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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Featuring the core members Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey, the Liverpudlian synth pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark formed in the late '70s. Humphreys and McCluskey began performing together in school, playing in the bands VCL XI, Hitlerz Underpantz, and the Id. After the Id split in 1978, McCluskey was with Dalek I Love You for a brief time. Once he left Dalek, he joined with Humphreys and Paul Collister to form Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The group released its first single, "Electricity," on Factory Records; the record led to a contract with the Virgin subsidiary DinDisc. Using their record advance, McCluskey and Humphreys built a studio, which allowed them to replace their four-track, and recorded with drummer Malcolm Holmes (formerly of the Id) and Dave Hughes (formerly of Dalek I Love You).

In 1980, the group released its self-titled debut album. Organisation appeared the same year, which featured the U.K. Top Ten single "Enola Gay"; Hughes was replaced by Martin Cooper after its release. The band's next few albums -- Architecture & Morality (1981), Dazzle Ships (1983), and Junk Culture (1984) -- found the band experimenting with its sound, resulting in several U.K. hit singles. Recorded with two new members, Graham and Neil Weir, Crush, their most pop-oriented album, found more success in America than in Britain as the single "So in Love" hit number 26 on the charts. "If You Leave," taken from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, was their biggest American hit, climbing to number four in 1986. The Pacific Age was released the same year, yet America was the only country where it was popular. Shortly after its release, the Weir brothers left the band, followed by Holmes, Cooper, and Humphreys. McCluskey continued with the band, releasing Sugar Tax in 1991; in the meantime, Humphreys formed the Listening Pool.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark returned with Liberator in 1993. It was followed three years later with Universal, which saw Humphreys return for some co-writing credits. By the late '90s, McCluskey had moved into artist management, while Humphreys revived the OMD name for occasional shows.

A full-blown reunion came in 2006, including both McCluskey and Humphreys plus Holmes and Cooper. Initially, OMD toured around a full-album performance of Architecture & Morality, and released one of their performances as Live: Architecture & Morality and More. Finally, in 2010, the new album History of Modern appeared on the 100% label. The album English Electric followed in 2013, with a guest appearance from Propaganda's lead vocalist, Claudia Brücken. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Awe I touch you once I touch you twice love it ;-) not going to let go
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Spring break in the 80's, Ft Lauderdale, lifeguard stand N11 with Tracy S.. Who was a local! Yup, back there every time I hear that song!
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The joy that they brought to me,to my ears to my heart , to my soul thank u!!!!!!!!!!! !
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Awsome 80's song
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I remember this song from the movie Pretty In Pink.. 80s rule!!!
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1 go on ur phone
2 go to where u can change ur password
3 say ur crushes' name 10 times
4 close ur eyes
5 now put random password without knowing what it is.
6 close ur phone.
7 now try to remember what password u randomly chose.
8 realize uve been trolled and try to jailbreak ur phone
9 realize u can't, and become depressed and never do these stupid challenges!

LOLOLOLOLOL!
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kennycole15
To my ex of 1982-84 alejandro Gregio from mcrenynodlos middle school R.I.P
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All I can think about is the movie Pretty in Pink.
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losangelesra i d e r s 3 2 3 4
I rememberrr the 80's
Back in jr high ..WoW ...the Lunch Or After School Dances in the Gym. Hahahahaaaha a a a
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Iam proud of our 80's music because that was and stil talented.
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Pretty In Pink........ . 8 0 ' s were the best and the worst of times for me, but the music was the best!
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Love old school������
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I like " If You Leave "........
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Remember old times. Great song.
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Great Song
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I touch once I touch you twice
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Oh yes....
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Hello
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russmurphey4
TY
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megan1490
Pretty in pink movie
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I love this song
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70 were laid back slow years .but good times
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like my radio station '80s'... when KROQ still played GOOD muzak' ...
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laannfranke7 2
My soul mate died sept 21 2012 last day o f summer from cancer we loved depcemode
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OMG it's OMD ha ha ha... Love this song!!!!
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Pretty in Pink.....am I wrong?
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BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
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I remanice in the past in the song . Charles Joseph
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Great Song Pandora
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If i could go back in time...
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lizzyo87.eo
Wow,,, good old times,,,,
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jaikin5
Best music ever! Best times of my life!
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Miss. The real music I grew a with
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yes I remember this song like it was yesterday loved it then and love it now Katherine sophia...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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♡ this song. Memories of high school dances
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capanzzi.k
Love them! Listened to them when I was seven when it was cassette players!! They really were my ultimate favorite if I ever had one. Great memories and feelings to their music :)
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The guys wanted Molly Ringwall and the girls wanted Andrew McCarthy with his sexy af bedroom eyes!
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This song makes me want to cry for the lost 80's and I was born in the 90's!! I hate my generation.
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Greatest times of my life!!
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Has yuferb had a stroke?
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The new update it crashes and the rest is the only thing is the only way to the game with a new phone case and that is the only way you
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Hh to
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I had the biggest crush on them in I was 5
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This song...this movie, awh, my young adulthood in 2.5. Even got my husband to love it, Go Duckie! :)
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Pretty In Pink
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Staying
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Reminds me of some bad break ups!!!
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Hate to see this era slip farther and farther into the past.
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todd6557
80s Synth Pop forever! None of the prepackaged, autotune-dep e n d e n t , recent dreck out there can compare!
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80 rocks awsome?
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