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'.
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 - Organisation Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Organisation (EP, Album) Dindisc, Dindisc Italy 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Album) Dindisc UK 1980 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Architecture & Morality (Album) Dindisc, Dindisc Germany 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
AS 1408, Epic AS 1408 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Interchords - A Constructive Conversation With Paul Humphreys And Andy McCluskey Cover-Design 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 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships (Album) Virgin, Telegraph (2) Scandinavia 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Junk Culture Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Junk Culture (Album, Comp) Virgin, Virgin Italy 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
CN 4488/S Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - In Concert - 342 Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert - 342(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4488/S UK 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Crush Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Crush (Album) Virgin, Virgin US 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Pacific Age Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Pacific Age (Album) Virgin Greece 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sugar Tax Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Sugar Tax (Album) Virgin, Virgin Spain 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
SA 3223 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Story 1978/1991 Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The Story 1978/1991(CD, Promo) Virgin SA 3223 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Liberator Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Liberator (Album) Virgin, Virgin Indonesia 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
TCD 0726 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - In Concert-591 Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark In Concert-591(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0726 UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Universal Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Universal (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Brazil 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Peel Sessions 1979-1983 Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Peel Sessions 1979-1983 (Album) Virgin, Virgin Europe 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Live (Architecture & Morality & More) Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Live (Architecture & Morality & More) (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records US 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern Cover-Design OMD* History Of Modern (Album) 100% Records (2), bluenoise, Starwatch Entertainment France 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Live In Berlin Cover-Design OMD* Live In Berlin bluenoise, 100% Records (2) Germany 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - English Electric Cover-Design OMD* English Electric (Album, Single) 100% Records (2), BMG Rights Management Europe 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Access All Areas Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Access All Areas (Album) Edsel Records Europe 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool White Noise Ltd. UK & Europe 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships  Cover-Design OMD* Architecture & Morality - Dazzle Ships (Album) Live Here Now UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Punishment Of Luxury Cover-Design OMD* The Punishment Of Luxury (Album) White Noise Ltd., 100% Records (2) Germany 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 07/10/18 Cover-Design OMD* Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 07/10/18(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Live Here Now none UK 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 06/10/18 Cover-Design OMD* Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 06/10/18(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) Live Here Now none UK 2018 Diese Version verkaufen

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fracking

fracking

28. September 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

5. September 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.
gamesgaryjp

gamesgaryjp

28. März 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.
Crijevo

Crijevo

3. Mai 2007
geändert over 11 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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