On this day in music history: June 17, 1985 - “Crush”, the sixth studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark is released. Produced by Stephen Hague and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, it is recorded at Amazon Studios in Liverpool, UK from Late 1984 - Spring 1985. It will mark the beginning of a new musical direction for the Liverpudlian synthpop band, moving away from their experimental electronic dance music on previous albums, towards a more accessible mainstream pop sound. It is the bands’ first album to be co-produced by Stephen Hague (The Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Erasure), and is aimed primarily at the US record market. It will grow their previously underground fanbase in the US giving them their first taste of mainstream success. The album will spin off two singles including “Secret” (#63 Pop) and their first US top 40 hit “So In Love” (#26 Pop). “Crush” will peak at number thirteen on the UK album chart and number thirty eight on the Billboard Top 200.