Numan later claimed that Warriors pointed the way for his artistic decline throughout the s:. I thought that by getting in some of the best players and singers around I could make the albums more 'musical,' and that my own limitations would be less of a problem.
What I actually did was progressively bury the very style that my fans had enjoyed. For a while I still sang, of course, but I swamped my own performances in huge layers of backing vocals. Musically I became much more of an arranger of noises than a musician, at least, that was how I felt. I didn't realise what I was doing, but with Warriors I was lighting the fires of what came close to being my funeral If burying myself under the impressive performances of [other musicians and singers] was, ultimately, the wrong direction in which to be moving, it did give the albums some stunning musical moments.
Warriors had as fine a bunch of players as it was possible to get. For the recording of the album, Numan retained drummer Cedric Sharpley, keyboardist Chris Payne , and guitarist Russell Bell, all of whom had played on his albums and tours since Pino Palladino , the bassist on Numan's previous album I, Assassin , was unable to return for Warriors.
At Palladino's suggestion, Numan recruited Joe Hubbard as a replacement. Bill Nelson played guitars during the recording of Warriors , giving them more prominence than they had been allowed on I, Assassin. Numan asked Dick Morrissey to be the saxophone player on the album, as he admired his work on the Blade Runner film score. Numan later described Morrissey as "brilliant, a musical genius. First take, perfect, not a single note wrong.
Female backing vocals were also introduced to the Numan sound on Warriors , provided by Tracy Ackerman. Unfortunately, Numan and Bill Nelson quarrelled during the Warriors recording sessions; both artists had different ideas as to how the album should sound, and differing philosophies on music in general.
Numan later recalled:. It seemed as though our reasons for even breathing were completely opposed to one another. For the recording of the album, Numan retained drummer Cedric Sharpley, keyboardist Chris Payne, and guitarist Rrussell Bell, all of whom had played on Numan's albums and tours since At Palladino's suggestion, Numan recruited Joe Hubbard as a replacement.
Numan later described Morrissey as "brilliant, a musical genius. First take, perfect, not a single note wrong. Numan later recalled:. The relationship between Numan and Nelson deteriorated to the point that Numan "would go out and play pool" while Nelson worked in the studio.
Some dubbed the general sound of the album "jazz electro". Numan later conceded that Nelson "did a lot of very inventive things on [ Warriors ] which, because of our differences, I failed to fully appreciate at the time. To be with him in a room when he was playing guitar was an honour. I would just sit back and listen and all my antagonism would float away. Nameless and forgotten Listen to us, they say We are new, we are strong We know how you feel We are good We have the answers How does that sound to you, boys?
Well we're boys We have nothing We're every bad dream you ever had This is the face This is the question If you can't play, can you lose? Something is here Something is wrong I can feel it This is the place This is nothing Here we have nothing to lose We're unseeking Nothing and no sleep All the art of living Love is sex smell Love is no cause Love is a hole in the wall Here love whispers Here love hides Here love is hard to find Something is here Something is wrong I can feel it Picture a man when the heartbeat stops Picture a man when the heartbeat stops Picture a man when the heartbeat stops Picture a man when the heartbeat stops O no.
Warriors is Gary's 7th. To all Gary Numan fans the Numanme Forum is the forum for you a place for you to be completely Numanized.
You can apply for free membership NOW! Numanme Photo Gallery. First, I think the new cover looks sharp. For those fans who cannot handle change, don't worry.
On the back side of the CD booklet is the original cover. All one has to do is turn it around. The booklet has a 5-page article, lyrics to all the tracks save for "Nameless and Forgotten" including the B-sides, and photos of the 12" singles. The inside back of the case has photo disc for the "Warriors" single with the fighter jet.
Like the other Beggars Banquet reissues, it has a photo of Numan on the spine of the case that looks so cool when stored away. Musically, Warriors shows the direction Numan's music was to take on his Numa label.
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