Gary Numan: Android in La La Land
In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Gary Numan, the godfather of electronic pop music, took the sound of early electronica and fused it with an white-faced, black-eyed “android” alter ego, creating a unique sound and inspiring a legion of admiring Numanoids. Topping the charts with songs about the merits of being an android and the solitude of car interiors, Numan took the planet by storm. Although hugely successful in his early career, life for the musician was far from easy. Numan achieved his success while coping with Asperger’s syndrome, which he says was the cause of his robotic performing persona. The general public knew little about the condition at the time, and the media weren’t kind: Labeled a freak, Numan was often attacked by the music press. Depression, anxiety, near-bankruptcy, and a long period in the wilderness followed. Thankfully, Numan experienced a renewed passion for writing and performing when he met his future wife, Gemma, who was a childhood Numan fan. Inspired by Gemma to get back into the studio and back on the stage, Numan has gone on to produce some of his best work, forever pushing the boundaries of musical innovation. Filmed with candor, warmth, and humor, “Android In La La Land” explores life for Numan and his family as they set up a new home in California and as he records “Splinter,” his eagerly anticipated new album.