Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric? (1979)

Londoners Tubeway Army released their latest single Are Friends Electric? on May 4, 1979. The song is written and produced by Gary Numan, leader and singer of the group. It was included on their second studio album Replicas, released on the independent label Beggars Banquet (UK) and Atco (USA).

Tubeway Army were a new wave and electronic music band founded in 1975, the first to reach number one with a synth theme. The original group consisted of Gary Numan (vocals, guitar and synths), Paul Gardiner (backing vocals and bass) and Jess Lidyard (drums). They disbanded after their second album and Gary Numan continued solo.

Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric

Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric? (Lyrics)

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’m wondering 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 *issues*
And things that I just don’t understand
Like a white lie that night
Or a slight 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 candle lit a shadow on a wall near the bed

You know I hate to ask
But, are `friends’ electric?
Mine’s broke down
And now I’ve no one to love

So I find out your reason
For the phone calls and smiles
And it hurts
And I’m lonely
And I should never have tried
And I missed you tonight
So it’s time to leave
You see this means everything to me

(From Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric? Lyrics)