Category Archives: OMD

OMD “The Punishment Of Luxury”

Messrs. McCluskey and Humphreys release their thirteenth studio album, “The Punishment Of Luxury”, on 1 September 2017. Seven product formats are available to pre-order through PledgeMusic.

A UK and EU tour will commence later this year in October; tickets go on sale this Friday 19 May.

A video for instrumental track “La Mitrailleuse” is available to view on Facebook.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark



01 Dreaming (Extended Mix)
02 Satellite
03 Gravity Never Failed
04 Dreaming (Seven Inch Version)

INFO > A couple of months back, we posted the US promo CD of OMD’s “Dreaming.” Here’s the UK single, featuring Tom Lord-Alge’s Extended Mix and edit, along with B-sides “Satellite” and “Gravity Never Failed”; the latter was recorded in 1981 during the “Architecture & Morality” studio sessions.

Pandora’s Box (US Promo)

OMD put on an outstanding show last night at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Their setlist comprised a well-balanced sample of tunes spanning the group’s career. The on-stage energy transferred to the audience, which Andy described as “the bounciest” that he had seen on the current tour, and also noted that it had grown in size from the band’s 2011 visit. It was great to see Andy engage with folks at the front of the stage, and again witness his bizarre dance moves. It’s been 35 years since they started, and OMD are better than ever.


01 Pandora’s Box (Andy McCluskey 7″ Mix)
02 Pandora’s Box (Carl Segal 7″ Mix)
03 Pandora’s Box (Steve Anderson 12″ Mix)
04 Pandora’s Box (Steve Anderson 7″ Edit)

INFO > It’s title inspired by a 1929 silent film (star Louise Brooks is featured on the cover), “Pandora’s Box” was the second of four singles released from OMD’s eighth album, 1991’s “Sugar Tax.” The US promo CD includes a couple of hard-to-find versions: Carl Segal’s edit and Steve Anderson’s ‘Abstract Mix.’

Dreaming (US Promo)


01 Dreaming (7″ Remix) 04:15
02 Dreaming (Extended Club Mix) 08:23
03 Dreaming (Dub Mix) 04:58

INFO > 1988’s “Dreaming” was the last OMD single issued prior to the departure of Paul Humphreys, who would later reunite with his former bandmembers in 2006. One of the group’s finest tunes, “Dreaming” was released in conjunction with compilation album, “The Best Of OMD.” The US promo CD features three digitally exclusive mixes by Bruce Forest (tracks are re-ordered here).

LIVE > The North American leg of OMD’s “English Electric” tour continues tonight in Philadelphia. In 2011, the band put on a great show here in support of “History Of Modern”, so I’m looking forward to another spirited performance. And I like the James Bond inspired video for the band’s latest single, “Dresden”:

OMD – Stand Above Me

OMD gave an excellent performance last night at The Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Both Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys sounded great, while Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes provided solid and seasoned instrumental support. McCluskey has ten years on me, but was dancing around like a man half his age (and some of his moves were eerily reminiscent of Ian Curtis). The 90-minute set of greatest hits old and new was well-received by the enthusiastic crowd, and the band gave an encouraging promise that they would return.

“Stand Above Me”
1993 Virgin Records Ltd (EU)
VSCDT 1444

01. Stand Above Me
02. Stand Above Me (Transcendental Constant Viper Trip Mix)
03. Stand Above Me (Hypnofunk Mix)
04. Can I Believe You
05. Stand Above Me (A 10 Minute Therapy Session Into Hyperlife)*

*Bonus track

INFO > “Stand Above Me” is one of the better releases from OMD’s Andy McCluskey solo period. The single was initially promoted under the band alias Liberator as a marketing ploy to secure spins by American club DJs who might have otherwise ignored it; even the 12″ promo was pressed with a generic white label by Virgin subsidiary Union City Recordings so as to provide import credibility. Respective remixes by Phil Kelsey and Phil Coxon retain little of the original tune and are sufficiently dancefloor friendly. And as the group has always given proper effort to their B-sides, “Can I Believe You” is definitely worth a listen.