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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: English Electric

1. Please Remain Seated

2. Metroland

3. Night Cafe

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: Dresden (Remixes)

1. Dresden

2. Time Burns

3. Dresden (John Foxx & The Maths Remix)

4. Dresden (Mike Jolly's Architectural Remix)

5. Dresden (Bounce Darkside Remix)

6. Dresden (Zebra And Snake Remix)

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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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do not like OMD
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Pandora's Box is a great synth pop song.
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yes they were cool in the 80s and still cool :)
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Always be a favorite of mine! THOSE 80's were the BEST
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hellak13
Loved the 80's!!!!
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They were cool - IN THE 80s!!!!!
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If you leave. ..pretty in pink love this song!!!!
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Love the 80s
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My station is on a roll of 80s synth pop music.
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I won't leave you ever my Mike please don't leave me eather me eather it would be nice to live together it would be nice to kiss good night and sleep togerther my Mike your my rocking Robin I would like to here you sing to me then I could sing to you too your mimi
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Let me School two thousands generation on Something Without 80s Music 2000s Generation Music Would NEVER EXIST... AND THAT'S A FACT...
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Pretty in Pink one of my FAVE 80s Movies...
A Classic I Love Duckie... ***
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She left with my heart and the water under was to high it broke the bridge ..... lost forever she took my soul ...God himself hopefully can get it back for me
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When this song came out in 86,I was 13, with a mullet! Classic!
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Amazing artists... I'm so impressed with both of you looks and I'm totally in love with both of your voices.
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eliwanag2
Duckie rules! James Spader had a blonde mane and Andrew McCarthy eye rolls was considered acting.
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Pretty in Pink!!! Duckie!! Love those shoes!!
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please touch me again my love and give me some loving all the way put every thing in the past my love Mike love mimi
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Great song
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Same here gypsyrose.el . i love the song and the movie.
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Pretty in Pink is not OMD - it is P Furs. Just saw OMD at Red Rocks and they were just a lovely as the first time I saw them 1980.
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Gigglio is deaf and wouldn't know good music if it slapped him up side his 13 year old head!
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I would like it to touch me it feels right to me it won't fade away ever w need each other alot we deserve to be happy mikemimi
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Crappy song. Crappy band. The 80s sucked. Long live Lady Gaga and Kanye West!!! The best music ever created!!!
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This music never gets old!!! Love it!
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Will always love this song and the movie Pretty in Pink.
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I would be nice if you could stay tonight and could make you breakfast and coffee in the morning mimi
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I won't leave you ever I will be here call me mimi
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Love this song!! I loved hearing it in Pretty in Pink ������
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Definitely one of my favorite songs from the 80's. All love the movie Pretty in Pink.
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Is that clive ovven on the albvm?
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Thank god for the 80s, I mis those days so much, the time of my innocence, time of no cell phones or pagers , new wave please come back, wearing tons of new wave buttons allover my shirt,
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Pretty in pink. This is the song...
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I love this song. Pretty in Pink will always be one of my favorite movies.
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I just got to hear OMD perform this song at Red Rocks. Loved it!
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Always a great song
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♡♡♡♡♡
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Molly Ringwald in the movie Pretty in Pink. Andie is one of the greatest teen characters.
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Miss the 80s for sure
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I love this song. It's from one of my favorite movies from the 80s. Pretty in Pink rocks!
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elizabeth_li z _ r a m o s
Best vocals and harmony.
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rosaicasey
MacDaddyFidy 7 . . . . I agree. Those were KROQ'S best years. When songs all sounded different from see each other. Most today have the same beat or are just to stupid to sing along to. "��Work work work work work��" I used to buy my KROQ calendar every December at an old store called Music +
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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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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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