Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – or OMD as they’re otherwise known – were hailed by music legend Tony Wilson as “the future of pop music”.
At a time when British music had – with the exception of Bowie of course – become stodgy and listless, OMD emerged as part of the New Wave movement and helped change the face of mainstream British music.
Always sounding more Kraftwerk than New Order, they wrote albums that spawned some huge hits, and on the way sold over 40 million records. And for good reason – they were and are melodic, interesting and unique.
Their production techniques and style meant that they did indeed shape the future of pop music.
One of those groups I’d always wanted to see but never got round to, the chance offered by an old friend to visit Symphony Hall in Brum and see OMD live was one I was more than happy to avoid the fireworks for.
They opened with a rarity and then thrilled the audience throughout with a set list that mixed old, classic, rare and new to great effect.
Personal stand outs were, of course, Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans) which is an all-time classic, while Sailing on the Seven Seas was a surprise highlight.
If You Leave from the iconic movie Pretty in Pink went down a treat as an encore, and when Andy McCluskey stepped aside to let co-founder Paul Humphreys sing on (Forever) Live and Die there was more magic.
The set closed with yet another stunning classic Enola Gay, and the crowd lapped it up.
A great night at a fine venue and a setlist packed with endless hits and tunes.
Long may OMD continue offering journeys through their impeccable back catalogue and making new music.