Locomotion – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark took this track into the UK top 10 for four weeks in 1984.

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Thirty years ago this week, Locomotion by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark reached its highest position of number 5 in the UK singles chart. It had entered the top 40 four weeks previously at number 28 and broke into the top 10 two weeks later. After one week at its peak position, the song fell to number 7 for a final week in the top 10. A further three weeks in the lower top 40 followed before the record left the chart.

Locomotion was released on the Virgin record label and was the fifth of seven UK top 10 hits for Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. It was taken from the gold-selling album Junk culture, which peaked at number 9 in the UK album chart.

More music from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark


UK singles chart for the week ending 12 May 1984

  1. The reflexDuran Duran

  2. Against all odds (take a look at me now)Phil Collins

  3. I want to break freeQueen

  4. AutomaticPointer Sisters

  5. LocomotionOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

  6. One love – People get readyBob Marley and the Wailers

  7. When you’re young and in loveFlying Pickets

  8. Don’t tell meBlancmange

  9. FootlooseKenny Loggins

  10. HelloLionel Richie


  1. The longest timeBilly Joel

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