Album: The Pleasure Principle (1979)


  • This song is about a robot that wishes to be a human. Many of Numan's songs explore the relationship between man and technology.
  • Numan's The Pleasure Principle album broke new ground in its use of electronic music, and it has been lauded by Nine Inch Nails, The Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson and many others as a classic. In our 2010 interview with Gary Numan, he explained: "I felt really proud to be part of the electronic thing, in general. You know, it did feel as if it was at the very front end of something new and exciting. The albums that were being made by the electronic people felt as if they were important records, because it felt like an important time - as if this is a new door opening to what music had to offer. And I felt really proud to be just a small part of that. So when I was making Pleasure Principle I didn't think much more than that."

Comments: 3

  • FalconIt's about an android's desire to live like a human.
  • Alec from Lemont Furnace, PaI like Nine Inch Nails version to this song.
  • Cooper from North Salt Lake, Utit has a metallic sound to it the song
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