juni 30, 2015

Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark - Organisation (1980)

“Organisation” is an album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1980.

As with all OMD’s early sleeve art, it was created by Peter Saville Associates and features a photograph by Richard Nutt of the cloud-covered peak of Marsco, in the Red Cuillin hills, overlooking Glen Sligachan on the Isle of Skye with Allt Dearg Mòr in the foreground.

The album’s title refers to the band Organisation, a precursor to Kraftwerk. The album is notable for its melancholy tone.

The band said that at the time they had been heavily influenced by Joy Division; this can be traced through Organisation’s use of jarring drum sounds and moody songs.


“VCL XI” is a good example of this sound. Also notable is OMD’s move away from pure Gary Numan-Kraftwerk-ian pop, embracing a grander sound, an increasing use of acoustic instruments, and sound collages.

“Enola Gay” was the only single released from the album. It could be perhaps perceived as deceiving, as it had little in common with the style of the rest of the album, even though its subject matter is poetically grim. It bears much in common with the sound of the group’s debut album. Andy McCluskey is noted as saying it was written at the time of most of the debut was written. “Motion and Heart” was also considered for a single release, but was dropped.


Side A
1.  Enola Gay  (3:33)
2.  2nd Thought  (4:15)
3.  VCL XI  (3:50)
4.  Motion and Heart  (3:16)
5.  Statues  (4:30)

Side B
1.  The Misunderstanding  (4:55)
2.  The More I See You  (4:11)
3.  Promise  (4:51)
4.  Stanlow  (6:30)

Artist:  Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark
Title:  Organisation
Release:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Dindisc Records
Catalog#  202971

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