Tubeway Army was the name of Gary Numan's band. Formed in 1977, their self-titled debut album was released at the tail end of 1978. The album was a segue from the punk-leaning sounds of their early singles, to the pioneering electronic music that Gary Numan became known for. The phrase 'garagey sci-fi rock' was used in reference to this album. Shortly after this album's release, Tubeway Army recorded their follow-up, 'Replicas', which contained 'Are 'Friends' Electric?', which became the first synthesizer-based number 1 hit of the electronic era in 1979. After its release, Numan opted to drop the Tubeway Army name and release music under his own name, retaining the musicians from Tubeway Army as his backing band.