Electricity (OMD Song)

Electricity (OMD Song)

"Electricity" is the 1979 debut single of the New Wave and synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, featured on their eponymous debut album the following year. The song, which was inspired by Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity", addresses society's wasteful usage of energy sources. Frontman Andy McCluskey shares lead vocals with Paul Humphreys on the track, who ordinarily functions as keyboard player and backing vocalist. As with single "Messages", from the same album, the band embraced the concept of machines singing the song's chorus. It was on the strength of "Electricity" that the band were offered a recording contract with Dindisc Records. Three attempts at scoring a hit achieved the peak of #99 in 1979. However, NME named "Electricity" as one of the best singles of the year, placing it on the magazine's end-of-year list for 1979. The song is regularly featured on OMD compilations.

Dave Thompson of AllMusic described the song as a "perfect electro-pop number", concluding, "Far from a celebration of the power of our power sources, the lyrics drive home the need for a renewable energy source, some alternative to the fossil fuels we're permanently expending by the second, and a future of abundant electricity free from environmental depletion." Colleague Ned Raggett called it "pure zeitgeist, a celebration of synth pop's incipient reign with fast beats and even faster singing."

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