Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark,or sometimes referred to as OMD, is a synth pop music group which was founded by Andy McClusky and Paul Humphreys. These members were originally from the Wirral Peninsula, U. K.. They have a contract with Virgin Records and originally with their subsidiary, DinDisc. When these two core members were teens, they were members of several bands in their area. They were members of Equinox, Pegasus, and Hitlerz Underpantz. As well as others. Andy played bass guitar and sang and Paul was an electronics enthusiast and began as a roadie but eventually went to keyboards. Their debut performance was in 1978 at Eric’s Club, in Liverpool, England.
In 1980 the duo put together a seven member band, which consisted of three singers, 2 played guitars, one bass player, one drummer, and one keyboard player, and called themselves, The Id. The members were not only Paul and Andy, but also Malcolm Holmes (drum player), Julia Kneale (McClusky’s girlfriend, vocalist), The group split up in 1978 because of different music style interests. Paul and Andy renamed their other project they had going, called VCL XI, to Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark. They began as a duo and played back up tracks from a Revox tape recorder. They released a single called, Electricity, with the record label, Factory Records. They were quickly grabbed by a Virgin subsidiary called, DinDisc. Their first album was released in 1980. Paul and Andy were basically the ones who recorded it but they had a guest drummer named, Mal Holmes, and a saxophone player named, Martin Cooper. Their first single hit came from the album and was called, Messages. After that the band toured to promote the album and themselves. Later in the year they released their second album called, Organisation. This album was recorded as a three piece and included Mal Holmes. From this album came a big hit single called, Enola Gay. The song was named after the plane which dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Again the band went on tour to promote the album and this time they included, Martin Cooper, a saxophonist, but was used as a keyboard player. Another hit single released was, Souvenir, and it became the group’s biggest hit during their career. The peak of the group’s career was in 1981 when they released the album, Architecture &Morality.
The band released a compilation album in 1988,m then the band split in two. Some members went one way and the others went another. In 2006, Andy announced that there were plans to reform OMD and they have plans presently to tour again and also to release a new album in 2007. The band has released a total of 14 albums, 32 singles, and 3 music videos.
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