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Are 'Friends' Electric?
by Tubeway Army

In 2012, 'The Guardian' newspaper (please - bear with me for a second!) published its "60 years of No 1 singles" concept in the 'Pop and Rock' section of its online music content. As one of their "Best No 1 Records", today's selection by 'Tubeway Army', AKA Gary Numan, was put forward as the first real 'electronic' hit by a dedicated 'electronic' band. I don't have time to check up on the facts of that claim, but I do know I've wanted to post this track because it had a profound effect on me at the time, and I got the impression back then that this really WAS 'new' - or even 'new wave', as we would start to call music of this kind a year or so later:


1979: Who was going to step forward after Bowie to deliver the first big 'electronic' hit? No one expected this ...

After David Bowie's "Low" and "Heroes", the race was on for the first big British 'electronic' hit. Everyone knew it was going to happen, because this was the sound of the future. Who would it be: the 'Human League', 'Ultravox', 'Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark'? Nobody expected this to come out of left-field: a slow, almost dirge-y blast of pure teen alienation set in a chill Science Fiction future – or, rather, alternative present – with its intimations of surveillance, gay cruising, and robotic sex. It sounds too much, but Numan sealed it with a perfect, disconnected vocal and a sweeping, whooshing synthetic arrangement. With its two note hook, "Are 'Friends' Electric?" (even the quote marks are of their time) dominated the high summer of 1979.


Thanks to Jon Savage for the words in that piece.

Presenting (almost) a Ziggy Stardust pastiche in his self-image and style, Numan was quite a departure from your standard music-maker of the time, and seemed very charismatic with it too. That idea soon faded though, as his rather wooden future solo performances cruelly exposed his lack of personality - though I should really say borderline autism, which is what he was much later diagnosed with.

The record spent four weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles chart from mid-June to mid-July 1979, but was not chosen for release in the USA.
1979 - Beggars Banquet - United Kingdom - From the album "Replicas".
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