I swear I posted on this earlier but it may have just been a private text thread among my friends my muddled mind is recalling, was if I’m wrong, I apologize. Last year OMD revisited their debut single in a new clear 7″ reissue [complete with Vince Clarke remix of the B-side, “Almost.” This year it was time for another reissue of their hit single “Enola Gay” after 40 years of bringing us that oh-so-OMD blend of euphoria and melancholy.
The single was being reissued in an oxblood 12″ by EMI and featured two new remixes of the song by the band themselves. The brief was to create the “extended version that never was” on the A-side. And the B-side had something a little more adventurous with what was deemed the “slow mix.” As we can see, Peter Saville’s sleeve design has been appended with an image of the effect of the Enola Gay’s mission. I had immediately pre-ordered the single and had forgotten about it [as these things tend to happen] but got notice yesterday about the shipping of my single from UMG. According to the tracking, it’s shipping from Nashville, Tennessee, so it’s won’t take too long to travel the ~300 miles to my doorstep.
The price was right. $16.98 + FREE domestic shipping. Right now it’s even better: there’s a 30% off price and [still] free US shipping to get you this little slice of technopop heaven for the low, low price of just $11.89 delivered!
But that’s only two times. I listed four times in the headline. At the time that this was first on sale, there was a new Hot Chip remix on iTunes, that I bought immediately. I was looking again at iTunes and just released today, there’s a brand new, fourth remix by Theo Kottis also available in a full-four track remix EP with all four 2020 post-modern remixes of “Enola Gay.”
- Enola Gay [extended mix] 4:48
- Enola Gay [slow mix] 4:04
- Enola Gay [Hot Chip Remix] 4:19
- Enola Gay [Theo Kottis Remix] 4:59
I already have the Hot Chip Remix. The 12″ with OMD mixes is en route. I need to get the Theo Kottis Remix. Once that’s been accomplished, I should probably review these and weigh in on the results of this exploitation of this OMD classic 40 years hence. Which reminds me that I still have not heard the Vince Clarke remix of “Almost” from last year, even though I’ve had it for over a year. That came with a WAV DL voucher and the new “Enola Gay is said to do so as well. So I should probably gang all of these 40th anniversary mixes together for scrutiny.
Then again, The last time OMD made post-modern remixes in 1998, the results were some of the absolute worst remixes I’d ever had the displeasure of hearing. Should I just go full tilt and have an OMD Post-Modern Remix Week thread? I’d hate to re-open old 90s remix wounds but maybe it will be a cleansing thing. Weigh in in the comments below.