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Bunker soldiers – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

It’s all Magnetic Fields or Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark here, isn’t it? I listen to other things sometimes too. Anyway, this is the first song on the first side of the first album released by OMD, which, from what i’ve learned of their hodgepodge way of assigning songs to releases, and the amount of things they released from 1979-1981, does not necessarily indicate anything prototypal. All it indicates is that it’s early Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and is by default fantastic.

I was going ask what code the background chanting during the chorus was, but i just figured out it’s an anagram of “BUNKER SOLDIERS,” with the numbers corresponding to each letter’s place in the alphabet. NERDS!!

girl she is 100%

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Joan of Arc – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Last night i had a dream that through some piece of computer programming wizardry and business savvy (both things i’m very much without) i made and subsequently sold two hundred million dollars worth of my stock to something no doubt evil. And the only thought i had upon selling was “now i can finally afford a synthesiser.” Yes, that’s what i would do with astronomical wealth. It’s what i could do with a little more than subsistence wealth. It seems like such an extravagance, but i guess it’s on par with any major intrument purchase.

However, unlike a drum kit or a guitar, i have neither the base talent nor a venture credible enough to warrant a purchase. What would i even do with a synthesiser, other than stay up all night turning knobs, opening envelopes, making weird sounds? Start a third rate Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark rip off band, of course.

This song is the first of two songs about Joan of Arc on Architecture & Morality. I think it makes more sense to hear them one after the other on the album than discretely as singles. Still, coming from hardcore, from songs about “issues”, it seems funny to have two songs on the same work speak on the same subject. There’s a devotion and dedication here far removed from the tickings off of popular and acceptable stock lyric matter.

passion of joan of arc

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Genetic engineering – Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark

Maybe this is the beginnings of a new direction in personality and preference, like how almost everyone… softened (ick) after high school or punk rock and shifted all musical concentration and inclination to raves and electronic music. But this is not electronic music like that abyss of electronic music that swallowed them all whole. This is still just pop music. I shouldn’t even pretend that this has anything of the conversion they went through. I’m still so much a undancing, conservative, shut-in of a prude. I’m not sure i’m on the road to rave enlightenment yet. I don’t know. Talk to me in five years. The potential embarrassment of running in to my sister there would void absolutely any such life change, though.

Good song, this. Another Sunny Day do a cover of it.

meatballs

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Red Frame/White Light – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

So good. So, so good. Still the sound of the future, from yesterday, from some nerd’s bedroom. A song about a telephone box that may as well have been the TARDIS to them, for all the places it took them. The actual phone box is stop number six or so on the Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark pilgrimage, after the thermographic printing place that they set alight printing the sleeves for the Electricity single. It’s a trip i am seriously considering taking. It’ll get me out of the house.

quiet days in clichy

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Electricity – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

A good song to have in my head on a day where our electricity was cut from 8 until 3pm. I had forgotten all about it. Maybe deeply in my subconscious i kept that memo and this song was me reminding myself of it. But then again this song is one of the greatest ever written, and catchy as all get out, so it could have just been in my head on its own merit. It’s an awfully apt song to carry with you on a day when you’re reminded at every turn how much you actually depend on electricity.

slapshot

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Electricity – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

After watching Synth Britannia (You can too!), i’m a total convert. There wasn’t much of me to convert. It was not like this music had to win me over, or situate itself as something legitimate or venerable – I just had not ever heard it. Synth Britannia was just what i needed to open my eyes. I headed to my mother’s house, to her before-me record collection, and requisitioned their self titled album, Organisation, and Architecture & Morality.

I thought i had raided it as much as ever my taste would want to. I was wrong. I am sure i have all i need now. If only she hadn’t sold so much of it, you know, to support us; feed, house, and clothe me as a baby. Parents, am i right?…

My only previous exposure to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was through the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, with If You Leave, and i’m sure i’m not the only one. It’s a great song, but there was no indication that six or seven years of technological advancement, of affordability, of the acceptancy of synth pop and electronic music, of growth as a band, prior there existed these two guys, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, from the North West of England who were lucky enough to see Kraftwerk and have their lives irrevocably changed. With their tape machine and whatever synthesisers they could afford or build from kits, they wrote and recorded the greatest music i’ve delayed myself in discovering until the past few months. This is my new thing.

pretty in pink

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