Gary Numan with British group Tubeway Army reach UK#1 with hit single Are ‘Friends’ Electric?.
It’s the first electronic/synthesizer-based record to become a hit in the post-punk era. The single appears on the second and last Tubeway album, Replicas, also a UK#1. The album’s setting and lyrics are directly inspired by the science fiction of Philip K. Dick. (*)
In Sep. 1979 Numan begins a long solo career with the release of The Pleasure Principle (UK#1) followed a year later by Telekon (UK#1).
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Disco Fever: Donna Summer holds the US#2 and US#3 positions with Hot Stuff and Bad Girls, both tracks from international top-10 album Bad Girls.
Born in Boston in 1948, in 1967 Summer was cast in the German version of Hair and moved to Munich. In 1974 she meets Giorgio Moroder, releases debut album Lady of the Night, and is heard on German TV show Disco.
While Euro disco is heating up (Boney M.‘s Daddy Cool is a EU#1 in late 1976) Summer has a US#2 hit with Love to Love You Baby in 1975.
Released in July 1977, club anthem I Feel Love — said to be the first disco-style song recorded with an entirely synthesized backing track — is an international top-10.
By 1977 she has 5 consecutive US top-40 albums, becoming the first artist to chart with three consecutive double albums — and eventually selling over 130M records worldwide.
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