THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – “Electricity”.
“Electricity” is the 1979 debut single of the English group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, featured on their eponymous debut album the following year. Inspired by Kraftwerk’s “Radioactivity”,the song addresses society’s wasteful usage of energy sources. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys share lead vocals on the track.
It was on the strength of “Electricity” that the band were offered a recording contract with Dindisc, who twice re-issued the single.
After OMD’s first concert, opening for Joy Division in a 1978 appearance at Eric’s Club in Liverpool, McCluskey was inspired to send a demo of the song to Factory Records founder Tony Wilson. They later heard that while he was not impressed with it, his wife was, so he bought it from them and released it as a single.