Universal (OMD song)

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Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
from the album Universal
Released 21 October 1996
Recorded The Townhouse, London
Genre New wave
Length 5:41 (album version)
3:32 (single edit)
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Andy McCluskey
Producer(s) Andy McCluskey, Matthew Vaughan, David Nicholas
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark singles chronology
"Walking on the Milky Way"
"If You Want It"

"Universal" is a song the British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) released as the second and last single from their album Universal.

The single peaked at #50 in the UK Singles Chart. This version is slightly different from the original, adding the female singers to the beginning and editing out the lengthy introduction. It was edited by Pete Lewis.

The poor performance of the single and its parent album prompted singer Andy McCluskey to disband the group. It would remain their final single for over a decade until the band's reunion.

Track listing[edit]

5" CD single 1[edit]

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  1. "Universal" (single edit) - 3:32
  2. "Heaven Is (live)" - 4:49
  3. "Messages (live)" - 4:34
  4. "Universal (album version)" - 5:40

5" CD single 2[edit]

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  1. "Universal"
  2. "King of Stone (live)"
  3. "Talking Loud and Clear (live)"
  4. "Universal (album version)"


Chart (1996) Peak
UK Singles Chart 50