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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 30 April 1983

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES In The Dark are a triumph of packaging over content. The same principle that determines the lavishly striking sleeves by Peter Saville extends ...


Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, John Dowie: Factory Night, Acklam Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 26 May 1979

FOUR DIVERSE samples of current Mancunian Factory products: dopey comedian John Dowie; a cute pop duo called Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; A Certain Ratio ...

Joy Division, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen et al: Leigh Rock Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Mick Middles, Sounds, 8 September 1979

A movement with no name... and a festival with no people (But a 'staggering event' all the same, says our man Middles) ...

Joy Division/Echo & The Bunnymen/OMD/Teardrop Explodes/The Distractions/ACR: Leigh Valley Festival, Lancashire

Live Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, 8 September 1979

Angst in an East Lancs wasteland ...

Joy Division, Pil et al: Futurama '79 Festival — Set The Controls For The Squalor Of Leeds

Live Review by Andy Gill, Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 15 September 1979

The World's First Science Fiction Music FestivalWords: Ian Penman and Andy Gill. Pix: Kevin Cummins ...

Factory Records: Food For Thought

Report by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, 29 September 1979

Lots of people thought that Operation Julie was a bit of an anachronism. Who, in the late Seventies, could be dropping all those tabs? It ...

Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark: In The Future All Groups Will Be Built Like This

Interview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 22 December 1979

LIVERPOOL'S Lime Street station opens onto a typically drab cityscape. ...

The Concise NME Guide To Electronic Music & Synthesised Sound PART TWO — Synthesisers

Overview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 12 January 1980

POMP THE trouble with synthesisers is actually playing them, accepting their status as sound-generators and starting from scratch. Mechanical keyboards were included in early synth ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Eric's, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, 23 February 1980

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES are going to be big. It's the opening night of an important tour, on home ground (almost), and the message is there. It's there ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Who Was That Masked Man?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 23 February 1980

SOMETHING GARDENS the place was called. Gardens? At a conservative estimate not so much as a blade of grass had dared to peep above ground ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Techno Conservationists

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 25 October 1980

Dave McCullough bumps into Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Men Of Mystery And Imagination

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 22 November 1980

ANDY McCLUSKEY and I are the last two of the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark party left in the Edinburgh hotel bar. ...

Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell; Soft Cell: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Architecture & Morality

Review by Jim Green, Trouser Press, March 1982

PUNK BANDS made up in sheer energetic vitality and charm what they lacked in technique. The young electronic bands now taking the British charts by ...

OMD: Pilgrims' Unplanned Progress

Interview by Toby Goldstein, Creem, June 1982

NEW YORK — Think a minute, and recall the members of the Electronics Club at your school. If stereotypes haven't been swept under the carpet ...

Human League et al: Synth-Pop

Report and Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, August 1982

Music Without Musicians...But Not Without Craftsmanship and Great Songs ...

Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark: Dazzle Ships (Virgin)

Review by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 5 March 1983

THIS IS Radio Bohn calling, bringing you news of a bloodless mutiny aboard the good ship Dazzle, which has put the helm in the hands ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: New Junk for Old

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 28 April 1984

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK emerge from the shadows with a new album, Junk Culture. Helen FitzGerald hops on the Sealink to Belgium for a ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Two Guys And A Tape Deck Become A

Interview by Ira Robbins, Musician, October 1985

Only one of the following two statements is true. Which? A) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark is a synthesizer duo, a pair of chilly intellectual ...

Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark: The Pacific Age

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 4 October 1986

OH TO put aside the racehorses, to forget Morley's G-Mex intro ("two rich bastards from LA") to ignore the cobalt-coated doughboys who adorn the inner ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: They Need Your Love So Bad!

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, March 1987

ANDY MCCLUSKEY laughs at the memory of The Song that changed the fortunes of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: The Pacific Age

Review by John Mendelsohn, Creem, April 1987

NOT ALL THAT is wrong with modern pop is wrong with OMD. They don't try desperately to look like badasses of the most fearsome sort ...

Depeche Mode, Wire, Thomas Dolby, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Rose Bowl, Pasadena CA

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 16 July 1988

WIRE HAVE probably not played to 100,000 people in total as they've skimmed their precious stones across the edges of a strange pop history. And ...

Songwriters: Musical Chairs

Special Feature by Pete Paphides, The Guardian, 21 September 2002

Today's pop stars, say their critics, aren't half as talented as their predecessors because they have little or nothing to do with writing their songs. ...

You Should Already Know: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Report and Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, November 2010

DESPITE BEING BORN into the choking, mechanized wasteland that was early '80s urban England (Dear Old Blighty had, sadly, become Dear Old Blighted.), ...

Forgive Us Our Synths – How 80s Pop Found Favour Again

Overview by Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 18 November 2010

Ostentatiously intellectual and scornful of rock'n'roll cliche, the likes of OMD and Heaven 17 briefly set 80s pop alight – and now they're back in favour. ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: From Kraftwerk to Craftsmen

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, May 2013

They were just "two guys with a tape recorder and a name as long as the stage they were standing on", but Orchestral Manoeuvres In ...

How OMD manoeuvred themselves back from the dark

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Event Magazine, 16 November 2019

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES In The Dark aren't bitter, not a bit of it. They have missed out on millions, seen marriages collapse and, at one point, ...


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