After the commercial success of OMD's Architecture and Morality
album, which included their smash hit "Joan of Arc
" and "Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)
," this first release from its follow-up album Dazzle Ships
was too difficult for many and flopped, selling 300,000 compared to Architecture and Morality
's 3 million. McCluskey told The Guardian
: "It all made sense to us. We wanted to be Abba and Stockhausen. The machinery, bones and humanity were juxtaposed." He added: "I was the ideas man, Paul Humphreys made it happen. It was a symbiotic relationship. But I'm the one who took us right to the edge of the plank. When people heard Dazzle Ships
, they obviously preferred our music with the sweet wrapper on. Not a song about someone's hand being cut off by a totalitarian regime. After that, there was a conscious and unconscious reeling-in of our experimental side. We got more conservative."