Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Talking Loud and Clear

Composed by Martin Cooper / Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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This lovely single from June 1984 had whimsy written all over it. The crystalline melody spills out like tinkling bells and the keyboards splash about in effervescent bubbles of riffs, while the synths provide a warm undertow to the sound. But, as evanescent as it all is, the solid rhythm beating underneath pushes a shimmering song straight onto the dancefloor. Although "Talking Loud and Clear" is quite sophisticated in arrangement, musicianship, and production, OMD still manage to create the most childlike of milieus, capturing both the naïveté of youth and a gentle joie de vivre within its atmosphere. This aura dovetails perfectly with the lyrics, which take delight in resurrecting an idyllic moment in time, "lying in the grass with the sun on our backs," and the reaching of a perfect understanding between two companions. Deftly penned, the lyrics could alternately describe the close friendships of childhood or a more adult moment of love. Spun off the group's Junk Culture album, the splendor of "Talking Loud and Clear" wafted straight up the British charts to number 11.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Junk Culture 1984 Universal 4:22
Super 20 Hit-Sensation 1984
Various Artists
Ariola 3:28
The Best of OMD 1988 A&M 3:53
No Image 1990
Various Artists
OldGold 3:58
Universal [Single w/ King of Stone] 1996 Virgin
The OMD Singles 1998 Virgin 3:55
The 80's DVD Jukebox 2004
Various Artists
Classic Pictures
Live: Architecture & Morality & More 2008 Salvo
Live: Architecture & Morality and More 2008 Eagle Vision
Messages: OMD Greatest Hits 2008 EMD Int'l
No Image Private Issue 6:09
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