“I, Assassin” by Gary Numan - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1982 →Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s →

TJR says

The fourth album in four years from the hard-working 24-year-old maintains his consistent form, and continues his fascination with that moody Japan sound. If Mick Karn wouldn't provide the fretless bass, he was determined to find someone who could, and connected with the up-and-coming experimental bassist, Pino Palladino. Said Numan: “He was brilliant. I had never heard playing like it… he came up with stunning bass lines, song after song. I leaned on him heavily during the making of the album. I pushed his playing to the forefront of the tracks and, inadvertently, created a new style. It was one of the first times that the fretless bass had been used as the lead melody instrument, allowing the album to be atmospheric, dreamy and funky.” It was another Top 10 album, housing three memorable hit singles: “Music For Chameleons” (#19), “We Take Mystery (To Bed)” (#9) and “White Boys And Heroes” (#20).

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [06:23] 6.5.png Gary Numan - White Boys And Heroes (Gary Webb) Electronica
A2 [05:05] 5.7.png Gary Numan - War Songs (Gary Webb) Electronica
A3 [06:13] 5.6.png Gary Numan - A Dream Of Siam (Gary Webb) New Wave
A4 [06:06] 9.2.png Gary Numan - Music For Chameleons (Gary Webb) New Wave
B1 [04:52] 5.3.png Gary Numan - This Is My House (Gary Webb) Electronica
B2 [05:26] 5.4.png Gary Numan - I, Assassin (Gary Webb) New Wave
B3 [03:55] 7.3.png Gary Numan - The 1930's Rust (Gary Webb) Jazz
B4 [06:10] 6.7.png Gary Numan - We Take Mystery (To Bed) (Gary Webb) New Wave

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