Gary Numan – Are 'Friends' Electric?
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Great Rock Songs That Reference Classic Books
21. Gary Numan – Are 'Friends' Electric?
The Gary Numan-penned track from his time in the Tubeway Army is said to have been influenced by Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? - Which eventually inspired the film Bladerunner. Numan's lyrical description of a man "In a long coat, grey hat, smoking a cigarette," could be referring to the book's protagonist, Rick Deckard, a special polieman who chases after androids or "andys". Plus, when performing the No.1 track on Top Of The Pops, Numan gave his best robot impression.