Song of the Day, November 11: Sister Marie Says by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

OMDSisterMarieToday’s song waited 30 years and a band breakup and reunion to finally see the light of day. Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark composed early elements of Sister Marie Says during the productive days of their first three albums. With all the amazing music they were crafting, many interesting ideas got shelved, the good Sister among them. In 1996, with OMD functioning mostly as a solo project for Andy McCluskey, he dusted off the demos and considered them for the group’s seemingly final album, 1996’s Universal. It didn’t quite fit, so he set it aside again.

In 2010, McCluskey and Paul Humphreys reunited, bringing back long-time collaborators Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes. The reunited quartet crafted one of their finest outings, The History of Modern. As the teaser for the project, they released a finally finished version of Sister Marie Says. It was worth the wait.

It’s a smart look at where we put our faith — and where that faith will get us.

Life is full of sorrow you need a rest from pain, so call yourself believers and you’ll all get fooled again

With a classic synth-pop line and the kind of organic energy only OMD could generate, it’s a compelling song. It also features a magical vocal from McCluskey, letting us know that OMD were back in full force.

Enjoy this dark meditation 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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