OMD: Dresden UK CD 
- Dresden [Single Version]
- Time Burns
- Dresden [John Foxx and The Maths Remix]
- Dresden [Mike Jolly’s Architectural Remix]
- Dresden [Bounce Darkside Remix]
Be careful what you wish for, you might get it!
No sooner did I have the new OMD album under my skin, than I was struck by the notion that with John Foxx + The Maths opening for OMD on their UK tour, this would be the perfect time for OMD fan Benge of The Maths to get close enough to OMD to suggest perhaps producing them; possibly the only way that the group could be lifted out of their comfort zone and chance the notion of real growth even at this late stage of the game.
Fast forward just days later and I discovered that hey ho – John Foxx + The Maths have remixed the next OMD single to be released from “English Electric.” “Dresden” is a jolly number that was a strong choice for a single to begin with; the actual bass guitar Andy played on the track added to its vibrant, propulsive urgency as did its lack of a chorus. Never mind that the lyrics strongly play against the upbeat melodies with a painful rumination on a family shattered by the breakup of a marriage. The juxtaposition is an old OMD technique! But the fact remains; nothing sounds better than analog synths and OMD, for all of their accomplishments, seem to have turned their back on the messy past. Thank goodness that JF+TM are here to set things straight.
That’s what I’ve been missing! The thrilling sloppiness of the random fire element that only comes with analog synths. It’s highly ironic to read Andy McCluskey complaining about the sterility of Kraftwerk post-Trans-Europe Express, then go back to soft synths! The remix is an orgy of excitement with stunning new countermelodies added to the mix that soar even as the moroderesque sequences in the intro give the track a firm foundation. It sounds like they’ve run the drum machine through a flanger as well [sigh].
As rousing as this is, there’s no denying that the end result is 65% John Foxx + The Maths and only about 35% OMD, but in bringing together the DNA of two of my favorite artists ever in this song, it would be churlish of me to complain. Especially when the end result makes me positively euphoric as it does! But if this remix leads to production for OMD in the future [crosses fingers] then the end product should be set more firmly in the OMD camp than this remix is. And if it never happens [choke!] that at the very least, this remix made it out to the world to show that I’m not a madman after all! “Dresden” will be available on Monday, May 20, 2013 in CD single formats as well as a six track iTunes bundle that contains an additional remix by Zebra and Snake. Thankfully, the B-side, “Time Burns” which was previously released on a now insanely expensive picture disc on Record Store Day – that no one was able to buy… except for record poachers… has been added to the running order in something approaching high-fidelity sound, to boot.
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