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
Length 43:05
Label Virgin
Producer Brian Tench and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
Dazzle Ships
Junk Culture
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]


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


  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.