If you want it
RELEASED: 6th September 2010

CHART PERFORMANCE: No. 49 (German Singles Chart), No. 176 (UK Singles Chart)

First single from 'History Of Modern'

As the first single to feature the band's most well-known line-up since 1988's 'Dreaming', 'If You Want It' is, in many ways, remarkably similar to the band's work from that late 1980's period. And whilst some may consider that a bad thing (groups are are accused of 'repeating themselves' if they look to their earlier music for inspiration), it could also be seen in a different light- as refreshing, as proof that OMD were able to hark back to their early days (if not perhaps as 'early' as some fans would have liked) without sounding old fashioned, out of date, and out of style.

Yes, the track is a little corny in places. There is even evidence that it was written for the infamously McCluskey-coordinated '90s girl group Atomic Kitten; it's in a unusually high key, it was co-written by Tracey Carmen, who just happened to be co-writer of one of Atomic Kitten's actual singles, as well as their choreographer, and McCluskey himself refuses to say who it was written for at all.

But once you have broken the initial 'cheesy' (an adjective that springs to mind particularly when you realise how much the group's music has changed since first single 'Electricity') barrier, however, it is very difficult to deny that 'If You Want It' is infectiously catchy and has the potential to become one of those songs you might want to play as loud as you can out of your car speakers when driving down a long stretch of sandy, typically-American highway (particularly the build up at the end of the bridge, which bursts from McCluskey's pleads of 'show me, show me, show me!' into immensely powerful final chorus repeats).

Just make sure you keep in mind that (providing you're not breaking the speed limit if you do decide to try the car/highway experiment ) it isn't a crime to enjoy this song- played at very high volume or otherwise!
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'If You Want It' Vinyl Single:
If You Want It
Idea 1
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U.K. CD Single Tracklist:
If You Want It (French Horn Rebellion Remix)
If You Want It (We Have Band)
If You Want It (Villa Nah Remix)
If You Want It (Club Royale Remix)
If You Want It (Teeth Remix)
If You Want It (Syntomatix Remix)
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Germany CD Single Tracklist:
If You Want It
Alone
If You Want It (Villa Nah Remix)
If You Want It (Club Royale Remix)

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