Fun Boy Three ‘The Telephone Always Rings’

While driving around mid-Wales for the last few days this song popped up on the in-car entertainment system several times. Totally skewiff and off kilter pop music. I remember reading somewhere that Lynval Golding is the only man on earth who knows how to play it properly, and he isn’t telling anyone.
What Terry’s wearing in the above photo is anyone’s guess.

11 The Telephone Always Rings.mp3

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ‘Electricity’ (Factory Version)

First of the month band from The Wirral feature. You don’t get this anywhere else.

I never had any time for O.M.D. until the last year or so. Never paid them any attention or time or anything. That silly Sailing On The Seven Seas comeback, Atomic Kitten etc. It changed when I watched the excellent BBC4 Synth Britannia programme last year, and a creeping realisation that O.M.D. where actually electro pioneers. There, I’ve said it. Some time after a bloke from school pick-up uttered those immortal words ‘I’ve got a box of vinyl I’m getting rid of, do you want to have a look through it?’. Amongst other things I took Architecture And Morality (featuring the ace Enola Gay) and Dazzle Ships (die cut gatefold sleeve). All very good.

Before all of that the only O.M.D. song I’ve ever owned was on the Factory Records Palatine boxset, and various compilations since, Electricity, FAC 6, later re-recorded for DinDisc and released in three different versions. This is the Factory version with Martin Hannett, which the band disliked as being ‘over-produced’. Joy Division said the same about Hannett and Unknown Pleasures. Musicians eh, what do they know?

04 Electricity (Factory Version).wma