Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ‎– Electricity

Factory ‎– FAC 6
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

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A Electricity
Producer – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkProducer, Engineer – Paul Collister
B Almost
Engineer [Mix] – Chris NagleEngineer [Recording] – John BrierleyProducer – Martin Zero

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An unknown number of copies exist with the A label applied to both sides in error.

Track A recorded at Henry's Studio, West Kirby, Liverpool.
Track B recorded at Cargo Studios, Rochdale; Mixed at Strawberry Studios, Stockport.

Additional Notes:
Edition of 5000, sold out by September 1979. Housed in black on black thermographic sleeve and printed and hand folded and glued by John Roberts and Sons Printers, Chapel Street, Salford.

"Peter's idea for this sleeve originated in a thermographic machine installed in the Manchester Polygraphics Department at that time. Peter wanted to experiment with using the same colour thermo ink as the card it was printed on. Originally offered the sleeve concept to A Certain Ratio in the bar of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, who, arrogant little bastards, told him to get lost. Instead he gave the idea to OMD, became their regular designer and won countless awards for his work with them in the next few years." (Tony Wilson)

Still in 1979, this was reissued by DinDisc, with the A-side produced by Martin Hannett, and the artwork replaced with standard white on black printing. On this re-release, the catalogue number became DinDisc DIN 2, but it was still a "Factory Records Product". Tony Wilson wrote about that in the September 1979 Factory Newsletter and Shareholder's Analysis:
"Record now licensed to Dindisc, Virgin's new label; to engage in the chart game as of Sep 28th '79. Necessity for licensing 'the best example of this to date' (NME) is regretted but the big stall holders seem to fill the square (chart shops) and subletting is an enforced activity."
In 1980 a 3rd version of the 7" was issued (DinDisc DIN 2 - "A Factory Records Product") with both tracks now produced by OMD and Chester Valentino in the versions found on OMD's debut LP.

Cover lists the publisher as VC1 II Music, whereas the labels list it as VC 11 Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): FAC 6-BEFORE-I EG A PORKY PRIME CUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): FAC 6-AFTER-2 EG


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March 26, 2016
Is this song exist in 12" extended version ?Has it ever released on maxi single ?

September 16, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
One of the funny things about this particular release and it's limited edition of 5,000, is that it was never intended to be a limited edition. Due to the intense heat required during the printing of the sleeves, the printing press actually caught fire. After the third time this happened the printers called it a day and wouldn't continue with the order.


November 4, 2003

The most authentic piece of synth-pop before reaching the 80's barrier of labels. This single cannot be touched
with the groundbreaking sounds and compassion of early electronic music. Its no wonder Peter Saville gave his best artwork for this single other than what's mentioned in the well-done detailed notes from above mentioned.