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This was the debut single of the synthpop group OMD. The track is one of the band's most popular and recognisable songs even though it never became a hit.
Andy McCluskey of OMD revealed to Mojo magazine November 2009 that this song was influenced by the German synth pioneers Kraftwerk and particularly their single, "Radioactivity." He explained: "I'm sure it was Kraftwerk's influence behind our penchant for writing love songs to inanimate objects: aeroplanes, telephone boxes, oil refineries. We wrote Electricity when we were 16, the year we heard 'Radioactivity.' I remember many years later being invited to (ex Kraftwerk member) Wolfgang Flür's apartment and I happened to notice their gold record for 'Radioactivity,' which had been a single in France. I said, 'Oh Radioactivity, my favorite Kraftwerk song. You do know that our Electricity was our version of Radioactivity sped up.?' And Wolfgang and Karl said, 'Oh yes, we knew that.'"
Why the fascination with electricity? In our 2010 interview with Andy McCluskey
, he explained: "Paul (Humphreys) studied electronics and would probably have been an engineer if the band had not changed his life. No accidents yet. But there's still time."
Meshell talks about recording "Wild Night" with John Mellencamp, and explains why she shied away from the spotlight.
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Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).
The Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter. He explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.