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Out of Orbit was not, as the title might suggest, a sci-fi record, but it did embrace the fashionable-at-the-time synthesizer rock tradition. Harry, who had previously taken the back seat in Flash and the Pan work, preferring to concentrate only on 'found noise', classic backing vocals and occasional treated guitar and bass, now took lead vocals on most tracks - indeed, rock historian Glenn A. Baker has suggested that George quit the band for some time during the making of the record - only returning when he realised that Harry's new direction was 'actually great'!
Standout tracks on Out of Orbit are the dreamy, mellifluous Cool as a Cucumber (also the first single) and the uptempo, almost techno-before-its-time You're on the Rampage (And I'm on the Frontpage). Though it's hard to find (and has yet to be reissued on CD), Out of Orbit is a unique and invaluable chapter in the Flash and the Pan oeuvre.
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