OMD - Enola Gay - 4mn06 - 35 034 Ko
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) is a British group in the new wave, synthpop, Experimental, post-punk genres, coming from from the Wirral Peninsula, near Liverpool (UK). It was founded in 1978 by Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), who met at primary school in Meols (WP) in the early 1960s and stay friends later as teenagers. By the mid-1970s McCluskey had formed Equinox, as bassist and vocalist, alongside schoolmate Malcolm Holmes on drums, while Humphreys was their roadie. McCluskey would usually sing and play bass guitar, whilst electronics enthusiast Humphreys initially began as a roadie, graduating to keyboards. The pair shared a love of electronic music (particularly Brian Eno and Kraftwerk). They played their first gig in 1978 at Eric's (Liverpool), then had a run of UK chart hits after swapping labels from Factory to the Virgin owned label DinDisc starting with the 1980 release Messages.
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