Electronic music pioneer Gary Numan is performing in Toronto tonight at The Phoenix! This is a special week as there are not just one but two legendary electronic artists in town as Kraftwerk will also be here on Saturday.
Numan arrives on his 'Splinter Tour' as he supports his latest album 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' - his twentieth album overall - which was released in October on Mortal Records. You can check out other upcoming tour dates here: http://www.garynuman.com/2014/
To celebrate tonight's show I was searching for rare remixes and I found a perfect one on Youtube for Numan and Tubeway Army's classic song 'Are Friends Electric?'. There are no fancy bells and whistles in this one - a Numan fan has simply - and seamlessly - extended the original song to eleven and a half minutes in length!
'Are Friends Electric' was first released on the Tubeway Army (later changed to 'Gary Numan + Tubeway Army') album 'Replicas' in 1979 - and the single reached number one in the U.K. charts that summer.
Aside from the incredible atmospheric synth sounds and production part of what makes this song so great are the heartfelt 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 S.U.S.
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 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?
Only 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 it meant everything to me
This is the 'Pure Salvation Extended Mix' of 'Are Friends Electric?'... Enjoy!
You can check out other Pure Salvation remixes (including many more from Gary Numan) on his Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/puresalvation2009/videos
Bonus Track! 'Love Hurt Bleed' is a single from his latest album 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind') showcasing a harder edged sound that has resulted in his highest charting album in thirty years... Enjoy!
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