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Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)

Overview
Works: 392 works in 1,126 publications in 3 languages and 3,073 library holdings
Genres: Rock music  Alternative rock music  New wave music  Songs  Popular music  Punk rock music  Television soundtracks  Television music  Concert films  Documentary films 
Roles: Performer, Instrumentalist, Singer, Contributor, Composer, Other, Musician, Lyricist
Classifications: M1630.18, 782.42166
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Most widely held works about Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)
 
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Most widely held works by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)
Now that's what I call new wave 80s( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Wave is one of the most memorable sounds to come from the '80s. From INXS and Tears for Fears to The Human League and Berlin, this collection features some of the iconic hits that continue to influence artists today
Left of the dial : dispatches from the 80's underground( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best of OMD by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

30 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys make up Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, who were responsible for some of the catchiest and brightest synth pop that the '80s had to offer. O.M.D.'s material was a step above other keyboard pop music of the time, thanks to the combination of intelligently crafted hooks and colorful rhythms that bounced and jittered with pristine charm. Their squeaky-clean brilliancy initiated by both their synthesizers and subdued yet attractive vocal styles gave them a more mature sound over bands like Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls, who were attracting a younger audience. The Best of O.M.D. is an excellent compilation of their polished music, starting out with less provocative material like the basic electronic wash of "Electricity" and the bare but ebullient fervor of "Enola Gay." As this set moves along, so does the craftiness of their work, which is evident on tighter sounding songs like "Tesla Girls" and "Locomotion, " where the intricacy of their formula begins to take a more resounding shape. O.M.D.'s best work came from 1985's Crush album, which harbored the midnight airiness found in "So in Love" as well as the adolescent innocence that streamed its way through "Secret, " which are two of the best tracks on this set. Even though "If You Leave" was the highlight of Pretty in Pink's soundtrack, its adult feel and smooth transition from stanza to chorus makes it their most memorable song. With only four singles reaching the Top 40 in the '80s, all included here, the 18 tracks that make up this compilation prove that O.M.D.'s music was far more consistent and illuminating than the charts represent. [The 2002 British re-release includes two songs not included on the original: "Genetic Engineering" and "Telegraph."] ~ Mike DeGagne, AMG
13 reasons why. a Netflix original series soundtrack( Recording )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The punishment of luxury by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

13 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A daring collection of stylish synth pop and masterful songwriting which will certainly rank alongside their very best. It combines OMD's wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone
English electric by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark( Recording )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enth.: Please reain seated. Metroland. Night cafè. The future will be silent. Helen of Troy. Our system. Kissing the machine. Decimal. Stay with me. Dresden. Atomic ranch. Final song
Urgh! : a music war( Visual )

4 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed in 1980 at a variety of locations and venues, this documentary presents 30 different performances nonstop, featuring both well-known and lesser-known bands, and captures some of the emerging New Wave and punk acts of the day
The pacific age by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark( Recording )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dazzle ships by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark( Recording )

30 editions published between 1983 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architecture & morality by Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark( Recording )

41 editions published between 1981 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If there was a clear high point for OMD in terms of balancing relentless experimentation and seemingly unstoppable mainstream success in the U.K., Architecture & Morality is it. Again combining everything from design and presentation to even the title into an overall artistic effort, this album showed that OMD was arguably the first Liverpool band since the later Beatles to make such a sweeping, all-bases-covered achievement -- more so because OMD owed nothing to the Fab Four. All it takes is a consideration of the three smash singles from the album to see the group in full flower. "Souvenir," featuring Paul Humphreys in a quiet but still warm and beautiful lead role, eases in on haunting semi-vocal sighs before settling into its gentle, sparkling melody. The mid-song instrumental break, with its shifted tempos and further wordless calls, is especially inspired. "Joan of Arc," meanwhile, takes the drama of "Enola Gay" to new heights; again, wordless vocals provide the intro and backing, while an initially quiet melody develops into a towering heartbreaker, with Andy McCluskey and band in full flight. If that wasn't enough, the scenario was continued and made even more epic with "Maid of Orleans," starting with a quick-cut series of melancholic drones and shades before a punchy, then rolling martial beat kicks in, with Malcolm Holmes and technology in perfect combination. With another bravura McCluskey lead and a mock-bagpipe lead that's easily more entrancing than the real thing, it's a wrenching ballad like no other before it and little since. Any number of other high points can be named, such as the opening, "The New Stone Age," with McCluskey's emotional fear palpable over a rough combination of nervous electronic pulses, piercing keyboard parts, and slightly distorted guitar. "She's Leaving" achieves its own polished pop perfection -- it would have made an inspired choice for a fourth single if one had been forthcoming -- while the heartbreaking "Sealand" and "Georgia" hint at where OMD would go next, with Dazzle Ships
The OMD singles by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

8 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crush by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

32 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Junk culture by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark( Recording )

30 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of modern by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark return with their album of new material since 1996
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sugar tax by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

26 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organisation by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pretty in pink : original motion picture soundtrack( Recording )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and German and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liberator by Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)( Recording )

13 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mersey paradise : Mojo presents the fab sound of Liverpool( Recording )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
O.M.D.

O.M.D. (hljómsveit)

O.M.D. (Musical group)

OMD

OMD (Groupe musical)

OMD (Grupo musical)

OMD (hudební skupina)

OMD (Musical group)

OMD (mūzikas grupa)

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark britische Pop-Band

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark British new wave group

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark groupe de musique britannique

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (hljómsveit)

Orchestral Manœuvres in the Dark (Musical group)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark muziekband uit Liverpool

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)

Orchestral Manoevre in the dark

Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark

Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark

オーケストラル・マヌヴァーズ・イン・ザ・ダーク

Languages
English (261)

German (33)

Polish (1)