Enola Gay OMD
Song Title: Enola Gay
Date of release: 26th of September 1980
Description: ” Enola Gay ” is by OMD ( Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ), the British electronic music group. The song was written by Andy McCluskey.
Production for the song was by OMD members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys along with Mike Howlett.
Mike Howlett is a Fijian musician and a Grammy Award winning producer based in the United Kingdom. He has worked with artists like Martha & The Muffins, Joan Armatrading, Sniff ‘n’ the Tears and The Alarm.
” Enola Gay ” was released on the 26th of September 1980 by record label Dindisc, although the label is no longer active it’s parent company is Virgin Records and re-releases carry the Dindisc name. The song was taken from OMD’s 1980 Album ” Organisation ” and was the only song to be released.
The song is an anti-war song and lyrically talks about the first Atomic bomb to be used during a conflict. The ” Enola Gay ” is actually the name of the aeroplane that carried and later dropped ” Little boy ” ( The bomb’s nickname ) on the city of Hiroshima ( Meaning Broad Island in Japanese ) in 1945.
OMD named the song after the USAAF B-29 Superfortress bomber, called the ” Enola Gay “. The plane was named after pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets mother. In the song they question if it was right to drop the bomb which wiped out over 100,000 people from the city by asking listeners ” It shouldn’t ever have to end this way “.
They also mention the exact time the bomb was detonated with the line ” It’s 8:15, and that’s the time that it’s always been “, which is reference to the time-pieces stopping at that time of the detonation.
The blast was so powerful that it vaporized all living things in the area, a now famous image is of an anonymous subject which was vapourized and his or her shadow permanently left on stone steps of a bank building, a reminder of the power of ” Little Boy “.
The city of Hiroshima has an official flower called The oleander ( Nerium oleander ), the flowering evergreen shrub was the first plant to bloom there after the explosion in 1945, and so the city adopted it as their official flower as a symbol of hope and regeneration.
The song is clearly about that day in 1945 that ended the second World war, but many people misunderstood what the song was about and actually thought it was a cryptic hidden message that the group members were Gay. The BBC One programme ” Swap Shop ” ( Multi-Coloured Swap Shop ), a popular British children’s entertainment show hosted by Noel Edmonds, banned the song from being played after fears it would be a corrupting sexual influence on their mainly young audience.
Although the song was banned from one of the most popular shows on tv at the time, the song was a massive hit for OMD. Sales went on to be in excess of 5 Million copies Worldwide.
The song was released in the United Kingdom on the 4th of October and entered the chart at number 35. Within 3 weeks it had climbed 27 places to peak at number 8. It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 15 weeks on the UK chart. In Spain and Italy the song reached Number One.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 47, France (IFOP) 6, Ireland (IRMA) 14, Italy (FIMI) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 31, Spain (AFE) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
Official Website: Omd.uk.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/OrchestralManoeuvresintheDark