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Tubeway ArmyAre 'Friends' Electric?

Label:Beggars Banquet – BEG 18
Format:
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo, With '?'
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Electro, Synth-pop, New Wave

Tracklist

AAre 'Friends' Electric?
EngineerJohn Caffery*
5:19
BWe Are So Fragile?2:49
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The standard 'Beggars Banquet' black on red, paper label, that erroneously bears a '?' in the title of the B-Side (though the sleeve is correct), unlike This Version

Another WEA West Drayton release but with different label design and no "?" can be found here: Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric?

Label Notes:
Marketed By WEA Records Ltd.
Beggars Banquet / Andrew Heath Music Ltd
℗ 1979 Beggars Banquet

Sleeve Notes:
dp delga press limited
All Titles Published By Beggars Banquet / Andrew Heath Music
[A-Side] From The Album Replicas BEGA 7
© 1979. A Beggars Banquet Recording Distributed By WEA Records Ltd. A Warner Communications Company.

Release Note:
Track durations do not appear on the release.

This is the WEA, West Drayton pressing.
Similar version pressed by Damont is here, Tubeway Army - Are 'Friends' Electric?.

Matrix variant 4: S-55 in the A-side deadwax is inverted and looks like S-22

Flip-back, paper sleeve

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - A-Side etchings): BEG 18 A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - B-Side etchings): BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - A-Side etchings): BEG 18 A1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - B-Side etchings): BEG 18 B2 W-L STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - A-Side etchings): BEG 18 A1 2 STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - B-Side etchings): BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY. 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 - A-Side etchings): BEG 18 A1 STRAWBERRY S-55
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 - B-Side etchings): BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY S-24
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 - A side etchings): STRAWBERRY S-9 BEG 18 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 - B side etchings): S-11 BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 - A side etched): BEG 18 A1 [underscored D] IB STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6 - B side etched): BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY [underscored D] A [initials]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7 - A side etched): BEG 18 A1 EG STRAWBERRY.
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7 - B side etched): BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY..
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8 - A side etched): BEG 18 A1 4 A CA STRAWBERRY
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8 - B side etched): BEG 18 B1 STRAWBERRY 4 BC

Other Versions (5 of 30)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Are 'Friends' Electric? (12", Maxi-Single, 45 RPM)Beggars BanquetINT 126.501Germany1979
Are 'Friends' Electric? (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Beggars Banquet, CNR144.681Netherlands1979
Are 'Friends' Electric? (7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition, Picture Disc, Stereo)Beggars BanquetBEG 18pUK1979
Are 'Friends' Electric? (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Beggars BanquetINT 111.520Germany1979
Are 'Friends' Electric? (7", 45 RPM, Promo, Stereo, Mono, SP - Specialty Pressing)ATCO Records7206US1979

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event13's profile picture
event13
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' in a tv appearance as well. I reckon he's the unsung hero of synth pop. Anyone know anything about this ?
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tharobster
when this came out that riff was so out of this world . hearing it as a kid blew my mind and led me to a life of electronic music .