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O.M.D. – Tesla Girls (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 23rd, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

“Tesla Girls” is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released as the third single from their 1984 album, Junk Culture. It charted at #21 in the UK and Ireland, and #33 in the Netherlands. Although only moderately successful on the charts, it became one of the group’s biggest club hits.

Musician and writer Kim Wilde slammed “Tesla Girls” on release, calling it “inane and monotonous”. Critic Dave Thompson, in a retrospective review for AllMusic described the song as “electrifying”, adding: “The clever lyrics are almost as smart as the music pounding across this song. Cutting-edge scratch production drives the sound, slamming beats fuel the fire, and an irrepressible melody and ‘no, no, no’ chorus all conspire to turn ‘Tesla Girls’ anthemic, while the soaring synths set the blood pumping…a quintessential dance number.” Colleague Ned Raggett wrote: “‘Tesla Girls’ is easily the group’s high point when it comes to sheer sprightly pop…witty lines about science and romance [are] wedded to a great melody (prefaced by a brilliant, hyperactive intro).”

The single performed more poorly than expected mainly due to a lack of media coverage. Controversy surrounded the song’s video, which some in the media had slammed as ‘sexist’. In fact, the video, which was largely Andy McCluskey’s idea, was lampooning the style of American music videos the band was pressured into making by Virgin Records in the hope of breaking into the U.S. market. He believed that American music videos relied heavily on attractive young female models posing and preening in front of the camera. While few got the joke, a furor did develop. It was the last time Virgin Records interfered with the style of videos of the band’s singles.

The song featured in the 1985 film Weird Science.

SIDE A:
Tesla Girls (Specially Remixed Version) 5:03

SIDE B:
Tesla Girls (Instrumental Version) 4:43
Tesla Girls (Video Version) 3:26

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: A&M Records ‎– SP-12120
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Design – P/S/A*
Photography By – Trevor Key
Producer – Brian TenchO.M.D.*
Written-By – O.M.D.*

NOTES:
Promotion Copy – Not For Sale
Original version appears on the A&M album “JUNK CULTURE”

Band name printed as ‘O.M.D.’ on the front cover and ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’ on the spine and labels.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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35 Responses to “O.M.D. – Tesla Girls (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. I love OMD. Do you also have the 1988 remix of Secret (both the 7″ & 12″). If you could post those next please!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar I will see what I can do for you 🙂

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    OMAR Reply:

    thankx.

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  2. Stefano Says:

    Ooh, OMD! Such a great choice. I like ‘Tesla Girls’ a lot, especially the instrumental bridge in the intro.
    I think the ‘normal’ extended version (4:35), which was released in the European territories, is much better than this remix. Never really ‘understood’ this remix.

    Hope you’ll post more OMD in the future. Would be nice to post the European 12 inch of this track as well, so the BTG’ers can decide for themselves if they like the remix or the extended version.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Stefano I will be posting more OMD however this is the only 12″ of “Tesla Girls” that I currently have.

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    Robert Reply:

    I agree, Stefano. I’d never heard this US mix until now, and it compelled me to run to put on my UK 12″. The extended version is much more of a classic 12″ extended mix, while this mix, I hardly understand how it could help the commercial potential as more than half of it is a rather abstract beat collage. Interesting, but certainly not adding much to the song’s appeal. However, I’m happy Paul did this work, as these mixes are certainly harder to come by!

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    NKelly Reply:

    Well i like it and i have the other mix on CD since the 90’s

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    Stefano Reply:

    Hi NKelly, which CD has the extended version?

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    NKelly Reply:

    Oops thought it was this… http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-The-Best-Of-OMD/release/615534
    I will have to check my CD collection maybe i thought that as this compilation was the one that introduced me to Tesla Girls in about 1990

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    Stefano Reply:

    Hi NKelly, that compilation has the original single version, not the extended 4:35 version.

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    NKelly Reply:

    Yes i know now i gave two clear indications that i realised i had made an error in my reply starting with Oops.

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    Stefano Reply:

    Sorry, didn’t see that.

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  3. Ezequiel Says:

    Hi, I didn’t know this song, even though I like OMD . I found it very colourful, as the great record sleeve. But what I paid attention most, is at the perfect sound. You made a massive engineering work; beautiful result!
    Hugs

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ezequiel 🙂

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  4. Chwee Says:

    This is a delightful surprise Paul. Back in 1984 when we were merely high school students we used to laughed at the song singing ‘testicals, testicals’, since English is not our Native language. LOL!! ~ chwee

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Great story Chwee thanks for sharing your fun memories with us 🙂

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  5. Robert Says:

    Thank you, Paul. Quite pleased to see more OMD receiving your impeccable attention!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Robert 🙂

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  6. Junior Says:

    Great OMD fan aswell. Not aware of this until today.

    Thanks for opening up my ears, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy! Junior 🙂

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  7. mothloop Says:

    O.M.D. have always been a favorite of mine. I saw them live at a small venue in Buffalo, NY in 1985… Andy McClusky went nuts doing his “dad dance” while singing this one. Great energy for great times! I never had the promo of this, so thanks for it and as always for continuing your fine job on the blog.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Bet that was a fun show Mothloop 🙂

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  8. Marcelino Says:

    I love OMD… It would be great if you could get the “(Forever) Live And Die” Remix, there is a 12″ that includes 7″ version, extended version and the song “This Town”.
    Also “secrets” will be appreciated!
    It’s the first time I donate for a site, and it totally worth it so far…

    Thankyouverymuch!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Marcelino I have more OMD coming 🙂

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  9. Jeff Says:

    Paul, I flipped for this when it was first released. I, like others, really enjoy the original version. I didn’t understand the reasoning behind this mix, as the “electricity” of the original was all but zapped out. The remix service Razormaid! did my favorite mix of this, based off the original version. That mix is the definitive dance mix of this song. Your hair will stand on end because of its excitement.

    Paul, please know that I loved how you mastered this remix though. Amazing stuff soundwise, as always. And at least it has the video mix on it so people can hear what a fabulous song this is.

    Have an Electric Day Paul!!!

    Jeff

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    Jeff Reply:

    Hey Guys!

    Check it here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVzF_6Wz_xc

    Jeff

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Haven’t heard the Razormaid version is a while. Thanks for that link. 🙂

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  10. Hernán Says:

    WOW! Thank You Paul!

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  11. David Says:

    Oh, wow! Never heard this remix before. It’s a weird one, to be sure. A really strange dub mix of the era. Do you have any information on its origins, the remixer, etc?

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    David Reply:

    And that “instrumental version” is more than a little weird too.

    By the way – do you check that your promo 12″es are up on discogs.com? It’s a great place to gather everything. I find it approximately infallible as a record collector, and enormously useful when I’m writing bands up for Wikipedia.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah David I buy most of mt records there 🙂

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  12. NKelly Says:

    Finally got to playing these. Never heard the mixes before (tracks 1 and 2) and i think they’re good mixes. The other 12″ mix has been available on CD for quite some time. Wasn’t even aware these ones existed though. Any more OMD would be appreciated (you’ve obviously mentioned more are on the way). Look forward to them. Saw them live 3-4 times all since the comeback. They are absolutely amazing live and i love the two comeback albums so much. Very highly recommended

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  13. dazz22 Says:

    cheers for this unf my speed seems crap coming down at 6k

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  14. Goodguy Says:

    This is one of my top five fave OMD tracks, and the only one I got laughed at when playing for friends! It’s a bit…well “cute” is one way to put it. Far more of an “example” of that aspect of the 80s. It’s as fun as hell though…even if I stick to headphones.

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  15. Jason Says:

    Thanks Paul. Never heard this song but looking forward to listening.

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