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OMD Live at Terminal 5

Article: OMD Live at Terminal 5

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the iconic electronic band that sadly most in the US only know from “If You Leave,” played their first US shows this week in over 20 years. At NYC’s Terminal 5 the energy was palpable and nostalgia flooded the room.

OMD’s latest album, History of Modern, is a welcome return to form. Unlike many other past-their-prime pop stars’ recent efforts, this album is quite good. It’s so good in fact it trumps much of OMD’s back catalog, which has always been a bit uneven.

Rediscovering Human League

Article: Rediscovering Human League

When I saw, and wrote about, OMD’s new record the other day a few of my younger friends said they’d never heard of OMD. Never heard of OMD? I was shocked. I felt old. Very, very old.

This realization that the youth of today is missing out on such a wonderful period of music, the 1980s, shocked me. Um, where do you think Gaga got all her ideas? I started searching through the 15K songs in my iTunes library. Where did pop music as we know it today come from? Too electric to be Rock. Too camp to be hip-hop. Today’s pop music, from Ke$Ha to Gaga to Rihanna, owes much to electro-pop.

OMD's return

Article: OMD's return

OMD, also know as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, is prepping a comeback album called History of Modern. In preparation for that late September release, the duo have released a single called “If You Want It.” It’s fantastic! And though they no longer have youthful faces, the music, and Andy McCluskey’s voice, have never sounded…

OMD, OMG!

Article: OMD, OMG!

OMD is back. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, the duo of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, first took to the stage in 1978, over three decades ago. And while the 1980s made them pop stars, they never quite achieved superstardom like their contemporaries. This is a shame because their body of work is remarkable and…

Factory Records

Article: Factory Records

A friend of mine recently was explaining his obsession with Factory Records. The label was a Manchester-based independent record label in the influential in the late 70s and 80s and still today. Their roster included some groundbreaking artists: Joy Division, New Order, James, OMD, and Happy Mondays. And not only was the label focused on curating a beautiful,…