OMD Singles from the 70s and the 80s

Locomotion

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Locomotion 02/04/84 Locomotion

 

Locomotion

The first single from the album “Junk Culture”

Locomotion was originally a song about disabled people, although Andy had carried the phrase "Across every ocean, for the sake of locomotion" in his head for some time.

Locomotion was recorded in the last week during the Montserrat sessions before overdubbing the drums at ICP Studios, Brussels. The original song was combined with a steel drum rhythm that Paul had written the previous week and a bass line and piano that Gordian Troeller contributed. The track was mixed and the brass added at Wisselood, Holland. Tony Visconti did the brass arrangements.

There are three distinct variations for this release:

  • Glossy card sleeve.
  • Scratch competition on the reverse.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt as "Manoeuvers" on the sleeve.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt as "Manoeuvers" on the record label.
  • Glossy card sleeve.
  • No scratch competition on the reverse.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt as "Manoeuvers" on the sleeve.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt as "Manoeuvers" on the record label.
  • Thin paper sleeve.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt correctly on the sleeve.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt correctly on the A side record label.
  • "Manoeuvres" spelt as "Manoeuvers" on the B side.
Additional chart information provided by: Stuart Morris (Genola May)
Highest global chart position 4
Where Ireland.

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