Universal (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 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 Synthpop
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 number 50 on 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 of the album version. It was edited by Pete Lewis. Like the previous single "Walking on the Milky Way", it was released on CD and cassette formats but not on 7" or 12" vinyl.

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)"

The live tracks were recorded at Birmingham NEC in December 1993 for transmission on the BBC on the 7th December 1993.


Chart (1996) Peak
UK Singles Chart 50