Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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Formed in Liverpool with Paul Humphreys (synthesizers) and Andy McCluskey (vocals and bass guitar). They played their first gig in 1978 at Eric's (Liverpool), then had a run of UK chart hits after swapping labels from Factory to the Virgin owned label DinDisc starting with the 1980 release 'Messages'.
Although Humphreys left the group in 1989, McCluskey made a comeback in 1991 with the UK top 5 'Sailing On The Seven Seas', and followed that up with a UK top 3 Album 'Sugar Tax' before finally calling it a day in 1996.
In 2007 they toured together again featuring the classic line-up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper and released a live-album in 2008: 'OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More'. September 2010 saw the release of History Of Modern featuring the original classic line-up.
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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Discography

Albums

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Organisation (Album, EP) Dindisc, Dindisc UK 1980 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Album) Dindisc UK 1980 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality (Album) Dindisc, Dindisc Germany 1981 Sell This Version
AS 1408, Epic AS 1408 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Interchords - A Constructive Conversation With Paul Humphreys And Andy McCluskey(LP, Promo) Epic, Epic AS 1408, Epic AS 1408 US 1982 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships (Album) Virgin, Telegraph (2) Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Junk Culture (Album, Comp) Virgin, Virgin Italy 1984 Sell This Version
CN 4488/S Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert - 342(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4488/S UK 1984 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Crush (Album) Virgin US 1985 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Pacific Age (Album) Virgin Mexico 1986 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Sugar Tax (Album) Virgin, Virgin Spain 1991 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Liberator (Album) Virgin UK 1993 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Universal (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Live (Architecture & Morality & More) (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records US 2008 Sell This Version
OMD* History Of Modern (Album) 100% Records (2), bluenoise, Starwatch Entertainment France 2010 Sell This Version
OMD* Live In Berlin bluenoise, 100% Records (2) Germany 2011 Sell This Version
OMD* English Electric (Album, Single) 100% Records (2), BMG Rights Management Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool Pledge Music UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Access All Areas Edsel Records UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships (Album) Live Here Now UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Electricity (Single) Factory UK 1979 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Enola Gay (Single) Dindisc, Dindisc Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Messages (Single) Dindisc Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Red Frame/White Light (Single) Dindisc UK 1980 Sell This Version
J.B. 193 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / Sally Oldfield Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / Sally Oldfield - Enola Gay / Mandala (7", Jukebox) Virgin, Bronze J.B. 193 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Georgia Epic, Virgin, Epic, Virgin US 1981 Sell This Version

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TheEverlastingFather

TheEverlastingFather

August 10, 2016
I think the first 4 albums are excellent but I lose interest after "Dazzle Ships"and struggle to find anything that grabs me like those early albums did, the experimental nature of those early albums meant that it wouldn't last I suppose, as everyone needs to earn a living and catchy pop songs make a decent living for many a musician these days. This being said I am yet to check out the 2 "comeback" albums "English Electric" and "History Of Modern" so maybe I'm wrong, nevertheless it stands that I've heard nothing by OMD since those first 4 LPs that has made me want to part with any cash.
Crijevo

Crijevo

May 3, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
It is quite fascinating OMD were once considered one of the truest alternative pop-bands (for both, music and comissioned artworks by Peter Saville which became inevitable trademark surrounding their image) - on other occasion they wasted their potential in favour of the Eurovision-contest type of songs. Not to mention Andy McCluskey's recents involvements with Atomic Kitten, a bimbo-threesome whcih has been for quite sometime pompously announced a pop-revolutionary thing...

A group of synth enthusiasts once confident enough to race with Kraftwerk on equal level, turned into a rock-band and it was certainly not by accident; it is the synth that might be part of the problem - once you exhaust it, what is there left to turn to but real instruments... early OMD were often given flattering epithets of combining ABBA and Joy Division influences. In case of their first five albums (experimentally fascinating 'OMD' and 'Organisation', confusingly subversive masterpieces 'Architecture & Morality' and 'Dazzle Ships'...), it is certainly true; from early minimal excursions into electronic extremes to their finest studio product ironically given the title 'Junk Culture' (1984), their name justifies every note - as the 80s progressed, many bands sacrificed patience and creativity for ambitious projects where egos outgrew frames of modesty - lush production doesn't always mean the goods are delivered in honest fashion; songs became too pretentious and embarrasingly sweet to listen to - while later on OMD managed to deliver a decent single (excellent 'So In Love' and 'Forever Live and Die'), the albums have long lost their course; 'Crush' is boring, 'The Pacific Age' is pointless, 'The Best of OMD' decently summarizes their pop-career up to 1988 while 90s' comeback attempts like 'Sugar Tax' (echoing tiny bits of 'Architecture & Morality' with wonderfully catchy 'Sailing on the Seven Seas' and 'Pandora's Box'), 'Liberator' or 'Universal' all sound more like frozen ideas from where the original line-up fell apart, trying desperately to catch up with trends of the moment - far better are their b-sides; from their earliest experiments to later superficiality, 'Navigation - The OMD B-sides' (2001) does offer the other side fully continued with technological efforts. Occasional retrospectives like the excellent 'Peel Sessions' collecting their broadcasted material from the most popular period of 1979 - 83 is also well worth a check.

Remastered anthology is finally added singles and rarities as chronological counterparts which are not recommended only to fans but to anyone interested in hearing OMD as once true to their ideals.

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