Gary Numan: Love Hurt Bleed – single review
Gary Numan – Love Hurt Bleed (Mortal Records)

23 September 2013

Now in his fifth decade of recording, Gary Numan releases new single Love Hurt Bleed. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates couldn’t resist.

It’s thirty five years since the release of Tubeway Army, thirty five years! Gary Numan is back with a new single, from the forthcoming Splinter album, and he’s sounding better than ever. His first self-penned album since 2006’s Jagged, if Love Hurt Bleed is anything to go by, it should be a stunner.

His live appearances with, and, admission of his admiration for Nine Inch Nails is very clear as he sounds more like Trent Reznor and his boys than the group do themselves. You can almost hear Numan curl his lip as he lets his trademark snarl free on a pounding, heavy on bass track, aggressive track which promises to have Numanoids the World over whipped into a frenzy.


With enough modern day trickery to entice younger fans, and, several nods back to the early days of Replicas and The Pleasure Principle, Numan has crafted a modern day anthem which should blast the cobwebs from between everyone’s ears on his forthcoming November tour.

There’s little doubt that there have been times over his career where he has stumbled in his own footsteps, but, Love Hurt Bleed is Gary Numan back at his incredible best, and, whilst the Radio Edit of the song steams along magnificently, it’s the Album Version that really roars along with a backing track that is as memorable as the choral lines themselves.

Gary Numan is back with possibly the best single of the year.


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All words by Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found here. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog. Paul is working hard to save Radio Lancashire’s On The Wire, the BBCs longest running alternative music programme. Follow him on twitter as @saveonthewire for all On The Wire news or follow hiapop Blog on Twitter, @hiapop.

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Born and bred in Lancashire, currently residing in the Rossendale Valley. Everything deserves one listen, but, not necessarily a second. Only (ex-Community) DJ to ever play Nat ‘King’Cole followed by Nine Inch Nails, and, eat Fish and Chips live on air.


  1. Better than I Die You Die, We Are Glass, This Wreckage, Are Friends Electric? Back to incredible best? It’s wankey phrases like this that embarrass us real Numan fans. Asshole.


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