Tubeway Army

Label
Beggars Banquet
Release date
1998
Running length
17 tracks
Running time
62:28

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Listen to the Sirens 3:05 6,381
2 My Shadow in Vain 4:14 5,513
3 The Life Machine 2:45 4,385
4 Friends 2:31 4,824
5 Something's in the House 4:14 3,331
6 Everyday I Die 2:22 3,390
7 Steel and You 4:44 3,717
8 My Love Is a Liquid 3:32 3,783
9 Are You Real? 3:23 3,256
10 The Dream Police 3:38 3,573
11 Jo the Waiter 2:39 3,835
12 Zero Bars (Mr. Smith) 3:10 2,069
13 Fadeout 1930 3:12 539
14 Down in the Park (live) 4:35 61
15 On Broadway (live) 4:57 55
16 Everyday I Die (live) 3:45 56
17 Remember I Was Vapour (live) 5:42 72

About this album

Tubeway Army is the debut album by Gary Numan and his band Tubeway Army, released in 1978. Its initial limited-edition run of 5000 (known unofficially as the Blue Album due to its coloured vinyl and cover) sold out but did not chart. When reissued in mid-1979, following the success of the follow-up Replicas (1979), the more commonly-known cover art featuring a stylised portrait of Numan was introduced. This release made number 14 in the UK album charts.

Although only the band’s debut, Tubeway Army has been seen as a transitional record, linking the punk flavour of early singles “That’s Too Bad” and “Bombers” with the electronic music and science fiction imagery of Replicas. The lead-in track, “Listen to the Sirens”, borrows its opening line from the Philip K. Dick novel Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, whilst “Steel and You” contains references to androids (“Just my steel friend and me / I stand brave by his side”). These and a number of other tracks feature primitive synthesizer effects, the legacy of Numan chancing upon a Minimoog in the recording studio one day.

Elsewhere the album’s lyrics generally inhabit a seedy world that has been compared to William Burroughs, an author whose influence Numan has acknowledged. “Friends” concerns male prostitution. “Every Day I Die” is about teenage masturbation. “Jo the Waiter” references drug addiction. “The Life Machine” is told from the perspective of a comatose man on life support who can only “watch from somewhere as the loved ones come and go”.

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  • prominence_la

    Killer album.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • krocronos

    SHOUT!!!! Please, listen to the sirens....... This is my favorite Gary Numa-related album.(2)

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Sosen

    Two shouts? Sad, truly sad. This is my favorite Gary Numa-related album. It sounds like Devo mixed with thrash metal.

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • amyyelle

    AMAZING ALBUM!

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Jarry

    great album

    15 Jan 2007 Reply

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