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Crush: The Movie (VHS/Japanese Laserdisc Release)

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Crush: The Movie (VHS/Japanese Laserdisc Release)
(1985)

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Essentially a (mockingly-titled, according to the official OMD biography) documentary about the conception and recording of OMD's sixth album 'Crush', this hour long feature film gives us- amongst other things- interviews with various members of the band, clips of the group recording in the studio itself, and music videos for songs taken from the album.
At best, it is charming (moments like Andy and Paul's recital of Not The Nine O'Clock News's 'Super Trouper' parody), amusing (particularly Mal Holmes' sharp one-liners) , informative (most notably the discussions about the recording of the album) and provides the viewer with some great performances by the band ('Women III' and 'The Native Daughters of the Golden West' in particular).
However, the film also serves as a reminder of just how much OMD have changed as a group over the years- and whether it is for better or worse is debatable. Whilst they were once known for writing what can only be described as nothing less than synth pop classics ('Enola Gay', 'Electricity' and 'Messages' to name a few), 'Crush: The Movie' reveals to us in just how much the group had bowed to the commercialism of the American market in the mid-80s.

OMD Live - Electric Dreams - Vintage TV 2016

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OMD Live - Electric Dreams - Vintage TV 2016
Butlins Bognor Regis 3rd December 2016 and as part of the Vintage TV Electric Dream weekend OMD did a one hour live set. As far as I can see only the Enola Gay encore is missing from this clip.


The set list was;
Enola Gay
Messages
History of Modern Part (I)
Forever Live and Die
Souvenir
Joan of Arc
Maid of Orleans
Talking Loud and Clear
So In Love
Pandoras Box
Sailing on the Seven Seas
Locomotion
Electricity

THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY

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The Punishment of Luxury

Due to release 1st September

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Isotype
One More Time
Precision & Decay
As We Open, So We Close
What Have We Done
Robot Man
Art Eats Art
Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
La Mitrailleuse
Ghost Star
The View From Here

OMD - La Mitrailleuse

OMD - Isotype

 

 

BBC Music Day 2017

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark live in Liverpool
Paul and Andy from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark join Mark and Stuart in Liverpool for BBC Music Day. They speak about how the city shaped their musical origins before playing a special live session of new and classic tracks.

Tracklisting:

- Enola Gay
- Isotype
- Electricity

Release date: 15 June 2017

The full set

And Isotype played live for the very first time.

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Isotype

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Isotype

PREMIERED/DIGITALLY RELEASED: 29th May 2017
12" RELEASE: 28th July 2017

First single from 'The Punishment of Luxury'
B-Side: Non-album track 'Skin'

As the first single to be released from OMD's much-anticipated new album 'The Punishment of Luxury', 'Isotype' seems to have already caused much debate amongst fans of the band.

On the one hand, its punchy intro, complex layers of electronic sounds and strong melody make the song an almost-instant ear worm, and one of those songs that it is almost impossible to listen to less than twice in a row. On the other hand, however, the track's science-orientated title (harking back to the arguably-dark days of 1983 album 'Dazzle Ships'), lack of chorus and throwaway lyrics may be off-putting for those who were perhaps expecting more from the group's first single for four years.

But there is one thing for sure- 'Isotype' is instantly recognisable as an Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark track.

No, on first listen, it may not strike the listener as an appropriate choice for a single. We must presume, then, that it is to serve as more of a taster of the themes of the new album; hits, are, unfortunately, no longer something that OMD generally have (particularly in the UK and the US), and this is not because of the quality of their songs- which remains as high as ever- but because with the almost complete domination of MP3 as the public's preferred format of purchasing music, the charts nowadays are virtually meaningless.

What I am trying to highlight here is that the non-commercialism of 'Isotype' (and the debate it has caused) is perhaps more important than we might realise. It is a track that doesn't do what you expect, doesn't go where your ear or your brain might want it to. It proves that the band are more than capable of recapturing that freshness and unpredictability that captured people's interest back when they first started out- despite McCluskey and Humphrey's claims in 2013 that the 'English Electric' album would be their last, partially due to the fact they felt they were running out of ideas. Whilst lesser bands may have bowed to the wishes of today's brittle and broken excuse for a music industry, 'Isotype" is more than enough evidence to prove that OMD will never surrender to the pressures of formulae and unoriginality.

 

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