Another of my very favorite bands that has thankfully come back to release some great music lately. OMD has a great body of work and like many bands, they had their ups and downs which also included a lot of shuffling around of band members but if you were ever a fan of synthesizer driven music with catchy tunes then there's a good chance this group caught your ear. I've always felt this was one of the most underrated bands and not just one of the great synth bands to come out but one of the best bands period.....to paraphrase another music magazine writer who said exactly what I had felt for quite some time. OMD has a great body of work even though at times getting to like some of their albums took a little work and perhaps a very open mind. Like many others, I've found something to like about each album although admittedly some of them had to grow on me but I think the investment in time was well worth it. Formed in Scotland by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphries in the late 70's, OMD caught the wave of Kraftwerk influenced musicians as a kind of protest against the guitar driven music that dominated the airwaves. The members had crossed paths while members of other groups but were able to gel together and find local success fairly quickly with the release of the single "Electricity" and a following tour in support of Gary Numan. Their debut album was received fairly warmly and got the band on its way to very solid success with the help of songs such as "Enola Gay" and the classic album "Architecture and Morality". The band achieved arena level success in the mid-80's and appeared on the "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack with "If You Leave" which helped maintain a huge level of popularity. The band then started to falter a bit and McCluskey found himself carrying the OMD banner through the 90's and although he released some solid albums and memorable songs, he hung the banner up in 1996. The band recently reformed and released "History of a Modern" and "English Electric" which were both well received. Theirs in another of my favorite collections that I turn to regularly and I hope this thread will help illuminate how important this band's contributions really were, I really put them up there with the heavy hitters of their generation and they are looked upon as a driving force that helped influence a lot of 80's bands. Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark Produced by OMD and Chester Valentino OMD's debut is a great album and one of the best of the decade. This was one of those along with Big Country's "The Crossing" that really made you wonder how a new group could pull something like this off. Recorded with the help of their tape player named "Winston", this album is full of great melodies and very impressive arrangements. "Electricity" is just a great song and is supported by several strong album cuts...definitely a sign of great things to come and they didn't disappoint. Thankfully it was well received at the time and is looked back upon very fondly by fans and critics alike. Side one No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Enola Gay" McCluskey 3:31 2. "2nd Thought" McCluskey 4:12 3. "Bunker Soldiers" 2:51 4. "Almost" 3:46 5. "Electricity" 3:32 6. "Statues" 4:08 Side two No. Title Writer(s) Length 7. "The Misunderstanding" 4:45 8. "Julia's Song" McCluskey, Humphreys, Julia Kneale 4:32 9. "Motion And Heart" 3:13 10. "Messages" 3:59 11. "Stanlow"