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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Bunker Soldiers features a chorus that actually spells out the title 'BUNKER SOLDIERS' as random letters and the same letters translated into numbers.

Almost also featured as the B-Side to the single Electricity and the album version was used on the third release of the single.

Mystereality features saxophone by Martin Cooper.

Electricity is the same version featured on the third single release.

The Messerschmitt Twins takes its title from a nickname for Andy and Paul. The phrase popped into Andy's head during the night prompting him to write a song about it. It was actually while researching Messerschmitts that Andy spotted a reference to the Enola Gay leading to fresh inspiration.

Messages is the original version and not the Mike Howlett produced single version.

Julia's Song dates back to Andy and Paul's time in The Id and features lyrics by Julia Kneale who was also in The Id at the time.

Red Frame/White Light was inspired by a telephone box used by the band outside The Railway Inn public house on the Wirral.

Dancing is an experimental piece whose unusual sound was created using Dalek I Love You's Kawai synth.

Pretending To See The Future was written about being in the music industry and specifically about signing a record deal.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Original Release

22/02/1980

CAT: DID 2

12 inch

United Kingdom

Out of Print

Tracklisting:

Side A

  1. Bunker Soldiers (2:50)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  2. Almost (3:40)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  3. Mystereality (2:42)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Electricity (3:32)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. The Messerschmitt Twins (5:38)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Side B

  1. Messages (4:06)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  2. Julia's Song (4:39)
    McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale
  3. Red Frame/White Light (3:10)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Dancing (2:58)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. Pretending To See The Future (3:45)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 1998 CD Re-Release

31/08/1998

CAT: CDVIP216

CD

United Kingdom

Out of Print

Tracklisting:

CD

  1. Bunker Soldiers (2:50)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  2. Almost (3:40)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  3. Mystereality (2:42)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Electricity (3:32)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. The Messerschmitt Twins (5:38)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  6. Messages (4:06)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  7. Julia's Song (4:39)
    McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale
  8. Red Frame/White Light (3:10)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  9. Dancing (2:58)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  10. Pretending to See the Future (3:45)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Notes:

This edition was part of a series of re-releases and features a number bonus tracks.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Digital Remaster

17/02/2003

CAT: ABC

Digital

United Kingdom

iTunes

Tracklisting:

Digital

  1. Bunker Soldiers (2:50)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  2. Almost (3:40)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  3. Mystereality (2:42)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Electricity (3:32)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. The Messerschmitt Twins (5:38)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  6. Messages (4:06)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  7. Julia's Song (4:39)
    McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale
  8. Red Frame/White Light (3:10)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  9. Dancing (2:58)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  10. Pretending to See the Future (3:45)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  11. Messages (Single version) (4:46)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  12. I Betray My Friends (3:53)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  13. Taking Sides Again (4:23)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  14. Waiting for the Man (3:00)
    Lou Reed
  15. Electricity (Hannett/Cargo Studios Version) (3:37)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  16. Almost (Hannett/Cargo Studios Version) (3:51)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - MC

22/02/1980

CAT: DIDC 2

CASSETTE

United Kingdom

Out of Print

Tracklisting:

Casette

  1. Bunker Soldiers (2:50)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  2. Almost (3:40)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  3. Mystereality (2:42)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Electricity (3:32)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. The Messerschmitt Twins (5:38)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  6. Messages (4:06)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  7. Julia's Song (4:39)
    McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale
  8. Red Frame/White Light (3:10)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  9. Dancing (2:58)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  10. Pretending to See the Future (3:45)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - LP

13/08/1984

CAT: OVED96

12 inch

United Kingdom

Out of Print

Tracklisting:

Side A

  1. Bunker Soldiers (2:50)
    McCluskey
  2. Almost (3:40)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  3. Mystereality (2:42)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Electricity (3:32)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. The Messerschmitt Twins (5:38)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Side B

  1. Messages (4:06)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  2. Julia's Song (4:39)
    McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale
  3. Red Frame/White Light (3:10)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  4. Dancing (2:58)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys
  5. Pretending To See The Future (3:45)
    Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys