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."
The song was mixed by Martin Hannett at Strawberry Studios in Manchester. Andy McCluskey recalled to Uncut: 'We didn't have a bass drum on 'Electricity', we'd used a detuned bass sound on our crappy Korg. And Martin thought it sounded horrible, so he put it through this 32-band parametric EQ and we thought, 'That's overkill, isn't it."
Despite never being a hit, this is a favourite song of OMD's fans. Paul Humphreys told Uncut: "We've never done a gig without playing 'Electricity', never. It's often the last encore. When we're doing our own tours, no song goes down better."