Gary Numan‘s band TUBEWAY ARMY hit the top spot of the UK Albums Chart with
their second and final album Replicas this day 40 years ago, on 21 July 1979.
Afterward the legendary electro phenomenon started his successful solo career. ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC? was Replicas‘ obvious masterstroke. It was released as a single a couple of months before the longplayer came out and peaked at #1 on the UK singles chart. Last year I saw Numan playing Belgium and this massive killer still sent shivers
down my spine with its irresistible swagger. Here we go…
Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…
23 November 2018
Band: TUBEWAY ARMY
Album: Self-titled debut
Released: 24 November 1978 – 40 years ago
ALL MUSIC wrote: “In the past, many have felt that Numan’s debut disc didn’t measure up to his later triumphs (1979’s Replicas, 1980’s Telekon, etc.), but listening to it today, you discover that it’s the most underrated of all his early albums. Numan & the Tubeway Army were one of the first new wave/punk bands (along with Kraftwerk and Devo) to successfully fuse robotic synthesizers with rock & roll. Gary Numan’s guitar riffing is more prominent here than on any other of his albums, which gives the tunes a splendid Ziggy Stardust feel at times. Kicking things off with several strong compositions…”
Full review here – Score: 4/5
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: The startling start of Gary Numan‘s long and
electro-colorful career and the pre-birth of countless Numanoids worldwide.