Having once heard OMD's inspired cover, it's difficult to believe that this song first entered the charts back in 1945. "The More I See You" was initially featured in the Betty Grable film Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe, and taken into the US Top 10 by Dick Haymes. A generation later, Chris Montez returned the song to the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with his 1966 hit cover. And 14 years after that, OMD cut their own version for their Organization album, and turned the song inside out.
Toying with its love laced lyrics, and dramatically shifting the atmospheres from the splendors of lush synthi-pop to the dark, febrile heart of doomy Goth, Andy McCluskey drops his voice over an octave within, his deep baritone suggesting not romance but obsession, and at times naked threat, while Paul Humphreys's adds an edge of desperation behind him.
The bottom heavy arrangement, thudding around Malcolm Holmes's drums and McCluskey's ominous bass line, adds to the discomfiture, which even the brash keys and synths can't dispel. OMD recorded few covers, but whenever they did, they totally reinvented the number, bringing a startling new reading to the