Splitting The Atom

A complete change to what I was planning to post. I’ve been to a conference today connected with work, hosted by Manchester University. By coincidence the room we were in makes a nice link to several recent posts, which is making it look dangerously like Bagging Area is planned rather than the random outpourings of my befuddled mind. Between 1907 and 1919 Ernest Rutherford led a team based at Manchester University which first discovered and then split the atom (I expect QI style objections could be made to this), which follows my recent posts about Hack Green secret nuclear bunker (music from Jetstream by Pacific), Jon Savage’s music in the atomic age (Fujiyama Mama by Wanda Jackson) and nuclear testing (Gang Of Four’s I Found That Essence Rare, two days ago). The room is preserved (with modern facilities for conferences) with the original tiled walls, a wooden work bench, various artefacts in display cases and wooden pew seating down one side. Hopefully a Geiger counter would’ve stayed calm. It was interesting though to be sat in a room where one of the key discoveries of science and history took place, and is one of those hidden history places- hugely significant but unknown to most.

Rutherford’s discovery led eventually to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. OMD’s 1980 single Enola Gaye is the poppiest nuclear protest song I can think of, and is great in every way.

enola gay.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