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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) | #omd |
(Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, David Hughes, Martin Cooper, Malcolm Holmes, Michael Douglas, Graham Weir, Neil Weir)
[1978-…], West Kirby, Merseyside, United Kingdom |
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Biography

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English new wave/synthpop group formed in 1978.

Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), founding members, are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. While steadily eschewing pop star status, the band cultivated a fanbase in the United Kingdom from 1978–1980. They gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 single “Enola Gay”, and achieved broader recognition via album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its singles. OMD also garnered acclaim for their experimental recordings.

Although retrospectively lauded, their album Dazzle Ships (1983) eroded European consumer interest during the mid 1980s; Junk Culture (1984) marked a shift toward more pop-oriented songwriting.

Concurrently, OMD reached their peak in the United States and had a major hit with 1986’s “If You Leave”, written for the film Pretty in Pink. Humphreys departed in 1989 with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Malcolm Holmes (drums) to form The Listening Pool, leaving McCluskey to lead the outfit; Sugar Tax (1991) and its initial singles were sizeable hits in Europe.

By the mid 1990s, however, synthpop had become unfashionable amid the guitar oriented musical climate, and McCluskey dissolved the band in 1996, months after their last successful single, “Walking on the Milky Way”. He founded pop group Atomic Kitten in 1998.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) reformed in 2006 and began releasing new material in 2009. Their European fanbase remained steadfast: History of Modern (2010) became the group’s biggest hit on the German chart; English Electric (2013) their largest in the UK since Sugar Tax.

OMD have sold over 40 million records.
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50 – OMD – Night Café – 2013
49 – OMD – Dresden – 2013
48 – OMD – Metroland – 2013
45 – OMD – Sister Marie Says – 2010
44 – OMD – If You Want It – 2010
40 – OMD – Walking on the Milky Way – 1996
38 – OMD – Dream of Me (Based on Love’s Theme) – 1993
35 – OMD – Then You Turn Away – 1991
32 – OMD – Dreaming – 1988
29 – OMD – We Love You – 1986
28 – OMD – (Forever) Live and Die – 1986
27 – OMD – If You Leave – 1986
26 – OMD – Hold You – 1986
25 – OMD – The Lights Are Going Out – 1985
24 – OMD – Old Women III – 1985
21 – OMD – La Femme Accident – 1985
20 – OMD – Secret – 1985
19 – OMD – So in Love – 1985
18 – OMD – Never Turn Away – 1984
17 – OMD – Tesla Girls – 1984
16 – OMD – Talking Loud and Clear – 1984
14 – OMD – Locomotion – 1984
13 – OMD – Telegraph – 1983
12 – OMD – Genetic Engineering – 1983
11 – OMD – Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc) – 1982
7 – OMD – Joan of Arc – 1981
6 – OMD – Souvenir – 1981
4 – OMD – Enola Gay – 1980
3 – OMD – Messages – 1980
1 – OMD – Electricity – 1979

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