Pandora's Box (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song)

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"Pandora's Box"
Pandora's Box OMD.jpg
Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
from the album Sugar Tax
B-side "All She Wants Is Everything"
Released 24 June 1991 (1991-06-24)
Format 7", 12", CD single, Cassette single
Genre Synthpop, Euro disco
Length 4:09 (album version)
4:06 (single version)
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) OMD
Producer(s) OMD
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark singles chronology
"Sailing on the Seven Seas"
"Pandora's Box"
"Then You Turn Away"

"Pandora's Box", subtitled "It's a Long, Long Way" for the US release, is a song by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released as the second single from their 1991 album Sugar Tax. It was inspired by silent film actress Louise Brooks and is named after the 1929 film Pandora's Box in which she starred. The phrase "Pandora's box" does not appear in the song.

The single was a Top 10 hit in the UK and throughout Europe. Three remixes were made for this release, remixed by Danny Griffiths, Carl Segal, and Steve Anderson respectively. Anderson's shorter remix is the main single version. Additional remixes and edits appear on promotional and limited editions.

MTV Europe ranked "Pandora's Box" as the 55th greatest song of 1991.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video is in black and white and features Louise Brooks and singer Andy McCluskey. According to the video intro, all of the scenes of Brooks in the video are from the original 1928 film.

Track listings[2][edit]

7" and cassette single (UK)[edit]

Virgin / VS 1331

Side One

  1. "Pandora's Box"

Side Two

  1. "All She Wants Is Everything"

12" (UK, Europe)[edit]

Virgin / VST 1331

Side One

  1. "Pandora's Box" (Constant Pressure 12" Mix)
  2. "All She Wants Is Everything"

Side Two

  1. "Pandora's Box" (Abstract Mix)

CD Single (UK, Europe)[edit]

Virgin / VSCDT 1331

Also available as second part of the Special Collectors Edition tri-pack released with Sailing on the Seven Seas.

  1. "Pandora's Box"
  2. "All She Wants Is Everything"
  3. "Pandora's Box" (Constant Pressure 12" Mix)
  4. "Pandora's Box" (Diesel Fingers 12" Mix)

CD Single (Limited Edition, UK)[edit]

This release was issued in a black-stained wooden box with a paper wrap.

Virgin / VSCDX 1331

  1. "Pandora's Box"
  2. "Pandora's Box" (Lost Girl Mix)
  3. "Pandora's Box" (Abstract Mix)
  4. "Pandora's Box" (American Venus 7" Mix)

12" (US)[edit]

Virgin / 0-96338

Side One

  1. "Pandora's Box" (It's A Long, Long Way) (Diesel Fingers Mix)
  2. "Pandora's Box" (It's A Long, Long Way) (Abstract Mix)

Side Two

  1. "Pandora's Box" (It's A Long, Long Way) (Constant Pressure 12" Mix)
  2. "Pandora's Box" (It's A Long, Long Way) (Prize Of Beauty Mix)
  3. "Sugar Tax"

CD Single (US)[edit]

Virgin / 2-96338

  1. "Pandora's Box" (It's A Long, Long Way) (Andy McCluskey 7")
  2. "Pandora's Box" (It's A Long, Long Way) (Constant Pressure 12")
  3. "Sugar Tax"
  4. "All She Wants Is Everything"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1991)[3] Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 7
French Singles Chart 49
Swedish Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 7
US Hot Dance Club Play Chart 11
US Modern Rock Chart 19
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 25
Chart (1992) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 53

Cover versions[edit]

  • Estonian singer Jüri Homenja has made a cover version of the song named "Pandora laegas".[5]


  1. ^ "Top 100 of 1991". MTV Europe. December 1991.
  2. ^ "Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Pandora's Box". Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  3. ^ French, Austrian and Swedish Singles Chart (Retrieved 26 December 2007)
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ "Jüri Homeja - Pandora laegas". Retrieved 11 July 2010. 

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