Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans) (TOTP) (HD)

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OMD - Maid Of Orleans (Top Of The Pops) (1981) (HD)

Classic OMD 80's synth sound with "Maid Of Orleans" performing on Top Of The Pops in 1982. And YES before the usual pernickity suspects say "but how can it be 1982 on TOTP". The track was released at the end of 81 but didn't actually chart and reach TOTPs until January of 82.

Sharpened the video and Redubbed & extended to the full length audio track.


"Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans)" is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) and was the third single released from their third studio album Architecture & Morality. The track has been described by OMD frontman Andy McCluskey as the group's "Mull of Kintyre".

To prevent confusion with their previous single "Joan of Arc", the song was retitled "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)" for its single release. Both songs are about the French heroine Joan of Arc and both reached the Top 5 of the UK Singles Chart—although this single was more successful internationally, topping the charts in several countries including Germany, where it was the biggest-selling single of 1982. It also hit number 5 in Ireland and number 7 in New Zealand. The song was used during the climax and closing credits to the final episode of the second series of Ashes to Ashes.

Ned Raggett in AllMusic has described the song as "epic", concluding: "With another bravura McCluskey lead and a mock-bagpipe lead that's easily more entrancing than the real thing, it's a wrenching ballad like no other before it and little since." In 1989, Radio Veronica listeners voted "Maid of Orleans" the 60th greatest song of all time. In 1991, MTV Europe named the single's accompanying video as the 37th best ever made.


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