"Red Frame/White Light" is the second single of the synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The song is about a red telephone box in Meols that was used by the band to make calls to organise their gigs in the late 1970s.[1][2] The track is composed of two alternating major/minor sections, each built around a synthesizer hook. Lyrical content is minimal, comprising mostly brief, spoken word ejaculations.

Tracklisting[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  1. "Red Frame/White Light" - 3:15
  2. "I Betray My Friends" - 3:50

Sleeve design[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The sleeve was designed by Ben Kelly and Peter Saville.

Telephone box[edit source | editbeta]Edit

[1][2]The telephone box just after repainting

The telephone box that inspired "Red Frame/White Light" is located at the crossing of Birkenhead Road and Greenwood Road in Meols. In the nearby pub "The Railway Inn" the band would meet and used the telephone box to organise their gigs and transportation. In the songs lyrics the phone number is mentioned: 6323003.[3] Fans would ring the number expecting to get one of the band members, but got a confused home owner in their own area code. Over the years it has become a kind of sacred place for OMD fans. In 2004 OMD fan Stephen Cork started a successful campaign to get the telephone box repainted in time for a fan tour on April 10, 2005.[2]

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1980) Peak


UK Singles Chart 67
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play 67
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