Legal name: George Andrew McCluskey
George Andrew "Andy" McCluskey (born 24 June 1959 in Heswall, Cheshire) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer who is regarded as a pioneer of electronic music in the United Kingdom. He is best known as the singer and bass guitarist of new wave band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), which he founded with Paul Humphreys in 1978. An Ivor Novello Award-nominated songwriter, McCluskey has penned multiple international hits, including: "Enola Gay", "Joan of Arc", "Maid of Orleans", "Locomotion", "Talking Loud and Clear", "If You Leave" and "Sailing on the Seven Seas" for OMD; and "Right Now", "See Ya", "Whole Again" and "Cradle" for Atomic Kitten, the girl group he founded in 1998.
McCluskey has been described by critic Ned Raggett in AllMusic as an artist who is able to "balance artistic and commercial impulses in a winning fashion." He has sold more than 40 million records with OMD. McCluskey's distinctive, self-deprecating on-stage routine was dubbed the "Trainee Teacher Dance" by the BBC's Stuart Maconie, who wrote that it became "the dance-floor routine of choice" for students in the early-to-mid 1980s. In live shows, he often plays bass guitar (with strings inverted) and occasionally, keyboard instruments and guitar; McCluskey continues performing with OMD to the present day.
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