Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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Formed in Wirral, Merseyside 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'. 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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201 653-320, 201 653 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Album) Dindisc 201 653-320, 201 653 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
DIDK 706 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Organisation album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Organisation (EP, Album) Dindisc, Dindisc DIDK 706 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
DNC 1002 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality (Album) Dindisc, Dindisc DNC 1002 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
AS 1408, Epic AS 1408 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Interchords - A Constructive Conversation With Paul Humphreys And Andy McCluskey album art 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
V 2261 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships (Album) Virgin, Telegraph (2) V 2261 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
V 2310 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Junk Culture album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Junk Culture (Album, Comp) Virgin, Virgin V 2310 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
CN 4488/S Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - In Concert-342 album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert-342(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4488/S UK 1984 Sell This Version
ZVNC 5067 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Crush album art Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark* Crush (Album) Virgin ZVNC 5067 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
V 2398, RCHC 197 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Pacific Age (Album) Virgin V 2398, RCHC 197 Taiwan 1986 Sell This Version
266 427017 4 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Best Of OMD album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Best Of OMD (Album, Comp) Virgin 266 427017 4 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
ZVNC 5196 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sugar Tax album art OMD* Sugar Tax (Album) Virgin, Virgin ZVNC 5196 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
SA 3223 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Story 1978/1991 album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Story 1978/1991(CD, Promo) Virgin SA 3223 France 1991 Sell This Version
TC-V 2715 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Liberator album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Liberator (Album) Virgin, Virgin TC-V 2715 Indonesia 1993 Sell This Version
TCD 0726 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - In Concert-591 album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert-591(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0726 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TCDC 0037 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Classic In Concert - 34 album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Classic In Concert - 34(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCDC 0037 UK 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 41978 2 7, CDV2807 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Universal album art OMD* Universal (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 41978 2 7, CDV2807 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 49068 4 9 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Peel Sessions 1979-1983 album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Peel Sessions 1979-1983 (Album) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 49068 4 9 Thailand 2000 Sell This Version
ER 20137-2 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Live (Architecture & Morality & More) album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Live (Architecture & Morality & More) (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records ER 20137-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
6105425 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern album art OMD* History Of Modern (Album) 100% Records (2), bluenoise, Starwatch Entertainment 6105425 France 2010 Sell This Version
BNL005CD Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Live In Berlin album art OMD* Live In Berlin bluenoise, 100% Records (2) BNL005CD Germany 2011 Sell This Version
53800780 0 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - English Electric album art OMD* English Electric (Album, Single) 100% Records (2), BMG 53800780 0 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
AAACDVD043 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Access All Areas album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Access All Areas (Album) Edsel Records AAACDVD043 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
WN1DVDX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool album art Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool White Noise (8) WN1DVDX Europe 2015 Sell This Version
LHN004LP, LHN004CD Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships  album art OMD* Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships (Album) Live Here Now LHN004LP, LHN004CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
88985 43550 2 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Punishment Of Luxury album art OMD* The Punishment Of Luxury (Album) 100% Records (2), White Noise (8) 88985 43550 2 Germany 2017 Sell This Version

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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.
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.
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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