Song of the Day, November 13: Tesla Girls by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

OMDTeslaToday’s song is Tesla Girls by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark. After their strikingly experimental fourth album, Dazzle Ships, received relatively poor commercial and critical reception, the quartet regrouped. Their next disc, Junk Culture, was not a self-consciously commercial over-reaction, however. Instead, OMD took everything they had learned about crafting smart, electronic music and blended it back into their origins. The result is a stunning synth-dance set that proves what a powerful unit they are at their best.

The standout track is the third single, Tesla Girls. Taking it’s title from the Serbian scientist who was one of the great pioneers of the electric age, the song is a nod to the band’s frequent look at our reliance on power. It also hints at Tesla’s fleeting celebrity as OMD dissect romantic politics. The Tesla Girls course with energy, inviting the listener in with both excitement and risk. It’s a wonderful lyrical conceit that is played out in a joyous dance-pop setting. One of the most energetic songs in the OMD catalog, it’s a great track in its own right and a clear statement that the band still had a lot of fascinating music to offer.

Enjoy this infectious track today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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