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To­day, Or­ches­tral Ma­noeu­vres in the Dark are mainly re­mem­bered for their cheesy 80’s synth tunes. Too bad. ’Daz­zle Ships’ is a highly ex­per­i­men­tal al­bum, a crit­i­cally ac­claimed tri­umph and a for­got­ten cult clas­sic. Both ti­tle and cover art were in­spired by an Ed­ward Wadsworth paint­ing, ti­tled ‘Daz­zle-ships in dry dock at Liver­pool.’ Daz­zle cam­ou­flage comes in dis­ori­ent­ing pat­terns, sup­posed to dis­tort a ship’s ap­pear­ance when viewed through a periscope. Fans of ‘Joan of Arc’ were con­fused too. The al­bum tanked. Last year, the raz­zle daz­zle resur­faced for ‘English Elec­tric.’

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