Replicas

Release date
9 Jun 1998
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
77:02

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tubeway Army - Me! I Disconnect From You 3:24 11,653
2 Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric? 5:21 22,388
3 Tubeway Army - The Machman 3:08 12,223
4 Tubeway Army - Praying to the Aliens 4:08 11,675
5 Tubeway Army - Down In The Park 4:24 16,280
6 Tubeway Army - You Are in My Vision 3:22 11,327
7 Tubeway Army - Replicas 5:02 10,822
8 Tubeway Army - It Must Have Been Years 4:04 9,889
9 Tubeway Army - When the Machines Rock 3:15 9,442
10 Tubeway Army - I Nearly Married a Human 6:31 8,874
11 Tubeway Army - Do You Need the Service? 3:42 7,841
12 Tubeway Army - The Crazies 2:54 6,674
13 Tubeway Army - Only a Downstat 3:36 6,736
14 Tubeway Army - We Have a Technical 8:00 6,883
15 Tubeway Army - We Are So Fragile 2:55 7,424
16 Tubeway Army - I Nearly Married a Human 2 6:38 4,408
Tubeway Army (Gary Numan) - I Nearly Married A Human (2) 6:38 14

About this album

Replicas is an album by the British band Tubeway Army, released in 1979. It was the second and final Tubeway Army LP, following a self-titled debut the previous year. After this, Tubeway Army frontman Gary Numan would continue to release records under his own name, though the musicians in Tubeway Army would continue to work with him for some time. Replicas was the first album of what Numan later termed the “machine” phase of his career, preceding The Pleasure Principle and Telekon, a collection linked by common themes of a dystopian science fiction future and transmutation of man/machine , coupled with an androgynous image and a synthetic rock sound.

Fuelled by a surprise number one hit single, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”, the album also reached number one in the UK charts in July 1979 and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.

Background
Something of a concept album, Replicas was based on a book Numan hoped to complete someday, set in a not-too-distant future metropolis where Machmen (androids with cloned human skin) and other machines keep the general public cowed on orders from the Grey Men (shadowy officials). Whilst the album’s setting and lyrics were directly inspired by the science fiction of Philip K. Dick, particularly his seminal work Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the title was not. Though similar to “Replicants”, the term used for androids in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, based on Dick’s book, Scott’s film came out three years after Tubeway Army’s album and Dick never used the word “Replicant” in his original 1968 novel.

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  • Notjoeybloom

    Is it possible to shape my life around this album?

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • exeter232

    A musical life changing album for me. I only wish I still had the first 1st pressing vinyl.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • radio-tractore

    Just bought it on vinyl :3

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Riverstokes

    70's gem!

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    I feel so stupid that I never looked into the band Gary Numan was originally in. This is so much better than his solo work.t7b

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Sonni16

    Ich liebe das Album immer noch - kommt mit auf die Insel!

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Bahkti

    I first heard 'Are 'Friends' Electric'? by Tubeway Army when I was sitting in a graveyard in York in 1979. The music was wafting out from a party in the vicarage attached to it. I was curious and went out and bought the album 'Replicas' straight away the next day and it has been my favourite ever since.

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • THee-BeAtNiK

    Top Notch*

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • circe154

    This is the best album ever recorded. Everything was building up to this record. Music has sucked ever since.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Ensor

    That's because it's now (finally) been corrected and shows the tracklisting from the 1998 CD remaster....apart from that rogue track at the end. Seems "last.fm" do occasionally listen to their users. :-)

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jessesamuel

    The tracklist is exactly the same as on my CD, except for the unnumbered one at the end.

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Ensor

    Not only that, the tracks listed here are a mish-mash of those from several different (re)releases.

    16 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Babs_05

    yep 1979

    26 Mar 2008 Reply
  • TheDarkOrb

    I'm pretty sure that this album was released in 1979 not 1998.

    9 Dec 2007 Reply
  • dasNeonlicht

    This is the coldest album I own.

    15 Nov 2007 Reply

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