Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys recall how they came to make a pop song about the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
This article titled “How we made: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on Enola Gay” was written by Interviews by Jack Watkins, for The Guardian on Monday 7th January 2013 18.55 UTC
Reading this on mobile? Click here to view videoAndy McCluskey, singer, songwriter and bass-player
Paul Humphreys and I had been at school together and formed Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1978. We were a pair of anoraks with a fascination for old trains and aeroplanes, which inevitably led me to write about Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. But the subject matter caused consternation within the band. Our manager even threatened to resign if we released it as a single.