"Locomotion" is a hit single recorded and released by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and is also the first single taken from their 1984 album, Junk Culture. The song marries downcast lyrics with upbeat melodies and was one of the group's biggest European hits, reaching the top five in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, and charting at number 14 in Germany.
The song was recorded in the last week during the sessions at Montserrat before overdubbing the drums at ICP Studios in Brussels. The original song was combined with a steel drum rhythm that Paul Humphreys had written the previous week and a bass line and piano that Gordian Troeller (the band's manager) contributed. The track was mixed and the brass added at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. The brass arrangements were made by Tony Visconti.
"Locomotion" was poorly received within BBC Radio 1's "Roundtable" discussion upon release. Conversely, critic Dave Thompson lauded the track in a retrospective review for AllMusic. He wrote: "The clapping beats are the song's engine, powering the piece across every ocean. No two-ton train this, but a sleek hovercraft, so aerodynamic that the vessel never actually touches the waves. And everything about this number spells lightness: the breezy melody, the tootling synths, the giddy keyboards, and -- best of all -- the band's effervescent harmonies. Indeed, this is the only way to travel, light on one's feet straight across the dancefloor."
All formats featured "Her Body in My Soul" on the B-side. There is an additional track on the 12" vinyl and 3" CD singles, "The Avenue". Both songs can be found on the B-sides compilation album, Navigation: The OMD B-Sides (2001). "The Avenue" was the first song recorded at Montserrat and deals with the repetition of mistakes that people have made before you. The sample used in the song is taken from the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker, released in 1979.