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Tubeway Army


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London, United Kingdom (1977 – 1979)

Tubeway Army’s main claim to fame is that Gary Webb (aka Gary Numan) first came to the public’s attention here. The band was formed in London, UK in 1977 by Gary Numan and the late Paul Gardiner. What started as a British punk band would evolve into something quite different. During the recording of their self-titled first album (“Tubeway Army”) in 1978, Numan came across a Minimoog synthesizer accidentally left in the studio which would end up being used in several of the album’s songs. The change in sound served well for the band as their first album would go on to sell out its small initial pressing despite not charting.

The release of their second album “Replicas” in 1979 finally gave Numan the success he had been trying to achieve from the start with the single “Are Friends Electric?”, the song topping the British charts for four weeks. The band’s cold electronic take on minimalistic pop took a little while to catch on with the music audience at large, but proved to be of lasting influence. Combining the artistic and poetic tendencies of David Bowie (especially the Berlin years) with sequenced synthesizers along the lines of Kraftwerk presaged the whole genre of in the 1980s.

In late 1979, after the success of “Replicas”, Numan dropped Tubeway Army and went on to record as a solo artist.

It’s also worthy of note that during 1979, while his band “Ultravox” were on hiatus, Billy Currie collaborated with Gary on material for both “Replicas” and Gary’s first solo album “The Pleasure Principle”.

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  • Moonlight__Dawn

    I had a friend to remind me about Gary Numan - I forgot just how much I liked his music until I started listening to him again. He's great! Digging Tubeway Army again after all these years! <3

    30 May 6:31pm Reply
  • hellionhound

    So Good! [2]

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    What's amazing is that Replicas sound "futuristic" in 1979 and it still does!

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dazza333


    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Strokarlos

    love the 2 albums but 'Replicas' Man ....absolutely great

    30 Aug 2013 Reply
  • d0l

    and now i've no one to love

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed!

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rustco

    A fuckin' ripper.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ekesner

    So Good!!!

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • myrthiiisramone


    25 Nov 2012 Reply


    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Gordonz

    Maybe if you told us what "/ = /" exactly means then they will realize. You can be under listened to (whatever the hell that really means, considering it sounds retarded to say something should be listened to a certain amount of times) without being underrated. Hell most of the shit that is extensively listened to on this site is way overrated, so I'll take my less heard gold and be happy with it.

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    People on Last Fm need to realize that underrated /=/ under listened.

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Akatian

    "gary numan listens to my older nazi boyfriend" lol wat

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Lendadal

    Still hot!

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • Tonyduckworth

    @idlewoodarian. The original version of DITP was on Replicas and did not have guitar on it. It was performed live on TV on OGWT in 1979 and may have been embellished with guitar on that.

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • siandoll

    One of my absolute favourite bands, Gary Numan is AMAZING.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Akatian

    We have a technical.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • idlewoodarian

    Hey, does anyone know if the original version of "Down in the Park" features a guitar on it ? I can only find an all-synthesizer version, and I've heard it's some kind of remastered version, without guitar when there was one on the original version. Plus I've heard live versions that are definitely heavier and darker than the version I have...

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • JimmyCos

    Underrated band, and damn, even fans of tubeway army don't care about the first album...first shout of 2011!

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
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