Anglo For Your Ear: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “Electricity”

Simple Minds and “Don’t You Forget About Me.” Dexys Midnight Runners and “Come On, Eileen.” Squeeze and “Tempted.” It’s both fascinating and frustrating how critically celebrated UK bands often hit it big in the U.S. with their least representative song. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark had been critical darlings for years in the UK before the film Pretty In Pink soundtrack made “If You Leave” a monster hit in 1986. While American listeners had found a cool new band, British listeners considered OMD rather passé. Today, I’m posting OMD’s very first single – their only with Factory Records – 1979′s “Electricity.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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