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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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I had the biggest crush on them in I was 5
This song...this movie, awh, my young adulthood in 2.5. Even got my husband to love it, Go Duckie! :)
Pretty In Pink
Staying
Reminds me of some bad break ups!!!
Secret. GREAT SONG, GREAT BAND
Aw Man, it wasn't supposed to be that way.
If You Leave. : I love this song. I love the movie Pretty In Pink. Great song. Great movie.
Hate to see this era slip farther and farther into the past.
todd6557
80s Synth Pop forever! None of the prepackaged, autotune-dep e n d e n t , recent dreck out there can compare!
80 rocks awsome?
731103081
Still love<3<3<3
80s MUSIC IS THE BEST!!!!
Blanr? That's not a name it's a major appliance! !!! -so love thr 80's!!!!
I took a stinky poop to this song
Sweet ,sweet music :-)
80s music was soooo much FUN!
great song but omg this has to be the most bloated pompous name for a band. it screams "aren't I creative, just look at our band's name"
PRETTY IN PINK
The only thing wrong with the 80's is the shoulder pads....I'm a bit over 50...I loved the 80's and not sorry about it.
Takes me back to some of the best times of my childhood and teen years!
mzfitnessusa
or the cure or the Classic New Order Song - Blue Monday!
mzfitnessusa
yes more pet shop boys , East End Boys please
rturek10
more pet shop boys pls
OMD the best
Wow!!! This brings back so many memories favorite song in the 80's
LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! PRETTY IN PINK YOU CANNOT NEVER COMPARE THE MUSIC FROM NOW DAYS TO THE 8O's!
Love this song!!!!! Classic!!
hollywoodblv d 7 1
Gosh memories! How did we survive ! Love there sound
espinozaemma 4
The 80s music awesome this song awesome
Dreaming. OMG. I LOVE THIS BAND. I wish I knew what happened to all of these great 80's bands.
OH, THEY HAVE A NEW ALBUM OUT. I'M BUYING IT.
best sound in decades
Must of had Molly ringwald week on abc family - pretty in pink, 16 candles, breakfast club. Lol
OMG! I have never left a comment on OMD here before?...ti l l NOW! OMD are an essential part of the 80's synthpop ERA! These guys crafted so many fine pop songs! So in Love, If You Leave, Messages,Sou v e n i r , Locomotion, Secret, Enola Gay, We Love You, Hold You, and all the rest of the great tunes released by Andy and Paul! Now that the Band as reunited, OMD is back at it...creatin g a new decade of fine pop songs for a new generation of listener, plus us that have been fans since 1980!
Remember parachute pants? 80's fad clothes. Funny when you look back at what we wore to look cool then.
Love this song. Loved Pretty in Pink. Molly Ringwald used to have the look.
GOOD GROUP
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of ur life tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post you will die in two days. Now you've started reading don't stop this is so scary put this on atleast five songsin 143 mun.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actualy works
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Pretty In Pink anyone?
Memories as a kid in the 80s
Long live the 80's!!
GOOD TIME AND LAID BACK.
Great song!
destefame
What does one wear to an OMD concert? Last time I went to a concert, it WAS the 80s.... and I have to go direct from my office job to the NYC concert tomorrow.
Great show in DC!
Saw them in concert over the weekend. What a great performance!
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They are actually touring in the USA!
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