Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric (1979) - Toppop

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Are 'Friends' Electric?" is a 1979 song by the English band Tubeway Army. Taken from their album 'Replicas', it was released as a single in May 1979 and reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks. It was written and produced by Gary Numan, the band's frontman and lead vocalist.
"Are 'Friends' Electric?" features three different sections: a recurring "verse" with a synth riff in C and B flat, a recurring section with spoken word over slow arpeggiated seventh chords, and an instrumental break in F. The instrumentation is quite minimal: there is a conventional drum and bass guitar backing track, some additional heavily flanged guitar (particularly in the instrumental break), subdued vocals and, most prominently, Minimoog and Polymoog synthesisers. These synth parts include portamento background lines.
This video features Gary Numan on vocals and Billy Currie from Ultravox on Synths.
Its highest position in the Dutch Top 40 was #9 on 25 August 1979.
This is a different version of the Tubeway Army video we released earlier.

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Broadcast date:
5 April 1979

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