Watch: The Sci-Fi Films That Shaped Gary Numan


30 years on, and those early Gary Numan records still sound like they're from the future. Whilst his oevre has so much more than Cars and Are 'Friends' Electric, they remain two touchstone tracks – you could almost see them as markers of the dawn of a new computer powered age, and their influence over any music concerning itself with imagining new forms for sound is immense.

It comes as no surprise then that Numan is a big sci-fi fan. In the run-up to his homecoming show at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on the 28th of November, Gary made a special trip to the BFI Southbank to discuss the sci-fi films and television shows which influenced him and how they shaped his lyrics, aesthetics, stage shows and thinking. 

Numan's an eloquent, self deprecating chap, and his ruminations on science fiction are satisfyingly astute – plus he picks some belting films… Watch below