In Conversation

  • Gary Numan

    Music For Chameleons

  • David Bowie

    The Jean Genie

  • Ultravox

    Slow Motion

  • Nine Inch Nails

    Head Like A Hole

  • Telegram Sam


  • Depeche Mode

    Walking In My Shoes

  • Gary Numan


  • Untitled

    Mark's Mutant Mashup

  • Blue Rondo à la Turk

    Klacto Veesedstein

  • Haircut One Hundred

    Favourite Shirts

  • Kid Creole

    Stool Pigeon

  • The B-52's - Rock Lobster