Song Lyric Sunday – 26 September 2021 – Talking Loud and Clear

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Other, That, or This.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

I was living in Germany in 1969 when Kraftwerk was formed in Düsseldorf. They were widely considered as pioneers of electronic music.

By 1978, when Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) were formed in Wirral, Mersyside, I was very familiar with electronic music and was again living in Germany. This has absolutely nothing to do with my choice of song today but it did resurrect a few memories!

The song I’ve chosen for your delectation is Talking Loud And Clear by OMD. I have used Matthew Rudd’s review as a basis for my blurb!

The song was released in the summer of 1984 from the album Junk Culture. It was, essentially, an electro ballad and allowed Andy McCluskey to deliver his softest and most understated vocal yet, in contradiction to the title and general theme of the song.

The songs introduction allows a new instrument or track to be introduced at the end of each bar. There are a few synth effects with a bass drum to start with, then a simple electronic melody track, a harmony of which is then added. The drums and bassline then kick in, and that bassline provides the eventual vocal melody for McCluskey. Finally, we get the strident brass section before the singer, after a minute, finally begins to almost whisper a song about talking loud and clear!

The lyrics hint at a couple totally in tune with each other, happy to say what they think even though they may not need to talk aloud to achieve total harmony.

There is a lovely oboe interlude between verses and after the final lyrics the track carries on for more than a minute with oboe and trumpets before fading away.

The video is slightly peculiar and I have no idea what it is trying to achieve.

The original release video – Make of it what you will!

In this video, with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2009, Andy McCluskey forgets the lyrics but manages to carry it through with aplomb!

Talking Loud and Clear

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Talking loud and clear
Saying just what I feel
Lying in the grass
With the sun on our backs
It doesn’t really matter
What we do or what we say
With every little movement
We give ourselves away

Opposite and opposite
Decisions are reversed
Facing one another
With words that couldn’t hurt
With every little word
You’re getting closer to me
Talking loud and clear
Saying just what we feel today

Talking loud and clear
Saying just what we feel
Lying in the grass
We’ve got time on our hands
Body next to body
With silence all around
We understand each other
But didn’t make a sound

Promises and promises
Of vows we shall return
Facing one another
I thought my heart would burn
You turn to move away
But then get closer to me
Talking loud and clear
Saying just what we feel today

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Martin Handsley Cooper / Paul David Humphreys / Andrew Mc Cluskey

Talking Loud and Clear lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

29 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 26 September 2021 – Talking Loud and Clear

  1. I have never heard of this group nor this song. I love how you manage to introduce me to so much music. Good stuff! And I have to agree, the first video is definitely Wizard of Ozish!

    Totally different feel with the orchestra.

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  2. Wowza on the vids! GREAT! 🙂
    The first one was a bit The Wizard of Oz-zy! 🙂
    Wonderful song…really peppy and joyful! Definitely a day-brightener! HA! Love his dancing in the second vid! 🙂
    Thank you, Peter!!! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Kind Sir! 🙂
        Your place is a safe happy place where I find joy, smiles, laughter, poems, music, interesting new things, ETC! I always feel better after being here. I usually always come here feeling pretty darn good…but always feel even better-er afterwards! 🙂 😀

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