OMD ~ Documentary

February 8, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ~ Souvenir…

A British new wave group formed in 1978, whose founding members, Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphrey’s (keyboards, vocals), are originally from Wirral, England.

While steadily eschewing pop star status, the band cultivated a fan base in the United Kingdom from 1978–1980. They gained popularity throughout Europe with the hugely successful 1980 single “Enola Gay”, and achieved broader recognition via seminal album Architecture & Morality (1981)[a] and its singles. OMD also garnered acclaim for their experimental recordings, consistently producing music of greater intellectual depth than that of their peers.

Although retrospectively lauded, the sonically challenging Dazzle Ships (1983) eroded European consumer interest during the mid 1980’s; Junk Culture (1984) marked a shift toward more pop-oriented song-writing. Concurrently, OMD reached their peak in the United States and had a major hit with 1986’s “If You Leave”, written for the film Pretty in Pink. Humphrey’s departed in 1989 with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Malcolm Holmes (drums) to form The Listening Pool, leaving McCluskey to lead the outfit;

Sugar Tax (1991) and its initial singles were sizeable hits in Europe. By the mid 1990’s, however, synthpop had become unfashionable amid the guitar oriented musical climate, and McCluskey dissolved the band in 1996, months after their last successful single, “Walking on the Milky Way”. He founded pop group Atomic Kitten in 1998.

The band reformed in 2006 and began releasing new material in 2009. Their European fan base remained steadfast: History of Modern (2010) became the group’s biggest hit on the German chart; English Electric (2013) their largest in the UK since Sugar Tax.

The group have sold over 40 million records. Despite limited mainstream support for their unconventional works, OMD have carved a unique legacy within popular music, being regarded by critics as the synthpop counterpart of The Beatles, and a pioneering and highly influential act.

The Quietus magazine editor John Doran once remarked: “Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are not one of the best synth bands ever: they are one of the best bands ever.

Andy McCluskey from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark talking about Depeche Mode

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Andy McCluskey from OMD Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark talks about Depeche Mode and the US tour at The Rose Bowl


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New live video featuring OMD

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OMD concert specials – must see

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An instrumental part of the Dazzle Weekend at the Museum of Liverpool was the four Dazzle Films shown in the Theatre across the weekend.

Maharishi’s DPM:Bamdazzle pattern was inspired by the dazzle paint scheme used on Navy ships, primarily during WWI. It consisted of a complex pattern of geometricshapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other in order to confuse a german torpedo operator as to the direction that the ship was travelling, how far away it was and how fast it was moving – essential information for a direct hit.

Maharishi have created there own variant called DPM: Bamdazzle, a portmanteau referencing Dazzle and Bamboo. Our interpretation of dazzle is infused with bamboo to express a core DPM theme, that camouflage ultimately has it’s roots in nature where it was discovered by natural historians, developed by artists and only later was co-opted by the military

Our animation film ‘The Testing Theatre’ is about Dazzle painting and the direct relationship between camouflage and the Visual Arts. Camouflage was used (and systematically applied on a large scale) during the First World War. In addition there was the exceptional resemblance of the Dazzle designs with the work of the Vorticists. The Vorticists were the British avant-garde variant of Cubists and Futurists in the years immediately before the First World War.

First shown at the Dazzle Weekend at the Museum of Liverpool, November 2014.

We were initially asked to create something visual to accompany Dazzle Ships (Parts I, IV, V & VI) just in case of inclement weather and for those who may struggle to access the ship’s engine room.

Hambi created this powerful short film entirely from stills taken on the
Edmund Gardner.

Sunday electronic music video show – Part 2

December 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Human League – Black Hit Of Space (1980)

Music video by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark performing Electricity. (P) 1980 The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd

The information comes from WIKIPEDIA
In March 1980, Vince Clarke, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher formed a band called Composition of Sound, with Clarke on vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards and Fletcher on bass.

Depeche Mode Shout! live in studio @ L’Écho Des Bananes, France, 1981 (2/3)

Official video for “Afraid” by The Mobile Homes.

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Sunday morning electro tunes for your listening pleasure

November 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Karl Bartos Crosstalk

Great Kraftwerkish Sounds from 1996, Komputer with ‘Komputer Krash’,

Available on the album “Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark” (Dindisc / Virgin Records / 1980).

OMD speaks on the making of Night Café (Track by Track)

September 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Andy and Paul explain the origins of the track Night Café. This video is available as part of the bonus DVD in the CD Deluxe version of English Electric.

Night Café is out now and is available in the following formats


English Electric is out now and is available digitally, as a CD, as a deluxe CD/DVD set and as a heavyweight vinyl with CD.

CD Deluxe:

New video from OMD – Night Café

August 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Night Café is the 3rd single to be released from English Electric
A limited edition CD digipack featuring exclusive B-side “Kill Me” along with the complete set of b-sides from the English Electric era as well as 4 Night Cafe remixes is out 16th September

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English Electric is out now and is available digitally, as a CD, as a deluxe CD/DVD set and as a heavyweight vinyl with CD.

CD Deluxe:

OMD – Night Café

July 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Night Café, the third single from the album English Electric.

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