Shame (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song)

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Shame single.jpg
cover of the CD single
Single by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
from the album The Pacific Age
Released13 April 1987
GenreSynthpop, new wave
Length4:15 (album version)
3:49 (re-recorded version)
6:59 (extended re-recorded version)
Songwriter(s)Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Producer(s)Rhett Davies
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark singles chronology
"We Love You"

"Shame" is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released as the third single taken from their 1986 album, The Pacific Age, although it is a re-recording made after the album's release, presumably in early 1987, and was produced by Rhett Davies (as opposed to the original album version which was produced by Stephen Hague).

Release history[]

"Shame" was scheduled for release as a single whilst OMD were still on tour. The band had suggested "Stay" as a possible single from the album, but label Virgin thought "Shame" had more potential. The band relented, although feeling the album version was too slow, and recruited Rhett Davies to give the song more of a polish.[1]

This single marked OMD's first CD single release. It was issued in a gatefold sleeve featuring a sepia-toned photo of the band on the gatefold along with track details. This release also included their 1980 hit Messages, released here in digital format for the first time.

The B side Goddess of Love was lifted straight from the album The Pacific Age and was the song which was originally intended to be used for the Pretty in Pink movie soundtrack before the group came up with "If You Leave", which was featured in the movie.

The single reached no. 52 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was not included on any of OMD's singles compilation albums, until its inclusion on the definitive Souvenir, fortieth anniversary singles compilation in 2019.

A promotional video was made for the single and is included on the DVD of the CD/DVD release Messages: Greatest Hits.

Track listings[]

7" vinyl[]

  • UK: Virgin / VS 938
  • Germany: Virgin / 109 000
Side one
1."Shame" (re-recorded version)3:49
Side two
1."Goddess of Love"4:28

12" vinyl[]

  • UK: Virgin / VS 938-12
  • UK: Virgin / VS 938-12 DJ (promo)
  • Germany: Virgin / 609 000
Side one
1."Shame" (extended re-recorded version)6:59
Side two
1."Shame" (7" version)3:49
2."Goddess of Love"4:28
  • Canada: Virgin / VSX 1371
Side one
1."Shame" (extended re-recorded version)6:59
Side two
1."Shame" (re-recorded version)3:49

CD single[]

  • UK: Virgin / MIKE938 12
1."Shame" (extended re-recorded version)6:59
2."Goddess of Love"4:28
3."(Forever) Live and Die" (12" mix)5:57
4."Messages" (10" remix)4:41

Chart performance[]

Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 52


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Discography: Singles 1987–91: Shame". Official OMD Website. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart for Shame - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Shame". Retrieved 20 December 2009.
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