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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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    (1978- )
    Formed in Liverpool, England
    Originally as VCLXI (taken from Kraftwerk's 'Radioactivity' album)
    Commonly referred to as OMD
    Andy McCluskey (June 24, 1959- ) vocals, bass, synthesizers
    Paul Humphreys (February 27, 1960- ) synthesizers
    Recorded 'Electricity,' 'Messages,' 'Enola Gay,' 'Souvenir,' 'Joan of Arc,' 'Maid of Orleans,' 'Telegraph,' 'Tesla Girls,' 'Locomotion,' 'Talking Loud and Clear,' 'So in Love,' 'Secret,' 'If You Leave,' 'Forever Live and Die,' 'Dreaming,' 'Genetic Engineering,' 'We Love You,' 'La Femme Accident,' 'Sailing on the Seven Seas,' 'Pandora's Box,' 'Stand Above Me' and 'Walking on the Milky Way'
    Humphreys began as McCluskey's roadie.
    Some of the band monikers they used while in school were Pegasus, Equinox, Hitlerz Underpantz and The Id.
    The name Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark came from a song they never recorded but decided to rename themselves after.
    They have gone through several different band members with McCluskey and Humphreys the only constants.
    In 1989, Humphreys quit to form a new band, The Listening Pool (which disbanded in 1996). McCluskey retained use of the OMD name.
    They have 11 Top 40 albums and 17 Top 40 singles in the U.K., including 6 Top 10 singles.
    Director John Hughes hired them to write and record 'If You Leave' specifically for his 'Pretty In Pink (1986)' movie.
    They originally recorded 'Goddess Of Love,' but Hughes changed the plot of the film and they found it necessary to write a new song.
    'If You Leave' became their biggest U.S. hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard charts.
    McCluskey founded girl pop group Atomic Kitten and co-wrote some songs for them, including the #1 single 'Whole Again (2001).'
    The ingrate band showed their appreciation in 2002 by suing to end their songwriting/production agreement with him.
    Humphreys rejoined McCluskey in 2005 to record new material together and tour again.

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