The short series dealing with the contents of the Use Hearing Protection box set. FAC6 has featured before on the blog, back in September 2018, when I had a look at all three versions of Electricity/Almost. A lot of what follows, is taken from that post.
The first version was FAC6, released in May 1979.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark had originally recorded both sides of the single with Martin Zero (aka Hannett) at the helm in Cargo Studios in Rochdale. They felt, however, that it was overproduced and so, at a studio in their home city of Liverpool, they re-recorded both songs with production being shared by the band and their manager Paul Collister. As a compromise, and not wishing to totally upset the volatile Hannett, it was agreed by Factory Records that the b-side from the Cargo sessions would be used.
Four months later, with the duo having now signed to DinDisc Records, the debut single was re-released, (catalogue # DIN2) but with it featuring the Hannett-helmed version as the a-side.
Neither release bothered the charts, but after a later single, Red Frame White Light (DIN6) managed to become a minor hit, DinDisc decided to re-release Electricity as part of the marketing campaign for the debut album. It also had the catalogue #DIN2, but it was different from the earlier DinDisc take on things as both sides of the 45 were the album versions, as produced by OMD and Chester Valentino (an alias adopted by Paul Collister).
But this series is, of course, only about the early Factory releases, so here, taken straight from the vinyl within the box set are the two songs on FAC6:-
mp3: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Electricity
mp3: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Almost
Incidentally, when I wrote about FAC6 back in September 2018, I mentioned that if you were lucky enough to have a good quality copy of the artefact, you could ask for and get in excess of £100 if you put up for sale.
Scratch that. The asking price for it nowadays is substantially over £200.