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Even in the '80s sometimes you pray history doesn't repeat itself

Published Nov. 4, 2016

Rarely do you hear a song played on the radio by Orchestral Manoeuveres In The Dark other than If You Leave, but the facts are that OMD had four Top 40 hits in the U.S. with other pop love songs. But OMD also had a social conscience side too like their early '80s anti-war song Enola Gay and the forgotten but edgy 88 Seconds In Greensboro.

While If You Leave was the prom favorite for the Class of 1986, OMD first hit the U.S. singles chart in 1985 when So In Love was a Top 40 hit. Off the same Crush album was the scolding 88 Seconds In Greensboro that was not released as a single, probably due to its grim history lesson. However, OMD filmed a video album of Crush that included today's video.

Though OMD were from England, they obviously watched a 1983 episode of PBS's Frontline titled 88 Seconds In Greensboro and learned of a North Carolina event on Nov. 3, 1979 known as The Greensboro Massacre. On that fateful day, members of the Communist Worker's Party and other sympathizers were marching against the Ku Klux Klan when a confrontation between the Worker' s Party, the KKK and the American Nazi Party turned violent with five people killed.

While most of the video is OMD performing, there is actual footage from the Greensboro Massacre caught on tape with the last few seconds including a graphic scene that might make you uncomfortable and is disturbing. While the deaths were tragic, the legacy of 88 Seconds In Greensboro is that all six white men that were charged with murder in the Greensboro Massacre were acquitted by an all-white jury. However, the victims' families were successful in civil suits, and as time has passed the city of Greensboro, NC, has acknowledged their regret of the events of that day with resolutions and a historical marker hoping those that learn from the past don't repeat it.


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