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Formed around the Wirral Peninsular by Paul Humphreys and Any McCluskey in 1978 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – or simply OMD - are an electronic synthpop group par excellence. Despite their avowed intention to project no one definable image – viewing their music as their calling card – they nevertheless became a major pop act with a sequence of well-designed live shows. Adding key members Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes their localised Liverpudlian fan base grew exponentially with each passing phase and their hugely successful Architecture & Morality album, the very definition of intelligent pop music, and their experimental Dazzle Ships showcased their ability to challenge listeners while keeping them entertained. Indeed, until the emergence of so called Britpop and baggy acid house OMD were not just one of the better electronic acts in Britain they were simply one of our best bands period releasing a dozen fine albums, more hit singles and parlaying their career into other avenues of production, song writing and management that suggested they were always likely to be in it for the long haul rather than for instant gratification.
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