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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkElectricity

Label:Factory – FAC 6
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Genre:Electronic, Pop


Producer, EngineerPaul Collister
Engineer [Mix]Chris Nagle
Engineer [Recording]John Brierley
ProducerMartin 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.

Back cover states VCL II Music, whereas the labels state VC 11 Music.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): FAC 6-BEFORE-1 EG A PORKY PRIME CUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): FAC 6-AFTER-2 EG

Other Versions (5 of 21)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Electricity (7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue)DindiscDIN 2UK1979
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Electricity (7", 45 RPM, Single, Stereo)Virgin101 052Germany1979
Electricity / Almost (7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue, EMI Pressing)DindiscDIN 2UK1979
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Electricity (7", 45 RPM, Single, Reissue, CBS Pressing)DindiscDIN 2UK1980
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Electricity (エレクトリシティー) (7", 45 RPM, Single)Dindisc, VirginVIPX-1531Japan1980


  • MarkGrout's avatar
    So, if your dindisc copy has "Will Radio 1 like it" engraved, then you have the version produced by Martin Hannett, both sides!
    • MusicToMyEyes's avatar
      Can anyone tell me if this original factory version is available on any compilations? I bought the expensive Use Hearing Protection box set last year and was very disappointed that they had used the far more common dindisc factory version on the replica 7" of this. Pity coz the sleeve is gorgeous.
      • Bradx's avatar
        I went into Virgin Records one day in 1979 and asked if they had the new Joy Division single. The bloke said "no, but we have the new Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark". I didn't know what the hell he was talking about, but I said "ok, I'll have it". I still possess it ... in perfect condition. It has some sort of quirky charm I suppose, and it's very catchy. At some future point I should move it on really.
        • Crijevo's avatar
          All versions of the single that were released at the time only kept improving its super qualities of a song (both songs that is) - sure thing that Factory version remains the most genuine in its super naive kind of way. The band audibly played it all as if without some metronome assistance, thus inevitable (and enthusiastic) a discreet millisecond skip on the drum kit occurred halfway down the song. "Almost" as produced by the immortal Martin Hannett is another superb and more upbeat mix, when compared to the much dryer album version in particular.

          Of a few more "Electricities" that were released, each seems to be slightly varying in mix and dynamic - the one that opens "The Best of OMD" remains sounding richer and most powerful (would that one be identical to the DinDisc DIN2 7" version, anyone?). Adding to it a "1980 Dindisc Version", in recent years included on the CD re-release of "Organisation". That one also adds an extra keyboard bit to the song while keeping the essence of it intact... maybe a little overproduced but altogether providing with an interesting "remix" angle that would have made the perfect 12" mix of the song, had "Electricity" ever appeared in 12" format - originally, it never did.
          • djtony_gr's avatar
            Is this song exist in 12" extended version ?Has it ever released on maxi single ?
            • Edited 16 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.
              • djopm's avatar
                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.