Dreaming (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song)

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Dreaming OMD.jpg
Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
from the album The Best of OMD
  • "Satellite"
  • "Gravity Never Failed"
Released25 January 1988 (1988-01-25)
FormatVinyl: 7", 10", 12", CD: 3", 5"[citation needed]
GenreSynthpop, new wave
6:26 (Extended version)
Songwriter(s)Humphreys, McCluskey
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark singles chronology
"Brides of Frankenstein"

"Dreaming" is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark initially released in January 1988 as a single from their forthcoming compilation album, The Best of OMD released in March. It was a hit in the United States, reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 6 on the Dance chart. The track had limited success in the band's home country, where it peaked at number 50 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was re-released in the UK in June 1988 in new 7" gatefold and CD single as well as 12" formats although again failed to make the UK Charts.[citation needed]

The cover art was designed by Stylorouge, with photography by Andrew Catlin.[citation needed]

Until OMD's reformation in 2010, "Dreaming" was the last single to feature the group's original line-up; lead singer Andy McCluskey was the only core member to appear on their 1991–1996 output. McCluskey performed the song live during the 1990s when Humphreys was no longer in the group.[citation needed]


Stewart Mason, in a retrospective review for AllMusic, described the song as "dynamite", and wrote: "['Dreaming'] is easily the group's best single since 1983's 'Telegraph'... It's a near-perfect pop song, perhaps the last great single by an '80s synth-pop band."[1]

Conversely, McCluskey named "Dreaming" as a song he wishes OMD had never released, while criticising its lyrical content.[2]


All the single versions include "Satellite" as a B-side. The other B-side, "Gravity Never Failed", was a bonus track on the 12" and CD single. This song was originally titled "Georgia" and dates back to the 1981 Architecture & Morality sessions. However, the band lost their favour with the song and was thus shelved, and the title "Georgia" was given to a new song and featured on the album. "Gravity Never Failed" has subsequently been included on CD re-issues of the Architecture & Morality album (2003 & 2007), as well as on the Navigation: The OMD B-Sides compilation album, unlike "Satellite", which remains unique to this release.

Track listing[edit]

7" and limited edition 7"
  1. "Dreaming" – 4:00
  2. "Satellite" – 5:14
Special limited edition 10"
  1. "Dreaming" (The William Orbit Remix) – 7:15
  2. "Dreaming" (7" version) – 3:56
  3. "Messages" – 4:41
  4. "Secret" – 3:57
  1. "Dreaming" (extended mix) – 6:19
  2. "Satellite" – 5:09
  3. "Gravity Never Failed" – 3:29
CD and limited edition mini-CD
  1. "Dreaming" (extended mix) – 6:26
  2. "Satellite" – 5:14
  3. "Gravity Never Failed" – 3:27
  4. "Dreaming" (seven inch version) – 4:00

Official versions[edit]

Version Length Remixed by Comment
Single version 3:54 Tom Lord-Alge
Extended Mix 6:26 Tom Lord-Alge
Club Mix Edit 4:58 Bruce Forest US promo
Extended 12" Club Mix 8:22 Bruce Forest US promo
The William Orbit Remix 7:15 William Orbit 10"
Dub Mix 4:29 OMD
Club Mix 7:13 OMD also known as 12" USA Club Mix
Radio USA Mix 3:50

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 33
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 37
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 50
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 16


  1. ^ "Dreaming" review at AllMusic.
  2. ^ "OMD interview - Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys (part 3)". FaceCulture. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 224. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA from mid 1983 until 19 June 1988.
  4. ^ "Musicline.de – Omd Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) – Dreaming". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.