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Monday, March 22, 2004

I Nearly Became a Human
Many of the electronic artists who emerged in the 1970s felt that songs created from machines also demanded lyrics that were seemingly delivered by machines. The initial Human League albums were sci-fi extravaganzas, Kraftwerk was Kraftwerk, and Gary Numan was Gary Numan.

One of the earliest exceptions to this rule was Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, a band that would rather sing about Joan of Arc than a pocket calculator. Their output is impressive: "Electricity," "Enola Gay," the aforementioned "Joan of Arc" and "Maid of Orleans," "Tesla Girls," most of Crush ("So in Love," "Bloc Bloc Bloc," "Crush," "88 Seconds in Greensboro," "The Native Daughters of the Golden West," "The Lights are Going Out"), and almost every song on The Pacific Age (in my view, only "We Love You" is weak, and that's probably only because KROQ played it to death).

I have written the perfect OMD song. Actually, I haven't written the entire song - just the title. "Southern Black Catholic With a Broken Heart." This is OMD, is it not?

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