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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none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Pandoras Box / Love Train Cover-Design OMD* / London Boys OMD* / London Boys - Pandoras Box / Love Train(7", Promo) D.J. Mix Club none Poland 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Stand Above Me Cover-Design OMD* Stand Above Me (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Everyday Cover-Design OMD* Everyday (Single) Virgin, Virgin UK 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme) Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Dream Of Me (Based On Love's Theme) (Single, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin Philippines 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
SA3360 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - O.M.D Live Cover-Design O.M.D* O.M.D Live(CD, Maxi, Promo) Virgin SA3360 France 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
JBV 349 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Stand Above Me / (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You Cover-Design O.M.D.* / UB40 O.M.D.* / UB40 - Stand Above Me / (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You(7", Jukebox) Virgin JBV 349 Italy 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - LB Trondheim Cover-Design 190 (2) vs. OMD* 190 (2) vs. OMD* - LB Trondheim (Single) Steppin' Out Records UK 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Walking On The Milky Way Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Walking On The Milky Way (Single) Virgin, Virgin UK 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Universal Cover-Design OMD* Universal (Single) Virgin, Virgin Europe 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The OMD Remixes Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark The OMD Remixes (Single) Virgin, Virgin UK 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - If You Want It Cover-Design OMD* If You Want It (Single, Maxi) bluenoise, Starwatch Entertainment UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sister Marie Says Cover-Design OMD* Sister Marie Says (Single) bluenoise UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Save Me Cover-Design OMD* Save Me(CDr, Single, Promo) Bright Antenna none US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - History Of Modern (Part I) Cover-Design OMD* History Of Modern (Part I) (Single) bluenoise, 100% Records (2) UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Metroland Cover-Design OMD* Metroland (Single) 100% Records (2), BMG UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Night Café Cover-Design OMD* Night Café (Single) 100% Records (2) UK & Europe 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dresden Cover-Design OMD* Dresden (Single) 100% Records (2), BMG UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
100RSD27, 5380 07990 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Future Will Be Silent Cover-Design OMD* The Future Will Be Silent(10", EP, Ltd, Pic) 100% Records (2), BMG 100RSD27, 5380 07990 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Julia's Song (Dub Version) Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Julia's Song (Dub Version) (Single) Virgin UK 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WN2PICDISC Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool Cover-Design OMD* Dazzle Ships At The Museum Of Liverpool(12", Ltd, Pic) Pledge Music WN2PICDISC UK, Europe & US 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Isotype Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Isotype (Single) White Noise Ltd., 100% Records (2) UK 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - What Have We Done Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark What Have We Done (Single) 100% Records (2), White Noise Ltd. 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The Punishment Of Luxury Cover-Design OMD* The Punishment Of Luxury (Single) 100% Records (2) UK 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
none Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - One More Time (Fotonovela Version) Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark One More Time (Fotonovela Version)(File, MP3, Single, 320) 100% Records (2) none UK & Europe 2018
OMD40DEMO Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Messages (1978 Demo) Cover-Design Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Messages (1978 Demo)(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd) White Noise Ltd. OMD40DEMO UK 2018 Diese Version verkaufen

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AHauntedMind

AHauntedMind

21. April 2019
The pinaccle of 80's synth. Gotta love moody lyrics attracted to epic riffs!
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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