Red Frame/White Light

"Red Frame/White Light" is the second single of the post-punk and synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The song is about the red telephone box in Meols that was used by the band to make calls to organise their gigs.


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

Sleeve design

The sleeve was designed by Ben Kelly and Peter Saville.

Telephone box

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. 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 .

Chart positions

Chart (1980) Peak
UK Singles Chart 67
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 67


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