Tubeway Army

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Fronted by Gary Numan, with Jess Lidyard (drums) and Paul Gardiner (electric bass), founded in 1977. After releasing the albums “Tubeway Army” and “Replicas” (both were million sellers) Numan decided to release records under his own name, but still with the same musicians. Tubeway Army and Gary Numan have been a great inspiration to a lot of techno and electro artists to this day.

Discogs attributes 3 albums, 12 compilations and 15 singles/EPs as releases by ‘Tubeway Army Tubeway Army’ since the band formed in 1977.

In terms of the three albums, (‘Tubeway Army’ (BEGGARS BANQUET – BEGA5), ‘Replicas’ (BEGGARS BANQUET – BEGA7) and ‘For Future Reference’ (Rocket Record Company - TRAIN 18), two have appeared in the ‘UK Top 40’ music charts.

With ‘Replicas’, entering the UK Charts in June 1979, reaching the ‘Top 10’ and eventually the ‘No.1’ position after seven weeks. The album stayed at No.1 for only one week but it did appear in the Top 10 for 9 weeks and within the Top 40 for twenty-one weeks. Overall, Replicas has spent 31 weeks on the UK album charts.

The self-entitled album, ‘Tubeway Army’, has spent 7 weeks within the UK Charts’ Top 40. Achieving its highest position of No.14, four weeks after entering the charts in August 1979. The album ‘For Future Reference’, commonly attributed with the band ‘Dramatis’, has not charted at all.

Tubeway Army has had limited chart success with their 15 single/EP releases. Whilst five have appeared in the UK Charts, only one has had a significant showing. To many, the anthem of ‘The Futurist’ movement, and possibly the most successful forerunner of that era/genre of music, the only single/EP by ‘Tubeway Army’ to reach the No.1 spot is ‘Are 'Friends' Electric?’ (BEGGARS BANQUET – BEGA18).

This single entered the UK Charts in May 1979 (19/05/1979) and in its seventh week it hit the No.1 spot. ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ remained at the coveted No.1 position for a further 3 weeks (4 in total) and eventually spending 8 weeks in the Top 10 and 12 weeks within the Top 40 singles chart. Overall, this record was present in the UK Charts for 16 consecutive weeks up until 01/09/1979.

The four other singles/EPs, whilst accredited to Tubeway Army on the official UK Charts, were released jointly as ‘Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army’ (UK Chart artist listing).

Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - The Premier Hits’ and ‘Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - The Plan’ are the only two compilations, accredited to ‘Tubeway Army’ by the UK Charts, to achieve chart success. Whilst only appearing in the UK Charts for seven weeks combined, both did achieve peak positions in the UK ‘Top 30, singles chart.

'Numan* / Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979 Volume Two' and 'Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - Unreleased Recordings 1978 / 1979, Volume 3', whilst categorised as compilations in Discogs, they briefly appeared in the singles chart in March 1985 for four weeks but remained in the lower part of the charts.
(Source: Official Charts Company (UK) (April 2020)).
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Albums

BEGA 4 Tubeway Army - Tubeway Army album art Tubeway Army Tubeway Army (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 4 UK 1978 Sell This Version
22 801-5 Tubeway Army - Replicas album art Tubeway Army Replicas (Album) Beggars Banquet 22 801-5 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
METRO457 Tubeway Army - The Dramatis Project album art Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan - The Dramatis Project (Album) Metrodome, Dressed To Kill METRO457 UK 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BEG 5 Tubeway Army - That's Too Bad album art Tubeway Army That's Too Bad (Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 5 UK 1978 Sell This Version
BEG 8 Tubeway Army - Bombers album art Tubeway Army Bombers (Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 8 UK 1978 Sell This Version
BEG 17 Tubeway Army - Down In The Park album art Tubeway Army Down In The Park (Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 17 UK 1979 Sell This Version
BACK 2, BEG 5, BEG 8 Tubeway Army - That's Too Bad / Bombers album art Tubeway Army That's Too Bad / Bombers (Single) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BACK 2, BEG 5, BEG 8 UK 1979 Sell This Version
11 364 Tubeway Army - Are "Friends" Electric? / Down In The Park album art Tubeway Army Are "Friends" Electric? / Down In The Park (Single) Atlantic 11 364 France 1979 Sell This Version
BEG 18 Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric? album art Gary Numan & Tubeway Army Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric? (Single, Maxi) Beggars Banquet BEG 18 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
PROMO 094 Tubeway Army - Tu, Tu, Tu / Are' Friends' Electric album art Giardino Dei Semplici* / Tubeway Army Giardino Dei Semplici* / Tubeway Army - Tu, Tu, Tu / Are' Friends' Electric(7", Jukebox) WEA, Atlantic PROMO 094 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
TUB 1 Tubeway Army - This Is My Life album art Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - This Is My Life(7", Promo, W/Lbl) Beggars Banquet TUB 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
BEG 124E Tubeway Army - Unreleased Recordings 1978 / 1979, Volume 3 album art Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - Unreleased Recordings 1978 / 1979, Volume 3 Beggars Banquet BEG 124E UK 1985 Sell This Version
BEG 123E Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979  Volume Two album art Gary Numan, Tubeway Army Gary Numan, Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979 Volume Two (EP) Beggars Banquet BEG 123E UK 1985 Sell This Version
SFPS 032 Tubeway Army - The Peel Sessions album art Tubeway Army The Peel Sessions (Single) Strange Fruit SFPS 032 UK 1987 Sell This Version
OG 9917 Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric? / I Die You Die album art Tubeway Army / Gary Numan Tubeway Army / Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric? / I Die You Die(7", Single) Old Gold (2) OG 9917 UK 1990 Sell This Version
GNRAD1 Tubeway Army - Taken From The Forthcoming Greatest Hits Album album art Gary Numan, Tubeway Army Gary Numan, Tubeway Army - Taken From The Forthcoming Greatest Hits Album(CD, Single, Promo) PolyGram TV GNRAD1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
OTB V1 Tubeway Army - Cars / Are 'Friends' Electric? album art Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - Cars / Are 'Friends' Electric?(7", Ltd, Num, Promo) Out Of The Blue (3) OTB V1 UK 2007 Sell This Version
GNCD 2008 Tubeway Army - Replicas: Mixes + Versions album art Gary Numan + Tubeway Army Gary Numan + Tubeway Army - Replicas: Mixes + Versions(CD, EP, Ltd) Beggars Banquet GNCD 2008 UK 2010 Sell This Version

Compilations

BEGD 1 Tubeway Army - Replicas/The Pleasure Principle album art Gary Numan And Tubeway Army Gary Numan And Tubeway Army - Replicas/The Pleasure Principle (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGD 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BEG 92E Tubeway Army - 1978 album art Numan* / Tubeway Army Numan* / Tubeway Army - 1978 (EP, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEG 92E UK 1983 Sell This Version
BEGA 55 P Tubeway Army - The Plan album art Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - The Plan (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 55 P UK 1984 Sell This Version
BEGC 7879 Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979 album art Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979(Cass, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGC 7879 UK 1985 Sell This Version
BEGA 4 CD Tubeway Army - Tubeway Army • Dance (Selections From The Albums) album art Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan - Tubeway Army • Dance (Selections From The Albums)(CD, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 4 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
BEGA 7 CD Tubeway Army - Replicas • The Plan (Selections From The Albums) album art Gary Numan + Tubeway Army Gary Numan + Tubeway Army - Replicas • The Plan (Selections From The Albums)(CD, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 7 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
SFPMC 202 Tubeway Army - Double Peel Sessions album art Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - Double Peel Sessions (Comp) Strange Fruit SFPMC 202 UK 1989 Sell This Version

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March 13, 2020
I thought Billy Currie was in Tubeway Army. He is definitely playing the keyboard in their appearance on 'the old grey whistle test' session during 'are friends electric'. Probably never gets credit for his session work. I also saw him play electric violin for 'the Skids' during a live tv appearance as well. I reckon he's the unsung hero of synth pop. Anyone know anything about this ?

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