History Music / OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark

17th Oct '16 6:57:19 PM Exxolon
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'''Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark''' were a {{Synthpop}} group formed in the Wirral, UK, in the mid-70's by Andy [=McCluskey=] and Paul Humphreys.

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'''Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark''' were are a {{Synthpop}} group formed in the Wirral, UK, in the mid-70's by Andy [=McCluskey=] and Paul Humphreys.
22nd May '16 11:01:34 AM SansPoint
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*** The vocoded introduction of "Radio Waves" is a shoutout to the vocoded introduction to "Autobahn"
22nd May '16 9:51:50 AM SansPoint
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** OMD has made several to Kraftwerk
*** Andy and Paul have both admitted that "Electricity" is a sped-up version of Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity"
*** The song "VCL XI" off the album ''Organisation'' is a really obscure one, referring to a label of a drawing of a vacuum tube on the back cover of the ''Radio-Activity'' album, though the original is written "VCL 11"
*** The title of ''Organisation'' might be a reference to the pre-Kraftwerk band Organisation, too
*** OMD covered "Neon Lights" on the ''Sugar Tax'' album
*** The song "RFWK" off ''History of Modern'' is another Kraftwerk reference, both using letters from the band's name, and a reference to the first names of Kraftwerk's most famous line-up: Ralf, Florian, Wolfgang, and Karl. The lyrics might also be an oblique reference to discovering Kraftwerk's music.
8th May '16 5:04:14 AM Q4
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* FixItInPost: On the ''Electricity'' live DVD, Andy jokes that they'll do this after he forgets the lyrics during "Talking Loud and Clear".
2nd Jan '16 5:04:10 AM Morgenthaler
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They split in the late 80s, with FaceOfTheBand [=McCluskey=] retaining the name and releasing three more albums, which were actually reasonably successful, while the rest of the former members formed issued one, not so successful, album as The Listening Pool. After a bit of a hiatus, during which [=McCluskey=] masterminded the early hits of AtomicKitten, among other things, the classic lineup reformed and has toured and recorded new material to some acclaim.

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They split in the late 80s, with FaceOfTheBand [=McCluskey=] retaining the name and releasing three more albums, which were actually reasonably successful, while the rest of the former members formed issued one, not so successful, album as The Listening Pool. After a bit of a hiatus, during which [=McCluskey=] masterminded the early hits of AtomicKitten, Music/AtomicKitten, among other things, the classic lineup reformed and has toured and recorded new material to some acclaim.
22nd Mar '15 11:25:05 AM tenryufan
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* SimilarlyNamedWorks: ''Architecture And Morality'' famously has "Joan Of Arc" and "Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)". Both were released as singles, the latter being retitled "Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc)". Also "Apollo" from ''Junk Culture'' and "Apollo XI" from ''Sugar Tax'' are completely different songs.
18th Feb '15 4:27:50 PM Quag15
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Their real fondness was for bands like {{Music/Kraftwerk}} and Neu!. Their first three albums were filled with very intellectual stuff but had one or two hit singles each, keeping the record company happy (''very'' happy with ''Architecture and Morality'', which was an international hit album and spawned three hit singles, two [[ShoutOut about]] JoanOfArc). Their fourth just had the weird stuff with no hits. The record company had a little word with them, and subsequent albums were entirely written to the hit formula.

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Their real fondness was for bands like {{Music/Kraftwerk}} and Neu!.Music/{{Neu}}. Their first three albums were filled with very intellectual stuff but had one or two hit singles each, keeping the record company happy (''very'' happy with ''Architecture and Morality'', which was an international hit album and spawned three hit singles, two [[ShoutOut about]] JoanOfArc). Their fourth just had the weird stuff with no hits. The record company had a little word with them, and subsequent albums were entirely written to the hit formula.
1st Nov '14 6:40:08 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark were a Synthpop group formed in the Wirral, UK, in the mid-70's by Andy [=McCluskey=] and Paul Humphreys.

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Orchestral '''Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark in the Dark''' were a Synthpop {{Synthpop}} group formed in the Wirral, UK, in the mid-70's by Andy [=McCluskey=] and Paul Humphreys.



* ''Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark'' (1980)

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* ''Orchestral Manoeuvres In The in the Dark'' (1980)
25th Aug '14 12:44:08 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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* LastNoteNightmare: "Georgia", which ends with a loud "bang".
12th Aug '14 4:03:27 AM Willbyr
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* CoverVersion: VelvetUnderground's "Waiting For The Man"

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* CoverVersion: VelvetUnderground's Music/VelvetUnderground's "Waiting For The Man"
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