Crush (OMD album)

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Crush
Studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released June 17, 1985 (1985-06-17)
Recorded 1984-1985
Amazon Studios, Liverpool
Genre Synthpop
Length 38:37
Label Virgin
Producer Stephen Hague
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
Junk Culture
(1984)
Crush
(1985)
The Pacific Age
(1986)
Singles from Crush
  1. "So in Love"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  2. "Secret"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  3. "La Femme Accident"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Altus Times (favourable)[2]
Colin Larkin 4/5 stars[3]
The Michigan Daily (favourable)[4]
Orlando Sentinel (favourable)[5]

Crush is the sixth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1985. It was the first of two OMD albums produced by Stephen Hague, who had previously produced albums by Jules and the Polar Bears, Slow Children, Elliot Easton, Gleaming Spires and others

"So in Love" (co-written with Hague) became the group's first hit single in the US. The album also sold well in the US. Aimed primarily at the US market, it is notable for moving the band's sound in a far more commercial direction, although elements of earlier experimentation are still evident on the title track, which is built around a tape loop of samples from Japanese television commercials, and the closing track "The Lights Are Going Out". A long-form video, Crush - The Movie was also released, showing the group talking about their career and performing the songs from the album.

In a 2013 online poll, Crush was voted the 23rd best album of 1985 based on the opinions of over 45,000 respondents.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  • As per label, all songs by OMD (except "So In Love", by OMD/Hague).
  • As per ASCAP database, all songs by Humphreys/McCluskey, except "So In Love" by Humphreys/McCluskey/Hague.

Side 1

  1. "So in Love" – 3:29
  2. "Secret" – 3:56
  3. "Bloc Bloc Bloc" – 3:28
  4. "Women III" – 4:26
  5. "Crush" – 4:27

Side 2

  1. "88 Seconds in Greensboro" – 4:15
  2. "The Native Daughters of the Golden West" – 3:58
  3. "La Femme Accident" – 2:50
  4. "Hold You" – 4:00
  5. "The Lights Are Going Out" – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Album singles[edit]

Release date Single United Kingdom
75
United States 100 United States Dance Ireland
Germany
100
Netherlands
40
May 13, 1985 (1985-05-13) "So in Love" 27 [7] 26 16 13 [8] 18 7 [9]
July 8, 1985 (1985-07-08) "Secret" 34 [7] 63 24 [8]
October 12, 1985 (1985-10-12) "La Femme Accident" 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Merrill, Bill (18 August 1985). "Record review". Altus Times. Google News. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0753501597. 
  4. ^ Fertig, Beth (18 September 1985). "Records". The Michigan Daily. Google News. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Bill (7 July 1985). "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Crush". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1985: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of the ’80s — Part 6". Slicing Up Eyeballs. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "everyhit.com search results for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  8. ^ a b "irishcharts.ie search results for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  9. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 28, 1985". Retrieved 2008-04-12.