Additional information about this Tubeway Army vinyl art.
Tubeway Army – The Artist
Tubeway Army were a UK, new wave and electronic band led by lead singer Gary Numan. They were the first band of the electronic era to have a synthesiser-based number-one hit, with their single Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and its parent album Replicas both topping the UK charts in mid-1979. After its release, Numan opted to drop the Tubeway Army name and release music under his own name as he was the sole songwriter, producer and public face of the band, but he retained the musicians from Tubeway Army as his backing band.
Are ‘Friends’ Electric – The Song
Are ‘Friends’ Electric? was written and produced by Gary Numan, the Tubeway Army frontman and lead vocalist. A gloomy song of paranoia and loneliness, Are ‘Friends’ Electric? had a distinctive sound which made it stand out at the time. Sales also benefited from the record company’s use of a picture disc and Numan’s striking, “robotic” performance on the TV shows, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops. Since it release Are ‘Friends’ Electric? has been a mainstay of Numan’s concerts and appears on all ten of his official live recordings to date.
Gary Numan- The Shape
This record has been crafted into the silhouette face of Gary Numan. The distinctive silhouette of Gary Numan was first used on the Berserka album and has since been used on numerous record single labels and promotional material. It has become widely recognised by Numan fans throughout the world and is used on much of his promotional material and has even been seen as a tattoo on diehard fans.
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