Today I thought I’d highlight the rockier side of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark with a song ‘88 Seconds In Greensboro‘ from their album ‘Crush‘. People often forget they started out on the Factory Records label with the single ‘Electricity‘. Tony Wilson then helped them get signed up to Virgin offshoot Dindisc Records who re-issued the single. After ‘Enola Gay‘ the band became a household name. Their funny name was often shortened to just OMD, not just to make it easy for people to remember but save column space in publications. This particular song sees Andy McCluskey wield the bass guitar to great effect and Malcolm’s crashing drums. Like The Boomtown Rats with ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ the band chose another fateful piece of American history when five protesters were murdered by some infamous racists cults within just 88 seconds in North Carolina.
What do you think of this side to the band?