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Tubeway Army – Replicas
(Beggars Banquet Records  1979  660047  Netherlands Press)

Sleeve in Nr MINT/Excellent+ condition
– some wear to edges/corners
Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition

Vinyl in Nr MINT/Excellent+ condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don’t affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles)

Tubeway Army were a London-based electronic and new wave band led by lead singer Gary Numan. They were the first band of the electronic era to have a synthesiser-based number-one hit, with their single “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and its parent album Replicas both topping the UK charts in mid-1979. After its release, Numan opted to drop the Tubeway Army name and release music under his own name as he was the sole songwriter, producer and public face of the band, but he retained the musicians from Tubeway Army as his backing band.

Replicas is an album by the British band Tubeway Army, released in 1979. It was the second and final Tubeway Army LP, following a self-titled debut the previous year. After this, Tubeway Army frontman Gary Numan would continue to release records under his own name, though the musicians in Tubeway Army would continue to work with him for some time. Replicas was the first album of what Numan later termed the “machine” phase of his career, 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 a synthetic rock sound.

Fuelled by a surprise number one hit single, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”, the album also reached number one in the UK charts in July 1979 and was certified Gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.

Track listing

All songs written by Gary Numan.

  1. “Me! I Disconnect from You” – 3:23
  2. “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” – 5:25
  3. “The Machman” – 3:08
  4. “Praying to the Aliens” – 4:00
  5. “Down in the Park” – 4:24
  6. “You Are in My Vision” – 3:15
  7. “Replicas” – 5:01
  8. “It Must Have Been Years” – 4:02
  9. “When the Machines Rock” – 3:15
  10. “I Nearly Married a Human” – 6:31


  • Gary Numan – keyboards, guitars, vocals, producer, mixing
  • Paul Gardiner – bass guitar
  • Jess Lidyard – drums
  • John Caffery – engineering, mixing
  • Rikki Sylvan – mixing
  • Geoff Howes – photographer
  • Mary Vango – make-up
  • Tony Escott – illustrator
  • Malti Kidia – art director

Tubeway Army was a London-based punk rock and New Wave band led by lead singer Gary Numan. They were the first band of the post-punk era to have a synthesizer-based hit, with their single “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” and its parent album Replicas both topping the UK Album Chart in mid-1979. “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” was also the only song released by Tubeway Army to be a hit single, making the band technically a one-hit wonder; however, the success of Gary Numan often overshadows the band, leaving them off most one-hit lists.


The only constant members were:

  • Gary Numan (also known as “Valerian”; birth name Gary Anthony James Webb) – vocals, guitar, keyboards/synthesizers
  • Paul Gardiner (also known as “Scarlett”) – bass guitar, occasional backing vocals

Other musicians included:

  • Jess Lidyard (also known as “Rael”; Webb’s uncle) – drums (part-time 1976, and 1978/1979, including “That’s Too Bad” single, Tubeway Army and Replicas sessions)
  • Bob Simmonds – drums (late-1977/early-1978)
  • Barry Benn – drums (mid-1978, including “Bombers” single)
  • Sean Burke – guitar (mid-1978, including “Bombers” single)
  • Chris Payne – synthesizers (1979 Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops performances)
  • Billy Currie (of Ultravox) – synthesizers (1979 Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops performances)
  • Cedric Sharpley – drums (1979 Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops performances)
  • Trevor Grant – guitar (1979 Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops performances)

Numan was the driving force of the band, writing the material and producing the recordings. Subsequent albums were issued under his own name once the album Replicas became successful. Gardiner, Sharpley, and Payne continued as his backing band for some years. Gardiner died from a drug overdose in February 1984. Numan’s personal tribute to his former cohort was the song “A Child with the Ghost”, on the album Berserker (1984).

Ced Sharpley born Cedric Sharpley, 31 December 1952; died from a heart attack on 13 March 2012.


Aged 19 years, Gary Webb had fronted London band Mean Street in 1976 (their song “Bunch of Stiffs” appeared on the Live at the Vortex compilation, and was the B-side of the Vortex 7″). Leaving this band acrimoniously, he auditioned as lead guitarist for another band called The Lasers, where he met bass-player Paul Gardiner. The pair left The Lasers soon after and formed Tubeway Army, initially with Webb’s uncle Jess Lidyard on drums. Webb rechristened himself “Valerian”, Gardiner “Scarlett” and Lidyard “Rael”.

Webb was a prolific song-writer and ambitious for commercial success. The band began playing gigs on the punk scene in London and managed to secure a record deal with the independent Beggars Banquet label. They released two guitar-heavy, punk-style singles in the first half of 1978 (“That’s Too Bad”/”Oh! Didn’t I Say”, and “Bombers“/”Blue Eyes”/”OD Receiver”). These failed to chart.

Soon afterwards, the Tubeway Army album was released on blue vinyl, at which point Webb adopted the name “Gary Numan”. Allegedly, Numan actually took his new pseudonym from a local Yellow Pages where a plumber called “Arthur Neumann” was listed, the singer abandoning the German spelling, to become Numan. Whilst still largely guitar/bass/drums-based, the album saw his first tentative use of the Minimoog synthesizer, which he had come across by accident in the recording studio during the album sessions. Lyrically the record touched on dystopian and sci-fi themes similar to those employed by authors such as Philip K. Dick, of whom Numan was a fan (the opening lines of the song “Listen to the Sirens” are a direct lift from the title of Dick’s book Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said). Whilst the album’s modest initial pressing (which included a large batch of warped editions) sold out, it did not enter the album charts at that time, and no singles were lifted from it. By this time Tubeway Army had decided to abandon live shows – Numan was unhappy with pub-venue gigs on the often violent London punk scene (the only known recording of a Tubeway Army concert – a London show from February 1978 – was released as a bootleg album in the early 1980s. It was later officially included under the title Living Ornaments ’78 as bonus tracks on the 1998 CD re-release of the Tubeway Army album).

Following swiftly on in early 1979, excited by the possibilities of synthesizers, Numan took Tubeway Army back into the studio to record a follow-up album, Replicas. The result was more synth and science fiction orientated than the last album. The first single from the album, the bleak, slow-paced keyboard-driven song “Down in the Park”, failed to chart. However, the next single, “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” was more successful. A special picture-disc helped boost sales but what particularly grabbed the British public’s imagination was Tubeway Army’s appearance on the BBC show The Old Grey Whistle Test, followed soon after by a slot on Top of the Pops. The band appeared all dressed in black and near-motionless, Numan in particular giving a performance often referred to as being “like an android” (a style that was later reported to have been a means of covering stage nerves but which then became his trademark). The single climbed steadily to stay at number one in the UK charts for 4 weeks, with Replicas following suit in the album charts. With Tubeway Army still avoiding live shows, Numan recruited some additional musicians to make these television appearances (see above).

Numan became the first synth-based artist in Britain to break through into major commercial success. At this point, he dropped the Tubeway Army name and subsequent releases were made under the artist name Gary Numan.





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