Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:59 am

Electropop hitmakers of the early 80s, who reformed a few years ago and who'll have another album out in September, The Punishment of Luxury. So this is as good a time as any to appreciate their contributions (I also picked up their Architecture & Morality album on cassette the other month, so it's all come together at the right time):

Electricity

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Joan of Arc

Sailing on the Seven Seas

Isotype - from the new album

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Post  misery guts on Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:25 am

OMD: Architecture and Morality
From the Hammersmith Apollo, on May 19, 2007, Andy & co run through a plethora of hits, encoring with Walking on the Milky Way, Electricity and The Romance of the Telescope. Since their reformation, like many bands, they seem to be enjoying their 2nd chance to be the band they loved and worked hard for.

OMD: Live at Electric Dreams
Again from the Butlins, Bognor Regis weekend, this was a lively hour or so, with 13 tracks from across their career. Paul and Andy seem to be having the time of their lives.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:36 am

Electric Dreams - Nicky Horne interviews OMD
Paul and Andy have known each other from school, though they were in separate bands at first. Paul was a techie who built his own kit and instruments. Andy saw Kraftwerk play Liverpool in 1975. They got onto Factory Records briefly because Tony Wilson's wife championed them. Their 7 LP deal with Virgin turned into an albatross by its end. Paul left in 1988, and Andy struggled on until 1996. They finally reformed in 2006, and have made a point of making new LPs as they have gone along.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:49 am

The new album is out this week, and competing with the Script and LCD Soundsystem to be #1. Here's the title track:

The Punishment of Luxury

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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:41 am

Neil McCormick's Needle Time: Andy MacCluskey
From back in 2013, one of Neil's early chats. They never took videos too seriously, and even when Peter Savile did the one for "Souvenir", it didn't finish how they expected. They met at school, were part of a band, but Autobahn changed their ideas. They did the Enola Gay video in a rush at ITN Studios. They never expected to make it big, so they treated Top of the Pops with bemusement. Touring in France led to the Joan of Arc & Maid of Orleans double. They scored an unlikely US #1 with If You Leave because of its use in a film. He and Paul split at the end of the 80s, and Andy packed up in the late 90s. A chat to Karl Bartos led him to organise Atomic Kitten, which eventually worked out, but he then got kicked off the project. He and Paul reunited in 2005 for a German gig, and decided to write new material (which is where they still are). Are they old modernists or retro futurists? Time continues to tell.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:05 am

Needle Time: Paul Humphreys
From 2017, and repeated at last, Andy's colleague got to give his take on the OMD story. From meeting them as a school band roadie, to hearing Kraftwerk and changing their plans and band name from The Id to the mouthful they ended up with. Their mistaken 7-album deal with Virgin which ended up as 10 albums. How their breakthrough 3rd album was purposely followed by Dazzle Ships to confound demands to stick in a successful groove. How Paul and the other 2 in the band left over cash-flow, how Paul did other projects like One-Two with Claudia Brucken, and how they finally reformed in 2006. They soon decided it was important to make new material, and were about to release their 3rd since their reunion when this interview happened. It was good to hear that Paul was as key a part of the band as Andy; sometimes one person seems the over-riding force and it's usually not the case.
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