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 sold over a million copies) Numan decided to release records under his own name, but with the same musicians. To this day, Tubeway Army and Gary Numan have been a great inspiration to a lot of current electro and techno artists.

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," 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’, didn't chart 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).

"The Premier Hits," and "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.

"1978 / 1979 Volume Two," and "1978 / 1979, Volume Three," whilst categorized 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 Tubeway Army Tubeway Army (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 4 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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K 50638 Replicas — Tubeway Army Gary Numan + Tubeway Army Gary Numan + Tubeway Army - Replicas (Album) Beggars Banquet K 50638 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
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METRO457 The Dramatis Project — Tubeway Army Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan - The Dramatis Project (Album) Metrodome, Dressed To Kill METRO457 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

BEG 5 That's Too Bad — Tubeway Army Tubeway Army That's Too Bad (Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 5 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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BEG 8 Bombers — Tubeway Army Tubeway Army Bombers (Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 8 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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BACK 2, BEG 5, BEG 8 That's Too Bad / Bombers — Tubeway Army 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
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BEG 17 Down In The Park — Tubeway Army Tubeway Army Down In The Park (Single) Beggars Banquet BEG 17 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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11 364 Are Tubeway Army Are "Friends" Electric? / Down In The Park (Single) Atlantic 11 364 France 1979 Sell This Version
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BEG 18 Are 'Friends' Electric? — Tubeway Army Gary Numan & Tubeway Army Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric? (Single, Maxi) Beggars Banquet BEG 18 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
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PROMO 094 Tu, Tu, Tu / Are' Friends' Electric — Tubeway Army 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
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TUB 1 This Is My Life — Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - This Is My Life(7", Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Beggars Banquet TUB 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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BEG 124E 1978 / 1979, Volume Three — Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979, Volume Three (EP, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEG 124E UK 1985 Sell This Version
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BEG 123E 1978 / 1979  Volume Two — Tubeway Army Gary Numan, Tubeway Army Gary Numan, Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979 Volume Two (EP, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEG 123E UK 1985 Sell This Version
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SFPS032 The Peel Sessions — Tubeway Army Tubeway Army The Peel Sessions (Single) Strange Fruit SFPS032 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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OG 9917 Are Friends Electric? / I Die You Die — Tubeway Army 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
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OTB V1 Cars / Are 'Friends' Electric? — Tubeway Army 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
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GNCD 2008 Replicas: Mixes + Versions — Tubeway Army Gary Numan + Tubeway Army Gary Numan + Tubeway Army - Replicas: Mixes + Versions(CD, EP, Ltd) Beggars Banquet GNCD 2008 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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Compilations

BEGD 1 Replicas/The Pleasure Principle — Tubeway Army 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
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BEG 92E 1978 — Tubeway Army Numan* / Tubeway Army Numan* / Tubeway Army - 1978 (EP, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEG 92E UK 1983 Sell This Version
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BEGA 55 P The Plan — Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - The Plan (Album, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGA 55 P UK 1984 Sell This Version
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BEGC 7879 1978 / 1979 — Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army Gary Numan / Tubeway Army - 1978 / 1979(Cass, Comp) Beggars Banquet BEGC 7879 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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BEGA 4 CD Tubeway Army • Dance (Selections From The Albums) — Tubeway Army 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
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BEGA 7 CD Replicas • The Plan (Selections From The Albums) — Tubeway Army 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
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SFPMC 202 Double Peel Sessions — Tubeway Army 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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BEGA 151 CD Tubeway Army / Dance — Tubeway Army Tubeway Army / Gary Numan Tubeway Army / Gary Numan - Tubeway Army / Dance (Album) Beggars Banquet Master BEGA 151 CD UK 1993 Sell This Version

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event13

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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