Let’s go back in time! 40 years ago, the Manchester scene swarmed the music industry. Hacienda club nights in the heart of the city, the rise of the synth-wave movement, and the cultural effervescence kept alive through the years, thanks to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, also known as OMD. Why not play the DJ and get that exclusive 12” to spin on Record Store Day? Is this a good deal? We think so!
The Dark Side of the War
OMD released ‘Enola Gay’ in 1980. This era wasn’t as open-minded as today, and the song was considered controversial at the time. Censored by many because people associated the title to sexuality, ‘Enola Gay’ was, in fact, another story. Originally the band made an anti-war electronic anthem. The track took its inspiration from the ‘Little Boy’, a small atomic bomb, and the plane which carried it, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The rest is history. Curious? Watch the original video from the eighties below.
Enjoy the Exclusives!
On this Record Store Day, do you fancy hearing some new remixes with that beautiful popcorn vinyl vintage sound? This will be possible if you hurry up and get your hands on ‘Enola Gay’ exclusive colored 12” vinyl on June 12th. Both sides will be amazing reworks of the iconic OMD track, one by indie-dance pioneers Hot Chip and another by Scottish producer Theo Kottis. Still driving these contemporary rhythmic sounds, the versions evolve in time. Tap your feet, move your body, and you are all set with the new beats crafting. The song is always relevant and still has a place in the struggles and political situations of today.
Even if you weren’t born at the time it was originally released, you’ll get the smile on with the upbeat, fast-paced twist. The song was also featured recently on Russell T. Davies’ It’s A Sin starring Olly Alexander from Years & Years. ‘Enola Gay’ left such a legacy, opening the way for many artists, in some aesthetic and creative point of views along the other Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark track ‘If You Leave’ that appeared on Pretty In Pink. Go check the John Hughes movie collection because all we can say is the soundtracks are iconic! And while you’re at it, get a glimpse of what you’ll find on the 33 1⁄3 rpm record coming up.
But if getting new gems is not enough, you can also enjoy some great performance vibes in a few weeks. Set the date! On June 19th, the band will go on stage for a special live stream. Proceeds will go to the crews, raising awareness of the actual crisis. You can get your tix to help, and more information can be found here.
Want to know where to grab a copy of the ‘Enola Gay’ limited edition vinyl? Find all the info you need and the store near you here. Have something to say about the original song or the remixes? Let us know on Twitter @TheHoneyPOP, Facebook, or Instagram.
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Featured image source: Alex Lake