Never Turn Away

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"Never Turn Away"
Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
from the album Junk Culture
B-side "Wrappup"
"Waiting for the Man" (live)
Released October 29, 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded Air Studios, Montserrat
Genre New wave
Length 3:57
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Humphreys/McCluskey
Producer(s) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Brian Tench
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark singles chronology
"Tesla Girls"
"Never Turn Away"
"So in Love"

"Never Turn Away" is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released as the fourth single from their 1984 album, Junk Culture. It is sung by Paul Humphreys, who ordinarily functions as keyboard player and backing vocalist.

Music journalist Carl Brown Jr. of the Reading Eagle named "Never Turn Away" as the standout track from Junk Culture, calling it "a soft, subtle song that succeeds from both a melodic and lyrical viewpoint".[1] AllMusic critic Ned Raggett also singled out the "elegiac" number as one of the album's highlights.[2]


The song "Wrappup" is a dubbed version of "All Wrapped Up" (which features on Junk Culture). The second B-side, a live version of "Waiting for the Man", only featured on the extended version of the single (the extended version of "Never Turn Away" has an extra verse added to the song). The live of "Waiting for the Man" was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. Picture discs include a unique extended version of "Never Turn Away".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never Turn Away" – 3:57
  2. "Wrappup" – 4:00
7" picture disc
  1. "Never Turn Away" – 4:34
  2. "Wrappup" – 4:00
  1. "Never Turn Away" (extended version) – 6:31
  2. "Wrappup" – 4:00
  3. "Waiting for the Man" (live) – 3:31

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 70
Irish Singles Chart[4] 29


  1. ^ Brown Jr., Carl (6 January 1985). "Junk Culture, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Reading Eagle. Google News. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. Junk Culture. AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  4. ^ " search results". Retrieved 2 August 2009.