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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: English Electric

1. Please Remain Seated

2. Metroland

4. The Future Will Be Silent

5. Helen Of Troy

6. Our System

7. Kissing The Machine

8. Decimal

9. Stay With Me

10. Dresden

11. Atomic Ranch

12. Final Song

13. No Man's Land

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Track List: History Of Modern

1. New Babies: New Toys

2. If You Want It

3. History Of Modern (Part I)

4. History Of Modern (Part II)

5. Sometimes

6. Rfwk

7. New Holy Ground

8. The Future

9. Sister Marie Says

10. Pulse

11. Green

12. Bondage Of Fate

13. The Right Side

14. Save Me

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Track List: The Omd Singles

1. Electricity

2. Messages

3. Enola Gay

4. Souvenir

5. Joan Of Arc

6. Maid Of Orleans

7. Tesla Girls

8. Locomotion

9. Talking Loud And Clear

10. So In Love

11. If You Leave

12. Forever Live And Die

13. Dreaming

14. Sailing On The Seven Seas

15. Pandora's Box

16. Call My Name

17. Dream Of Me

18. Walking On The Milky Way

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Track List: The Best Of OMD

1. Electricity

2. Messages

3. Enola Gay

4. Souvenir

5. Joan Of Arc

6. Maid Of Orleans

7. Tesla Girls

8. Locomotion

9. Talking Loud And Clear

10. So In Love

11. Secret

12. If You Leave

13. Forever Live And Die

14. Dreaming

15. We Love You (12" Version)

16. La Femme Accident (12" Version)

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Track List: Dazzle Ships (Digitally Remastered Edition)

1. Radio Prague

2. Genetic Engineering

3. Abc Auto-Industry

4. Telegraph

5. This Is Helena

6. International

8. The Romance Of The Telescope

9. Silent Running

10. Radio Waves

11. Time Zones

12. Of All The Things We've Made

13. Telegraph (The Manor Version 1981)

14. 4-Neu

15. Genetic Engineering (312mm Version)

16. 66 And Fading

18. Swiss Radio International

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Track List: Architecture & Morality

1. The New Stone Age

2. She's Leaving

3. Souvenir

4. Sealand

5. Joan Of Arc

6. Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)

7. Architecture & Morality

8. Georgia

9. The Beginning And The End

10. Extended Souvenir

11. Motion & Heart (Amazon Version)

12. Sacred Heart

13. The Romance Of The Telescope

14. Navigation

15. Of All The Things We've Made

16. Gravity Never Failed

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Track List: Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark [Remastered]

1. Bunker Soldiers

2. Almost

3. Mystereality

4. Electricity

5. The Messerschmitt Twins

6. Messages

7. Julia's Song

8. Red Frame/White Light

9. Dancing

10. Pretending To See The Future

11. Messages [Single Version]

12. I Betray My Friends

13. Taking Sides Again

14. Waiting For The Man

15. Electricity [Hannett & Cargo Studios Version]

16. Almost [Hannett & Cargo Studios Version]

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Track List: Metroland

1. Metroland

2. The Great White Silence

3. Metroland (Radio Edit)

4. Metroland (Manhattan Clique Remix)

5. Metroland (Appropriately Remixed By Metroland)

6. Metroland (Jonteknik Remix)

7. Metroland (Roger Erickson Remix)

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❤❤❤❤❤
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Love their sound , pretty in Pink a master piece
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I wouldn't say it was all downhill after this. I like a lot Pandora's Box
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annavasquez3 5 6
I know this song is about a break up but this song still sounds romantic
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Architecture and Morality was their creative zenith. An adventurous synthpop album with live drums and bass, with songs about Joan of Arc. After that it was all downhill.
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Love this song!!!! Pretty in Pink movie yessssss! !!
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somebody talk
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hi
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Love maid of Orleans and Joan of Arc.
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Good feelings
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Electricity 1980 when KROQ was a good station to listen to
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Just watched Pretty in Pink the other day!!! Brought back some good memories of a time that was much simpler....
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Omg Pretty In Pink!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Feeling some pretty in pink right now!
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TIMELESS!
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This song is amazing. The electronic beat in the background is extraordinar y . Very well done.
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cynthia.more n o 7 9
:)
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djtrix. Rap/hip-hop was never awesome. It rots your brain. especially the stuff today
I don't give a f**k I don't I don't I don't I don't give a f**k about chu
very creative. makes me want to end the person who thought it was a good idea to air it.
Rap's lyrics, like today's pop music, usually doesn't send good messages in its songs. well, I mean, Phil collins usually sent good messages, but he was a dick at life, so...
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Wtf is pammiesue816 0 talking about there was some awesome rap in the 80s run DMC ll cool j public enemy 2 live crew nwa the list goes on she has no idea about music and therefore should shut the hell up
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sofiat73
Loved the 80s! Best memories, great songs and great bands!
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Best Music Ever nothing like the s**t of today !!!
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craventigres s
Mmm...sooo good!!!
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Still run to this stuff, never get enough of the OMD
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Great music
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LOVE THE 80's
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lol so 80s
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I really love the 80s I rember when I was just a little kid me and my older cus and me sing song
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Brings memories of a lot of past girlfriends
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love love love this song.... brought back memories of first love
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This is his doter .p.s. It is his doter
But......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Don't leave me
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I was Anthony Michael Hall
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Has anybody seen Molly Ringwald where is my baby
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I'm so ouevre these guys...
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So many memories, best time of my life, miss so many people
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Awesome song
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the80s was the best lived in Amsterdam loved it summers on ios
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Omg I wish I lived in the 80s
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Wouldn't be the 80s without this song love it great time
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At work having a mini 80s party by myself! Lol this is the best music period EVER! I could live in the 80s!
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Love this song!!
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MEMORIES!!!
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Now, the most interesting part of this bio is that there once existed a band called "Dalek I Love You"...
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I'm so glad I grew up in the 80s great times and music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Pretty in Pink...❤❤❤
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One of my favorite song... I want to go back and be 12..... Pretty in Pink love 80's
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Excellent song...ahh the 80's
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❤️ OMD!!!
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Love this song...and pretty in pink! Love 80's music
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Love this...80's classic
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Brings Back So Many Wonderful Memories of Being A Teen in the 80's
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