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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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  • 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
  • Psychosocial999

    Electricity their song?

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • juninhosje

    if you leave <3

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Reckless_Py

    i love the album so much

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Electrofreaks

    English Electric is far superior to History Of Modern imo.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Akatian

    I like the new album, I like History of Modern better but this is good. The Future Will Be Silent took me by surprise, never thought I'd hear OMD do dubstep in any form.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • thekillingspree

    I like "English Electric", it's a good album, but I'm not sure if I'd prefer it to "History of Modern". I guess "History of Modern" will always have that "OMG THEY'RE BACK AFTER A WHOLE DECADE OF HIATUS!!1!1!!!!11!!" feel to it.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • trad-goth

    English Electric is a really damn fine album certainly blew me away enough that i play it on repeat. Goes back to there more early sound with the huge kraftwerk influence mixed in fantastic stuff!!!

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Turnersmemo

    Damn you McCluskey for foisting Atomic Kitten and Kerry Katona on the world. Apart from that your music is fantastic.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • davecarter

    Enola Gay on the Soundtrack to Alan Partidge : Alpha Papa, Back of the Net!!!!!!

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Even with the album on shuffle I can tell when it's a song from the first half of the album playing and when it's a song from the second half of the album playing. First half has definitely better songs. I found "History of Modern" to be more consistent, I guess (except for, well, "Pulse").

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Also, "The Future Will Be Silent"... WHOA!! What a tune!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • thekillingspree

    "English Electric" seems a bit odd to me... I've still barely listened to it, but its first half totally blew me away, whereas the second half made me start to yawn a bit. But overall I feel it's a nice follow up to "History of Modern", an album I already enjoyed a lot.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed! http://www.last.fm/group/Synthesizer

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • candlesdie

    Architecture & Morality best album ever∞

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • poppy_girl

    Comeback of the year

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Papajkal

    Architecture & Morality best album ever

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Izhorian

    awesomeness

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
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