Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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English electronic band formed in Wirral, Merseyside, in 1978 with Paul Humphreys (synthesizers) and Andy McCluskey (vocals and bass guitar). Earlier incarnations of their band included 'VCL XI' and 'Hitlerz Underpantz'.

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'. In 1980, drummer Malcolm Holmes and Dave Hughes on synths transitioned from guest/live musicians to be full members of the band. Hughes left 1980 and was replaced by Martin Cooper.
Humphreys left the group in 1989, but 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. This has been followed by English Electric (2013) & The Punishment of Luxury (2017) and OMD also performs live extensively.
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VCW-1695 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Album) Dindisc VCW-1695 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
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DID 6, Did 6 Organisation — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Organisation (Album, EP) Virgin, Dindisc DID 6, Did 6 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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none Architecture & Morality — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality (Album) Dindisc, Dindisc none UK 1981 Sell This Version
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AS 1408, Epic AS 1408 Interchords - A Constructive Conversation With Paul Humphreys And Andy McCluskey — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 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
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V 2261 Dazzle Ships — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships (Album) Virgin, Telegraph (2) V 2261 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
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V 2310 Junk Culture — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Junk Culture (Album, Comp) Virgin, Virgin V 2310 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
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CN 4488/S In Concert-342 — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert-342(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4488/S UK 1984 Sell This Version
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TCV 2349, TCV2349 Crush — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Crush (Album) Virgin TCV 2349, TCV2349 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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V 2398, RCHC 197 The Pacific Age — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Pacific Age (Album) Virgin V 2398, RCHC 197 Taiwan 1986 Sell This Version
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ZVNC 5196 Sugar Tax — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* Sugar Tax (Album) Virgin, Virgin ZVNC 5196 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
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SA 3223 The Story 1978/1991 — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Story 1978/1991(CD, Promo) Virgin SA 3223 France 1991 Sell This Version
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TC-V 2715 Liberator — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Liberator (Album) Virgin, Virgin TC-V 2715 Indonesia 1993 Sell This Version
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TCD 0726 In Concert-591 — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert-591(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0726 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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TCDC 0037 Classic In Concert - 34 — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Classic In Concert - 34(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCDC 0037 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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7243 8 41978 2 7, CDV2807 Universal — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* Universal (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 41978 2 7, CDV2807 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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7243 8 49068 4 9 Peel Sessions 1979-1983 — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Peel Sessions 1979-1983 (Album) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 49068 4 9 Thailand 2000 Sell This Version
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ER 20137-2 Live (Architecture & Morality & More) — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Live (Architecture & Morality & More) (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records ER 20137-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
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6105425 History Of Modern — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* History Of Modern (Album) 100% Records (2), bluenoise, Starwatch Entertainment 6105425 France 2010 Sell This Version
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BNL005CD Live In Berlin — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* Live In Berlin bluenoise, 100% Records (2) BNL005CD Germany 2011 Sell This Version
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53800780 0 English Electric — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* English Electric (Album, Single) 100% Records (2), BMG 53800780 0 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
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AAACDVD043 Access All Areas — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Access All Areas (Album) Edsel Records AAACDVD043 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
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WN1DVDX Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool White Noise (8) WN1DVDX Europe 2015 Sell This Version
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LHN004LP, LHN004CD Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships  — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships (Album) Live Here Now LHN004LP, LHN004CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
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88985 43550 2 The Punishment Of Luxury — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* The Punishment Of Luxury (Album) 100% Records (2), White Noise (8) 88985 43550 2 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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none Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 06/10/18 — Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark OMD* Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 06/10/18 (Album) Live Here Now none UK 2018 Sell This Version

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Mrmilano

Mrmilano

December 17, 2021
Without a doubt a band that has trascended. remember listening to their stuff early 80's and 90's then put the on the shelf for many years from mid nineties to a couple years ago. Revisiting their entire catalog. What a timeless quality sound.
Looking forward to their 2022 shows in USA.
normanharvey

normanharvey

October 18, 2019
one of the best bands of all time

a band which started with kraftwerk-like music ending with IF YOU LEAVE and DREAMING at the end of the 80s and having a big comeback in 1991

great band

first saw the band 1991 on MTV as a small child with PANDORAS BOX
Jay423

Jay423

September 5, 2019
Easily one of the best synth-pop bands of the 80s with their unique lyrics, northern charm & adaptability to the times & technology around them with maybe 'Junk Culture' (1984) being my favourite album by them
fracking

fracking

September 28, 2017
Their first 4 albums are among the best of the 80s. That cold, layered, electronic wash mixed with mournful emotional vocals tingles the ears more than almost any other 80s artist. I can't get into anything after Junk Culture - although their last two albums, especially The Punishment of Luxury approach a return to form.
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synthsaint

synthsaint

September 5, 2017
Horrible forcing the electo while they sound amatheurish synth sonic-timbrewise. The concept of producing 80's albums nowadays is great but they just can't do it. Weak counterfeiting everywhere... Dull, boring compositions.... I'm very sorry.
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Smoooshie35

Smoooshie35

March 28, 2017
The best band of the 80s no question. I love all their work but their standouts are 'Junk Culture' & 'Crush'. So creative and quirky whilst still having their charm. Even their poppiest material is light years ahead of the turd chart music of today and the past 10-15 years to be honest. Long may they continue.
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