Enjoy the Surreal Minimalism of Gary Numan’s, “Cars”

When discussing the 80’s one thing will always creep up…the subject of excess. Things were big in the 80’s, and this was reflected in the music videos of the time. In order to stand out, videos became bigger and bigger until they were Hollywood films in miniature. But not every video adhered to this formula, some stood out due to their lack of such extravagant trappings, and the best of those was Gary Numan‘s video for his hit song “Cars”.


“Cars” features a few fluorescent lights, a black drop cloth background, and…well, that’s it actually. And that’s all it needs. The starkness only enhances the other worldliness of Numan and his electronics drenched sound.

When I first caught a glimpse of Numan in the video, he might as well have been an alien or an android. There was no one that looked anything like him in the small rural town that I grew up in, but because of that fact, he became a revelation to my friends and I in much the same Bowie must have been when he debuted his Ziggy Stardust character nearly a decade before.

You can check out the surreal minimalism of “Cars” right here:


Stay Spooky!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard! Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula, ol' XIII is a screenwriter, actor, and reviewer of fright flicks! What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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