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#11541 - Tue, 10 Jul 2007 22:14:00 Currie and Numan
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I have been listening to alot of Numan these days and I was wondering what everyone else thought about Billy's work with Numan.
I think that Billy's contribution was superior (and in my opinion underrated) and I enjoy the tracks he played on more than those he didn't. I know Numan changed his approach, sound, etc over time and during different tours but I stand firm that Billy's sound greatly enhanced the tracks.

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#11542 - Tue, 10 Jul 2007 22:34:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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i agree with u , maryann !

billy added something rather worthy to numan's music - jus' like he ( billy ) did with ultravox' & some other bands music too ! :-)

billy is indeed a very skilled musician & a worthy band member in general , but hardly a good band leader , as especially his failed "revival" of the ultravox name has proven very clearly in the past ! ;-o

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#11543 - Tue, 10 Jul 2007 22:52:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Some of the touring principle '79 tracks would never have sounded as they did, without Billy. When the tour continued without him in early '80 a lot of the songs were improved overall, but the solo synth parts were not.

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#11544 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 01:20:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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The synth solo at the end of Everyday I Die performed by Denis Haines at Wembley in 1981 (ie the performance on the Micromusic video) is generally seen (by most Numan muso people) as definitive (arguably more listenable than Billy's "I'm making this up as I go along" LO 79 version).

Not arguing the point about Billy's quality but he didn't really play on much Numan apart from a bit of violin on The Pleasure Principle and synths on the early part of the 79 UK tour-wherever there was a screeching lead sound though or warbling solo, you'd find a Billy.

Billy was never likely to be in anyone's backing band for very long though. smile

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#11545 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 02:11:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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I must protest most strongely about...oh hang on! I agree!! bemused

Personally I liked Billy's very improvised playing on all the songs he did for the touring principle, but Dennis playing on 'Everyday I Die' from the wembley shows is a classic. He too improvised a bit on the three shows, but admittedly not as much as Billy.

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#11546 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 18:21:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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lummy lummy Flip - you're a brave man!

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#11547 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 19:07:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Not arguing the point about Billy's quality but he...was never likely to be in anyone's backing band for very long though.
Jeez, Phil...don't you ever learn?!? Still, I don't think he's been around the site much lately so you might escape a rebuff.

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#11548 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 19:25:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Jeez, Phil...don't you ever learn?!? Still, I don't think he's been around the site much lately so you might escape a rebuff.
That's gonna depend on how much dental treatment he's had recently...

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#11549 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 19:49:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Its worth remembering some here 'in' or slightly 'around' the bizz have had a few moments with the stars. Maybe its time for a new thread, 'arguement styles of the rich and famous'.

Following from yesterday I played some of the first wembley night, especially 'Everyday I Die' and lets just say Dennis was pretty much playing note for note even in the solo's. confused2

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#11550 - Wed, 11 Jul 2007 21:37:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Well some musicians are better learning things off by heart; not all can improvise - perhaps Denis couldn't, while Billy certainly can.

He said...making sure he stays in Billy's good books for the foreseeable future... bemused

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#11551 - Thu, 12 Jul 2007 00:34:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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crawly bum lick.

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#11552 - Thu, 12 Jul 2007 03:09:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Self preservation, old man... wink

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#11553 - Thu, 12 Jul 2007 21:07:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Billy's da man, I've never seen another keyboard player whip down 5 octaves with precision like he did...amazing eek

Out of all the people that have used ARP's within their keyboard rigs, Billy knew instinctively when & where to go on the front panel of that synth excited

I think touring with Gary Numan was a nice wee busmans holiday for our Bill before getting down to some serious 'Ultravox' business wink

Currie & Numan....nah Curry n' Nan smile

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#11554 - Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:42:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Billy's da man, I've never seen another keyboard player whip down 5 octaves with precision like he did...amazing eek

Out of all the people that have used ARP's within their keyboard rigs, Billy knew instinctively when & where to go on the front panel of that synth excited
INDEED.

"On Broadway." I rest my case.

- Volglory

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#11555 - Thu, 20 Sep 2007 21:52:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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INDEED. "On Broadway." I rest my case. [/QB]
You sure said it !!

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#11556 - Fri, 21 Sep 2007 04:03:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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That famous '79 version of 'On Broadway' was made all the more impressive as other performances of that track throughout the tour were structured the same way, but still improvised within in. My favorite is still the official release, its just a great classic.

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#11557 - Mon, 24 Sep 2007 01:32:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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The synth solo on 'On Broadway' is probably my all time favorite. The solo on 'Everyday I Die' on the Living Ornaments '80 album is another favorite.

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#11558 - Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:05:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Personally, this is one of the best versions ever of a Numan song

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5qqTh79zN2o

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#11559 - Mon, 05 Nov 2007 07:50:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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lmao

Here in my flying CARpet.

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#11560 - Tue, 06 Nov 2007 05:11:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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Personally, this is one of the best versions ever of a Numan song

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5qqTh79zN2o
Grrrr!!!! Sakrileg...This sounds like the music from my turkish friends on a sunday afternoon in Berlin-Kreuzberg...that's "the horror-principle"...

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#11561 - Sun, 13 Jan 2008 05:08:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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There's nothing to touch Billy's solo on On Broadway - brilliant. I don't doubt that even Gary himself can't have failed to be blown away by what Billy did that night on LO '79 as it is one of the definitive moments of any Numan gig ever. Simply mesmerising.

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#11562 - Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:04:00 Re: Currie and Numan
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There's nothing to touch Billy's solo on On Broadway - brilliant.
Yes, it is worth repeating:
Billy's work .. On Broadway.. genius..

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