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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark


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Wirral, United Kingdom (1978 – 1996, 2006 – present)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (often abbreviated to OMD) is a group whose founding members are originally from the Wirral, United Kingdom. OMD record for Virgin Records (originally for Virgin’s DinDisc subsidiary).

The group was founded in 1978 by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, after they had been involved in several bands, including The Id. Later drummer Malcolm Holmes and saxophonist Martin Cooper joined. McCluskey and Humphreys formed the core of the outfit until 1989, when the group split in two. McCluskey retained the name and continued to record and tour as OMD with a new line-up until 1996, while Humphreys, Holmes, and Cooper formed “The Listening Pool”.

According to Songfacts, Enola Gay was the first of 7 Top 10 UK singles for the group; their only US hit was If You Leave, which was written for the 1985 movie Pretty In Pink.

In late December 2005, OMD’s official website announced a 2006 reformation, for both live performances and a new album, with rehearsals beginning in summer 2006. The line up features the original 1980’s members (Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper). The “Architecture & Morality” tour for late 2006 was postponed until the beginning of 2007.

The tour finally took place in the spring of 2007 featuring “Architecture & Morality” played in its entirety plus a ‘greatest hits’ set, although each concert famously ended with stirring rendition of B side/album track and fan favourite “The Romance of the Telescope”.


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  • rdavae15

    New Stone Age is their best [3]

    16 Dec 2:00pm Reply
  • Anlyla

    New Stone Age is their best [2]

    5 Dec 7:10pm Reply
  • LAHardwave

    OMD gone agro -

    15 Nov 9:31am Reply
  • Spill-T

    ...everything after dazzle ships is shit. But the good stuff is amazing.

    9 Nov 4:40am Reply
  • CheezburgersLOL

    How is Bunker Soldiers so far down the weekly list? It's prolly their best song.

    9 Oct 12:57am Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    New Stone Age is their best

    4 Sep 11:21pm Reply
  • Starry-skies

    OMG I almost forgot how much I loved this group! [3]

    27 Aug 1:59pm Reply
  • Britou


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  • dyna-soar

    how is 'the romance of the telescope' not in the top 15?!

    4 Aug 11:36am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    OMG I almost forgot how much I loved this group! [2] Everytime I watch Pretty In Pink I fall in love with this band again ♥

    19 Jul 2:58pm Reply
  • ASummerKiss

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    5 Jul 3:06pm Reply
  • Janaina_Vieira

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    27 Jun 2:49pm Reply
  • tigerwolf1

    OMG I almost forgot how much I loved this group!

    26 Jun 4:29pm Reply
  • artbitchh

    Ahhhh please tour again soon!!!!!

    7 Jun 11:12pm Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    2nd half of EE is better, but the album is solid all the way through.

    6 Jun 10:12am Reply
  • tygdymtygdym

    >>Psychosocial999 >>Electricity their song? Sure.

    15 May 9:14am Reply
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  • campbell-davitt

    This music is so happy, they vocals vaguely remind me of Joy Division, but the beat could not be more different.

    21 Jan 2:16pm Reply
  • Sutinen

    Hell. This is wonderful.

    18 Jan 10:47pm Reply
  • bowie_fan87

    Electrofreak: "English Electric is far superior to History Of Modern imo." I agree, but after hearing English Electric, I started to better understand the direction they went with History of Modern and like it more now then when it first came out. OMD are just so amazing and passionate about what they do and I was so blessed to have been able to see them on the HoM tour in the US and meet them after the show. They are up there on being the most thankful and genuine musicians I've met. I had to tell them to STOP thanking me for coming to their show! I said, "You guys are the ones who crossed an ocean, I only had a half an hour drive, so thank YOU!" I adore these guys and the music they produce. I also told Paul and Andy that I was at their show the last time they were in Detroit and they were confused asking, "Wait, how old are you!?" I said, "Well, my mom was pregnant with me at your last Detroit show. They got a kick out of that and I was wearing the pin my mom bought at that show.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
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