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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit was founded by Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals); amid rotating line-ups, Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Malcolm Holmes (drums) are the longest-serving additional members. OMD released their influential debut single, "Electricity", in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song "Enola Gay". The band achieved broader recognition via their seminal album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its three singles, all of which were international hits. Steadily resistant to celebrity status, the group earned acclaim for their adventurous recordings, which combined sonic experimentation and atypical subject matter with pop hooks.

Although retrospectively described as a challenging masterpiece, the avant-garde Dazzle Ships (1983) eroded European support: the band embraced a more mainstream sound on Junk Culture (1984), while continuing to experiment via newly acquired digital samplers. This change in direction led to greater success in the United States, and yielded the 1986 hit, "If You Leave". A year after the release of The Best of OMD (1988), creative differences rendered McCluskey the only remaining member of the group as Humphreys formed spin-off band The Listening Pool. OMD would return with a new line-up and explore the dance-pop genre: Sugar Tax (1991) and its initial singles were sizeable hits in Europe. By the mid 1990s, however, electronic music had been supplanted by alternative rock, and both OMD and The Listening Pool disbanded in 1996. McCluskey went on to found, and write multiple hits for girl group Atomic Kitten, while Humphreys performed as half of the duo Onetwo.

In 2006, the outfit reformed with Humphreys back in the fold, and began to work on material more akin to their early output. The band re-established themselves as a chart commodity in Europe, while enjoying a growing international fanbase and a legacy as innovators within popular music. An influence on many artists in diverse genres, their songs have been covered, remixed and sampled by numerous chart acts, and the group are the subject of two tribute albums. The Oxford Times described OMD as being "among the most important bands Britain has ever produced".

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3 11
1980 Organisation Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3 8
1981 Architecture & Morality Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4 12
1983 Dazzle Ships Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 9
1984 Junk Culture Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3 11
1985 Crush Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 8
1986 The Pacific Age Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4 4
1991 Sugar Tax Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
1993 Liberator Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1996 Universal Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
2010 History of Modern Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 7
2013 English Electric Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 O.M.D. (tracks from self-titled and Organisation) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1988 The Best of OMD Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4.35 5
1990 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark / Organisation / Architecture & Morality Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
1998 The OMD Singles Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
2001 Navigation: The B-Sides Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
2003 The OMD Singles / Navigation – The OMD B‐Sides Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
2008 Messages: Greatest Hits Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 5 1
2011 So80s Presents Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Peel Sessions 1979-1983 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
2008 Architecture & Morality & More Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
2011 Live in Berlin Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
2015 Access All Areas Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 5
2015 Dazzle Ships at The Museum of Liverpool Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
2016 Architecture & Morality / Dazzle Ships – Live at the Royal Albert Hall Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Electricity Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
1980 Red Frame/White Light Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1980 Messages Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1980 Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4 4
1981 Pretending To See The Future / Swing Shift Orchestral Manoeuvres \ Nash the Slash 1
1981 Souvenir Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1981 Joan of Arc Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1981 Enola Gay / Souvenir ("Super-Sound-Single") Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
1982 Maid of Orleans Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
1983 Genetic Engineering Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1983 Telegraph Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 5
1984 Locomotion Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
1984 Talking Loud and Clear Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1984 Tesla Girls Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1984 Never Turn Away Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1985 So in Love Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
1985 Secret Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 5
1985 La femme accident Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1986 If You Leave Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 7
1986 We Love You Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
1986 (Forever) Live and Die Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1987 Shame Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1988 Dreaming Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 6
1991 Sailing on the Seven Seas Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1991 Call My Name Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1991 Pandora’s Box Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 5
1991 Then You Turn Away Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1993 Dream of Me (Based on Love’s Theme) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
1993 Everyday Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1993 Stand Above Me Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1996 Walking on the Milky Way Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
1996 Universal Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
2010 If You Want It Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
2010 Sister Marie Says Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 4
2011 History of Modern, Part I Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3
2013 Metroland Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
2013 Dresden Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2
2015 Julia’s Song (dub version) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Brides of Frankenstein Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
1998 The OMD Remixes Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 3

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 O.M.D. O.M.D. 1
2013 The Future Will Be Silent Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1
2013 Night Café Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Dazzle Ships (Parts I, IV, V & VI) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Electricity Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 1

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