09/10/81 Joan Of Arc
Joan of Arc
Joan Of Arc had actually been the second song about Joan that had been written (Maid Of Orleans having initially been shelved).
The Romance Of The Telescope takes its title from a chapter in a book of astronomy that Paul and Andy had read. Due to the short period involved in recording the track (one day's work) Andy and Paul decided to label the song as 'unfinished'. However, with hindsight they decided that they liked the song and decided it was fine as a finished track.
There are several variations for the record labels for this release as follows:
- Initial releases featured a burgundy record label with the song credits picked out in silver.
- Later releases featured a darker, wine red label on one side with black credits and a slightly darker burgundy label with silver credits on the flipside.
- At the same time there were releases with the wine red labels on both sides and black credits.
- Later releases were issued with light red labels with the credits in black.
Initial copies of Joan Of Arc also featured a silver/grey sticker on the front stating the band's full name. The single releases from Architecture And Morality had adopted the now-common shorthand of 'OMD' which may have confused some people, hence the stickers.
Additional chart information provided by: Stuart Morris (Genola May)
Highest global chart position 5