Carl’s 45 pick: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s ‘Talking Loud And Clear’ (1984)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s “Talking Loud And Clear”

Carl Heiney says:

Thought this was the best single ever produced. Still think the music is technically perfect and it appeals to the kid in me, like listening to a children’s song. This was very much OMD: weird, fun, (often political) nursery rhymes for adults. Simple and complicated at the same time.


Wondering what this is all about?

In September 2015, I asked readers of my inbox zine, Rusty’s Electric Dreams, to share their all-time favorite single from the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s and tell me why they like it.

Years ago, a friend of mine had a “33 1/3” birthday party where she spun vinyl LPs. I thought that was a cool idea and imagined doing that for my 45th, but with everyone sharing their favorite 45 RPM singles.

So, here we are. It’s September 2015 and my birthday quickly approaches.

Instead of having a big bash, I have a SPECIAL REQUEST to ask of all of you. I want to take a musical trip down memory lane, because –seriously– where would we be without music??

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