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1979 May Are 'Friends' Electric?
Title: Are 'Friends' Electric?
Artist: Gary Numan + Tubeway Army 
Tracklisting:  1. Are 'Friends' Electric? 5:20 
2. Down In The Park 4:20 
How old: This Single is old!
Release Date: 1979 May
Format: 7"
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalogue No: 11 364
Price Guide: £20.00
Additional info: Deleted 
Highest Chart Position: 1
Full Artist List: Gary Numan (Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals)
Paul Gardiner (Bass)
Jess Lidyard (Drums)

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



Are 'Friends' Electric? Came out on the 4 May Gary never expected it to become such a mammoth hit. Are 'Friends' Electric? was actually two songs put together and over five minutes long, it was also decided to release it as a picture disc. Picture disc were a very new thing back in them days and serious record collectors were buying anything that came out in Picture disc format, over 20.000 picture disc where pressed but Gary did not get any royalties on the picture disc. The release of the picture disc helped propel 'Friends' Electric? Into the top75 the rise to fame was on its way. Gary and the band were asked to appear on Top Of The Pops.Top Of The Pops had been running a feature called Bubbling Under featuring bands whose single was outside the main chart but showed significant movement yet another stroke of luck, after this performance Are 'Friends' Electric? Was selling 40,000 copies a day. After several appearances on Top Of The Pops Are 'Friends' Electric? Progressively climbed the chart in at 48 then 27 then 20, 13, 7, then at last number 1 and spent an amazing four weeks at the top and a total of 16 weeks in the top 75 listings. Are Friends Electric? the quintessential Gary Numan record and surely a template for any of today's aspiring synth-rock wannabes, Numan's fractured, disembodied vocals sit perfectly against a wall of analogue trickery, a timeless classic which captured the hearts and minds of many disillusioned youngsters back in 1979, the charts had at last given birth to a 'proper' solo star unlike any other. 


Are 'Friends' Electric?
(1979 single, from "Replicas" album)

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

Now the light fades out
And I wonder what I'm doing
In a room like this
There's a knock on the door
And just for a second I thought
I remembered you

So now I'm alone
Now I can think for myself
About little deals
And S.U's
And things I just don't understand
A white lie that night
Or a sly touch at times
I don't think it meant anything to you

So I open the door
It's the 'friend' that I'd left in the hallway
'Please sit down'
A candlelit shadow on a wall near the bed

You know I hate to ask
But are 'friends' electric?
Only mine's broke down
And now I've no-one to love

So I found out your reasons
For the phone calls and smiles
And it hurts
And I'm lonely
And I should never have tried
And I missed you tonight
It must be time to leave
You see it meant everything to me 

Down In The Park
(Single from 'Replicas' album, 1979)

Down in the park
Where the machmen
Meet the machines
And play 'Kill by numbers'
Down in the park
Wit a friend called 'Five'

I was in a car crash
Or was it the war
But I've never been
Quite the same
Little white lies
Like 'I was there'

Come to 'Zom Zoms'
A place to eat
Like it was built
In one day
You can watch the humans
Trying to run

Oh look
There's a rape machine
I'd go outside
If he'd look the other way
You wouldn't believe
The things they do

Down in the park
Where the chant is
'Death, death, death'
Until the sun cries morning
Down in the park
With friends of mine

We are not lovers
We are not romantics
'We are here to serve you'
A different face
But the words never change 

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