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1979 June Replicas
Title: Replicas 
Artist: Tubeway Army 
Tracklisting:  Me! I Disconnect From You
Are ‘Friends’ Electric ?
The Machman
Praying To The Aliens
Down In The Park
You Are In My Vision
It Must Have Been Years
When The Machines Rock
I Nearly Married A Human
How old: This Album is old!
Release Date: June 1979
Format: LP 
Record Label: Beggars Banquet
Catalogue No: BEGA 7
Price Guide: £7.00
Country:  UK
Additional info: Deleted 
Highest Chart Position: 1
Full Artist List: Produced by Gary Numan

Engineered by John Caffery
Assisted by Harvey Ishiki

Mixed by Rikki Sylvan, John Caffery, and Gary Numan

Recorded at Gooseberry Studios, London

Mixed at Marcus Music AB, London



BBLC 7 CA (Lowdown Series)



 CLICK HERE 1979 Mar Down In The Park 7"

4:20 Down In The Park 3:36  Do You Need The Service? 7"  UK Beggars Banquet BEG 17

 CLICK HERE 1979 Mar Down In The Park 12"

4:20 Down In The Park 3:36 Do You Need The Service? 6:40 I Nearly Married A Human (2) 12" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 17T (5000 issued)

 CLICK HERE 1979 May Are 'Friends' Electric? 7"/12"

5:19 Are 'Friends' Electric? 2:49 We Are So Fragile 7" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 18P (Picture Disc) 7" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 18 5:19 Are 'Friends' Electric? 2:49 We Are So Fragile 12" 

7" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 18P (Picture Disc)

5:19 Are 'Friends' Electric? 2:49 We Are So Fragile 7" UK Beggars Banquet BEG 18P (Picture Disc) 

 CLICK HERE 1979 May Are 'Friends' Electric? 12" US Atco [promo issue]12"

12" WG Intercord INT 126.501

CLICK HERE 2008 Feb Are 'Friends' Electric? 2008 7" PD



Tubeway Army released their second album, Replicas, Gary Numan was on the way to fame with he’s unmistakable focal and the use of the synthesizer, this album led the way of things to come. The album still had a punk feel to it in parts but Numan had embraced the new technology of the synthesizer and developed a dark electro-punk sound. Down In The Park was the first of two single released from the album but unfortunately Down In The Park failed to chart, but on the upside the single sold three times the amount of copies compared to the bands last two singles That's Too Bad and Bombers. Tubeway Army by this time had started attracting a small fan base and the album received some very positive reviews this was to become Gary’s breakthrough album. The new direction proved to be massively successful with the help of the Moog the album and the single Are 'Friends' Electric? topped the U.K. charts the single charted for four weeks. Other highlights for the album are Me! I Disconnect From You, You Are in My Vision, and the self titled track Replicas. The cover had Numan looking at he’s best probably the best image from Numan. This album has become a classic in its own right.

by Numanme

Replicas is a New Wave / electronic album by Gary Numan and Tubeway Army, released in 1979. It was the second and final Tubeway Army LP, following a self-titled debut the previous year. It was also the first album of what Numan later termed the "machine" phase of his career[1], 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 ground-breaking synthetic rock sound. Fuelled by a surprise number 1 hit single, "Are 'Friends' Electric?", Replicas also claimed the top spot in the UK charts.

Something of a concept album, Replicas was based on a book Numan hoped to complete someday[2], 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, surprisingly, 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.

Musically Numan’s chief influences were the as-yet commercially-unsuccessful Ultravox who pioneered the integration of synthesizers with conventional rock instruments; David Bowie’s Low, especially tracks like "Speed of Life" and "Breaking Glass", and general air of disaffection; and Kraftwerk’s The Man Machine, in particular the long and wistful "Neon Lights".

The recording was a development of the sound of its predecessor, the Tubeway Army debut. Whilst tracks like "You Are in My Vision" and "It Must Have Been Years" recalled the earlier album’s guitar-orientated rock, the rest were built solidly around an analog synthesizer, the Minimoog. Along with "Are 'Friends' Electric?", this included the early synth rock number "Me! I Disconnect from You", the atmospheric "Down in the Park" (released as a single prior to the album and acquiring cult status if not, at the time, commercial success), the multi-layered title track and the closing instrumentals "When the Machines Rock" and "I Nearly Married a Human", the latter featuring Numan's first use of a primitive drum machine; it made an appearance the following year in Carl Sagan's TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

Replicas' fat synthesizer sound and occasionally nihilistic lyrics had a major impact on the goth rock and industrial acts that came to prominence in the mid-nineties such as Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, each of whom have appeared on stage with Numan and covered his songs on record. Both Manson and Foo Fighters released versions of "Down in the Park" whilst "Are 'Friends' Electric?" has been covered by a number of artists and was most recently the backing for Sugababes' "Freak Like Me". Numan has always played tracks from this album on stage with "Me! I Disconnect from You", "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and "Down in the Park" being mainstays, whilst "Praying to the Aliens" and "Replicas" have also lately become part of his live repertoire.

Of the bonus tracks released on CD, "Do You Need the Service?" and "We Are So Fragile" were B-sides on the vinyl singles "Down In The Park" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?", respectively; "I Nearly Married a Human (2)" was an additional B-side on the "Down in the Park" 12-inch; and "The Crazies", "Only a Downstat" and "We Have a Technical" were outtakes from the Replicas sessions first released on vinyl in 1985.


Replicas - Gary Numan/Tubeway Army 1979 

In my opinion, 'Replicas' is the complete package and the perfect album for the time. I think it's on par with 1980's 'Telekon' and is my favourite Numan album. It's the first one I ever got and was bought for me by my Nan for my 11th Birthday. At a time when the charts were filled with cheesy disco tracks, dodgy rock groups and one hit wonders, out came this album to blow everyone else away. It was a statement, it said to the world "This is what you're getting now, bin the rest and join the Tubeway Army" 

Gary Numan states that this album was originally written as a series of short stories and you can see quite clearly throughout the album who Numan's influences were. He was reading a lot of Philip K Dick and William Burroughs at the time and it shows. Apparently, the album which was recorded at Gooseberry Studios in London took less than a week to record but it doesn’t show signs of a rush job. The previous album 'The Blue album' (Tubeway Army) dabbled in synths sounds but with 'Replicas', Numan used them a lot more. There are 2 tracks on the album where Numan goes all out on the synth sound to make yet another statement that this is the sound of the future. 

The theme of the album takes the 'Bladerunner' route in a way. Philip K Dick wrote the book 'Do androids dream of electric sheep?' which Numan was reading and which later turned into the 'Bladerunner' film. Gary Numan had his own slant on this with his own characters too (Machmen). 

When I got my copy of 'Replicas' in 1979 I sat there staring at the cover for ages..it's stunning and features Gary in an empty, cold looking room, dressed in jet black with white hair and white makeup. He is looking out of the window, down at the park where a figure can just be seen in a grey coat and hat. The reflection in the window sees Numan with his hands crossed (something I never noticed at first)..I take it that this is Gary Numan as a Machman? The back cover features a close up of Numan's eye. According to Numan, the only way you could tell a Machman from a real person was the black bar that went through the middle of their eyeball. 

So, on to the tracks - The album starts off with 'Me, I Disconnect from you'. A simple 'Close Encounters' style synth line brings the track to life. The guitars and synths work well with Numan's vocals and it became a favourite live track. Numan's first number 1 single 'Are 'friends' electric?' follows this and gives you some kind of indication on how the rest of the album will go. This track was the track that got me into Numan in the first place and Numan's many appearances on TOTP's and any show that was going surely sold more copies of this album. 
'Praying to the aliens' and 'The Machman' (a rockier track) keep side 1 going nicely and 'Down in the Park', a track written about Central Park (apparently) and features everything that 'Replicas' is about, finishes it off. 'Down in 'The Park' is a lot of peoples favourite Numan track and it's a shame that it didn’t get a re-release after the success of 'Are 'friends' Electric?'. It makes full use of the synths with bass and drums and Numan has never sounded better. 

'You are in my Vision' kicks off the second part of the album and gets a bit rockier with the guitars in the forefront. 'Replicas' the next track and the title track of the album is full on. The lyrics and the way Numan sings them, make you think that Numan is being mistaken for someone else..."and the police came, and they said it was me, and I just walked away"..This is where the Machmen, Clones etc come into play. 
'It must have been years' confused a lot of people..lyrics like.."The driver wants to touch me"..and "A man leaves saying thank you" and "He's so strong I just can't move maybe I don't want to anyway"..helped the bullies at school with their ammunition against the Numan haters..."He's gay so you're gay!" were some of the comments thrown at me and more likely anyone else that followed Numan. 
'It must have been years' is the rockiest track on the album and the guitars really rock out. 

The last 2 tracks on 'Replicas'..'When the machines rock' and 'I nearly married a human' are full on synth fests. Numan using the moogs to full effect to show that the new decade was just around the corner and this was how things were going to be. He made even more of a statement with the synths on his follow up a few months later 'The Pleasure Principle' by dropping the guitars altogether. 

To me, 'Replicas' is the real deal. It may have taken 5 days to record but it's well thought out. The order of the tracks, the lyrics and the cover itself. Everything is just perfect. If you only have one Numan album in your collection, 'Replicas' should be that album! 

An easy 10/10

by zomzom

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