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Gary Numan

Are 'Friends' Electric? (5:17)

Despite being over five minutes long and possessing, in the words of its composer, "no recognisable hook-line whatsoever", the single topped the UK charts and is notable for being the first electronic/synthesizer-based record to become a hit in the post-punk era. Whilst the track's new and distinctive sound stood out at the time, sales also benefitted from the record company's use of a picture disc and Numan's…

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It's cold outside
And the paint's peeling off of my walls
There's a man outside
In a long coat, gray hat, smoking a cigarette

Gary Numan - Are 'Friends' Electric? Lyrics


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  • Lovely...⚡️
  • Amazing track another one of my favourites such a classic and one of the best electronic singers going <3
  • I think Placebo was influenced also by him in some of their works
  • “No recognisable hook-line whatsoever” is bullshit. It's obviously that synth riff. Good song.
  • EPIC!!!!
  • so surreal, this song reminds me of ketamine haha
  • references to "do androids dream of electric sheep?"
  • Seminal. One of the truly great slices of music heaven.
  • Man this song is awesome.

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