Junk Culture

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Junk Culture
Studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released April 30, 1984 (1984-04-30)
Recorded 1983-1984
Pre-recorded at Air Studios, Montserrat, ICP Studios, Brussels and Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum.
Recorded at The Manor Studio, Shipton-on-Cherwell.
Genre Electronica
Synthpop
Length 43:05
Label Virgin
Producer Brian Tench and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
Dazzle Ships
(1983)
Junk Culture
(1984)
Crush
(1985)
Singles from Dazzle Ships
  1. "Locomotion"
    Released: 1984 (1984)
  2. "Never Turn Away"
    Released: 1984 (1984)
  3. "Tesla Girls"
    Released: 1984 (1984)
  4. "Talking Loud and Clear"
    Released: 1984 (1984)
  5. "(The Angels Keep Turning) The Wheels Of The Universe"
    Released: 1984 (1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Colin Larkin 4/5 stars[2]
Ottawa Citizen (favourable)[3]
Robert Christgau B[4]
Smash Hits 7/10[5]
The Sydney Morning Herald (favourable)[6]
Reading Eagle (unfavourable)[7]

Junk Culture is the fifth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1984. The three most successful singles from the album were "Locomotion", which reached #5 in the UK, "Talking Loud and Clear" (#11), and "Tesla Girls" (#21).

With this album, OMD regained their commercial grounding following the poor reception and sales to their previous effort Dazzle Ships. It had a much slicker sound in contrast to Dazzle Ships's experimental nature, largely attributed to the band's acquisition of the Fairlight CMI digital sampling/sequencing workstation. The title track is an instrumental with heavy dub overtones and tape collages, "All Wrapped Up" is a calypso pop song, and "Talking Loud and Clear" features a soprano saxophone melody. The cover artwork was designed by Peter Saville.

In a 2013 online poll, Junk Culture was voted the 35th best album of 1984 based on the opinions of over 35,000 respondents.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Junk Culture" (Humphreys/McCluskey) – 4:06
  2. "Tesla Girls" (Humphreys/McCluskey) – 3:51
  3. "Locomotion" (Humphreys/McCluskey/Gordian Troeller) – 3:53
  4. "Apollo" (McCluskey) – 3:39
  5. "Never Turn Away" (Humphreys/McCluskey) – 3:57

Side 2

  1. "Love and Violence" (Humphreys/McCluskey) – 4:40
  2. "Hard Day" (Humphreys/McCluskey) – 5:59
  3. "All Wrapped Up" (Humphreys/McCluskey) – 4:25
  4. "White Trash" (Humphreys/McCluskey/Cooper) – 4:35
  5. "Talking Loud and Clear" (Humphreys/McCluskey/Cooper) – 4:20
  • "The Angels Keep Turning (The Wheels of the Universe)" [free one-sided 7" single included with initial pressing of the album]

Personnel[edit]

Group members:

  • Paul Humphreys: vocals, Roland JP8, emulator, Korg Preset, acoustic piano, Fairlight CMI, celeste, Prophet 5
  • Andy McCluskey: vocals, bass guitar, guitar, Roland JP8, emulator, Fairlight CMI, Latin percussion
  • Martin Cooper: Prophet 5, emulator, tenor and soprano saxophones, Roland SH2, marimba
  • Malcolm Holmes: acoustic and electronic drums, Latin percussion, drum computer programming

Additional performers:

  • Gordan Troeller: piano on "Locomotion", JP8 on "White Trash"
  • Maureen Humphreys: vocals on "Tesla Girls"
  • Jan Faas, Jan Vennik, Bart van Lier: brass section on "Locomotion" and "All Wrapped Up"
  • Tony Visconti: brass arrangements on "Locomotion" and "All Wrapped Up"
  • Bob Ludwig: Mastering

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0753501597. 
  3. ^ Erskine, Evelyn (25 May 1984). "Junk Culture review". Ottawa Citizen. Google News. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Black, Johnny (26 April 1984). "Albums: OMD – Junk Culture". Smash Hits (London, England: Emap International Limited). p. 23. 
  6. ^ Everingham, Henry (9 July 1984). "Junk Culture. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". The Sydney Morning Herald. Google News. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Brown Jr., Carl (6 January 1985). "Junk Culture, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Reading Eagle. Google News. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1984: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of the ’80s — Part 5". Slicing Up Eyeballs. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014.