OMD - Classic or Dud? S&D?

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I have only heard 'Julia's Song,' which I like. My sister says they're awfully mediocre. Confirm? Deny?

grammaphone (grammaphone), Monday, 12 May 2003 19:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tom Ewing to thread!

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 12 May 2003 20:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I love OMD up to some indiscernible point when they stopped being any good. They had lots of classic tunes - Electricity, Genetic Engineering, the good one about Joan Of Arc, Souvenir, Enola Gay, Tesla Girls etc.

I suspect they might be a singles band, but their Dazzle Ships album is meant to be very good.

nyeh, I own nothing by them! this is terrible.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 12 May 2003 20:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

OMD: S&D

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Monday, 12 May 2003 20:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ooo thanks

grammaphone (grammaphone), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 02:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have been re-discovering them a bit since a/ buying the remasters of their 1st 2 albums fopp rekkids' sale and b/ listening to this 20year old (!!!!!) boot of them from their "Dazzle Ships" tour, which I saw, and which was great. I think they're wonderful. I pulled out my old music books -"omd '77-'80" and "architecture & morality" (signed by mccluskey/humphreys/holmes & cooper after gig referred to above!), and have sussed out (v quickly) how to play "electricity" and "enola gay".
I had this terrible idea, which is to start an OMD tribute band (or duo really) I dunno what to do! Does anyone live in ne england who can sing like andy mccluskey? God...

Pashmina (Pashmina), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 10:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Surely the most important thing is whether you can do the dance ?!!

Student Teacher, Wednesday, 14 May 2003 14:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Someone put "Crush" on a cd for me recently, the post-Dazzle Ships pre-Sugar Tax albums are a closed book to me but it was very pleasing. Please tell me things about the parent album, or perhaps the horribleness of the Pacific Age sleeve.

Alex in Sheffield (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 07:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Please tell me things about the parent album

what, junk culture? it is fucking honking - literally. OMD go to montserrat, hire a horn section and program some horrible steel-drum noises on a fairlight. there's one paul humphrys-penned nod to "souvenir" in the form of the lost single "never turn away", but beyond that it's wank.

crush isn't great, IMHO, but the pacific age is, as i rediscovered on one of the other OMD threads. (this one, in fact, which seems to have become the official ILM OMD thread. actually ... an idea strikes me, and i'm off to the mod board.)

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

am i the only one that loves liberator and universal
"the boy from the chemist is here to see you " is brilliant.
i play the greatest more than anything.

teil nennant, Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Very timely revive. I was looking through the OMD threads just yesterday. I'm listening to "Second Thought (Reconsidered)" right now, actually.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i have "liberator" on tape and STR hating it. but i haven't listened to it in something like seven years. i have one of the singles from "universal" (maybe "walking on the milky way"?) and loathe it, but it has a transcendent live version of "maid of orleans" on the flip which make me forgive them anything.

x-post: woah, hang on, what's "second thought (reconsidered)"? is this different from the song "second thought"? be telling!

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

re: Liberator

I actually like this record - or at least some of the things on it - very much.

"Best Years Of Our Lives" has one of Andy's best later vocal performances that I can think of.

There's something about the melody and bassline of "Stand Above Me" that gets stuck in my head and is infinitely hummable

Even now when I listen to Love Unlimited's version of "Love's Theme" I find myself singing the vocals from "Dream Of Me" over it - they work really well (shame about the lawsuit and all)

and then the sorta ecstacy-fuelled fun of things like "Agnus Dei" and "Christine" are great, if even a little more lightweight and forgettable than a great pop song should be

overall not their best album - but some good songs and a fun listen. also have great memories of driving around in my first boyfriend's fancy sedan listening to this cd on the expensive car hi-fi system (whole new world for this lower-middle class kid) that sorta makes this stick out in my brain even more than it should. i bought him a copy because he liked mine so much and i think it stayed in his car the entire time until he bought another one

rentboy (rentboy), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

There's something about the melody and bassline of "Stand Above Me" that gets stuck in my head and is infinitely hummable

despite the fact i've not heard this song since 1997, it's now stuck in my head. OK, OK ... i'll listen again. soon.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 13:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

despite the fact i've not heard this song since 1997, it's now stuck in my head

haha! yes.

Alex in Sheffield (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 13:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

:)

rentboy (rentboy), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 13:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yes, grimly, it's an alternate version that just brushes the five-minute mark. I'm not sure where it's from.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 13:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's an extended remix by Mike Pitt, apaprently.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 14:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ian, thank you! that's enormously appreciated, and i shall try to reciprocate in some way. that said: i think everything, even the organisation 7", is pretty easily available now, isn't it?

i can sort you out with mkI human league stuff if you're interested, though. e-mail me (use the webmail link).

only snag is i'm at work at the moment so can't download easily (i think i got chinned by IT last time i tried) ... i'll do it the second i get home, assuming other OMD fans haven't used up the 20 downloads or whatever first ;)

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 14:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

haha grimly i'm in the same boat

rentboy (rentboy), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 14:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's okay, I'm actually trying to recover the first four LPs on mp3 since I accidentally deleted them a few months back and I've only managed a scattershot collection of songs from each. I do plan to buy the reissues tangibly once I have money but I'm still fairly broke and am trying not to spend so much. I've also come across extended versions and dance mixes of "Telegraph", "Tesla Girls", and "Genetic Engineering".

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm actually trying to recover the first four LPs on mp3

hmmm. i can sort-of help you here, but in a really weedy and half-assed way :)

- my copy of OMD is on vinyl and un-MP3d: sorry
- i couldn't be arsed MP3ing "organisation" from vinyl so i bought it off iTMS, which - i think? - means the files won't work if i send you them. i can, however, burn you a CD of it. but is it worth the postage?
- i have MP3s of "architecture and morality" and "dazzle ships" but they're made from the vinyl. now, while i have grown to love all the pops and crackles over the years, you might think, fuck that, i'd rather have a CD rip (or, in the case of A&M, the remaster).

anyway. like i say: e-mail if you so desire.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i have the gloriously titled "312mm" version of "genetic engineering" on vinyl, although i honestly can't remember if it's an extended mix. there are, IIRC, two extended "telegraphs" ... and if you actually have the vinyl 12" you're looking at a semi-rarity.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ahh, it's perfectly okay. I suppose I can wait a few months, don't worry about going through the trouble!

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Fuck, I wonder if my mother had any early OMD singles on vinyl...

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

man that makes me feel old

rentboy (rentboy), Wednesday, 10 August 2005 15:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Apparently that remix I uploaded is unofficial. It's nice, though -- not much different but it doesn't destroy the arrangement and makes it last a little longer.

Ian Riese-Moraine: a casualty of social estrangement. (Eastern Mantra), Thursday, 11 August 2005 18:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Qoute from Andy McLusky just now on ITV's "After They Were Famous":

"I'd much rather be known as they guy who invented Atomic Kitten and wrote their number one, than the bloke who used to be in OMD"

WTF???

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 19:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Heh. Hey, if it keeps him happy.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 20:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

now, if he'd said, "I'd much rather be the guy who invented Atomic Kitten and wrote their number one, than just the bloke who used to be in OMD", i could understand it, just - i bet AK made him more sponds than OMD.

But he didn't.

He said he'd rather BE KNOWN AS THE MAN WHO INVENTED ATOMIC KITTEN.

Who else would like to be able to say that?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 20:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

anyone who wants to make the serious cash.

only a few nutters hanging about a dying bulletin board care about OMD.

(nb i obv number myself in the latter)

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 22:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Has Atomic Kitten covered "Forever Live And Die" yet?

Dan (They Should) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 22:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

they are covering Tesla Girls as their comeback single. First new number 1 of 2006

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 22:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

am i the only one that loves liberator and universal

Possibly. I sometimes forget that I own Universal because it's so bland. "New Head" is the only song on it I have time for, and that song barely sounds like OMD. There's a stretch of like five songs in the middle that are all awful.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 14:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
only a few nutters hanging about a dying bulletin board care about OMD.

er, au contraire. we're so behind the times we don't even seem to have noticed that the classic line-up is re-forming.

this was posted on the official site on, er, january 1.


As previously reported, 2006 could well be the OMD Renaissance year with the reformation of the band now officially announced. To recap, Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Mal Holmes and Martin Cooper will be returning as OMD with concerts and a new album on the way. Joining them for live shows will be Stuart Kershaw. Here's what's on the schedule:

* OMD perform Architecture & Morality live
* A brand new OMD album
* Extensive European tour
* Remastered Dazzle Ships album
* OMD DVD
* Unreleased material album

i'm not entirely sure about the band re-forming and the new album. this could all suck a mammoth amount of dick; although given that i think they started sullying the fine name of OMD the second "junk culture" was released, it's not as if i'm that bothered. that said, i like the idea of them performing A&M in its entirety ... and of course i'll be going to see them live, no matter what ;)

but woah, remastered "dazzle ships" at last. and a DVD. and unreleased stuff. get in.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Sunday, 12 March 2006 13:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Nice! Yeah, I missed all this news too.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 March 2006 13:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

McClusky needs something to do now that Atomic Kitten have broken up.

So were they any good live?

Mitya (mitya), Sunday, 12 March 2006 15:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

McClusky needs something to do now that Atomic Kitten have broken up.

And that the band named after him took a similar powder.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 March 2006 15:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So were they any good live?

i saw the mclusky-and-hired-hands OMD on tour in 1991 - or whenever "sugar tax" came out - and they were, against all odds, quite wonderful. clips i've seen of the "proper" band suggest the same.

but i'm very wary of reformations. very wary.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Sunday, 12 March 2006 17:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

curses, mccluskey. not mclusky. although OMD bolstered by the former members of mclusky would ROCK ;)

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Sunday, 12 March 2006 17:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I saw OMD live in '84, '86, '91 and '93. The original 80s line up gigs were completely wonderful - and I recently reread my diary review of the '84 gig so can definitely verify that - and the '91 gig was good too (I could have met my wife that night as she was there too) but '93 was a bit tired really - bad venue, bad support act, bad sound and a bad album to promote.

I would adore seeing them perform "A&M" from end to end. I had the live 81 video and wore it out because it was so good, and such primitive electronics too. Now, if they were to use all the original instruments too...

Rob M (Rob M), Monday, 13 March 2006 10:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

DING DING DING

The news was broken on Aja/Dante way back in January when McClusky announced all this. ILM IS THREE MONTHS BEHIND AJA/DANTE!!!

I haven't heard about a remastered version of Dazzle Ships. That excites me in several ways.

ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!! (ESTEBAN BUTTEZ~!!!), Monday, 13 March 2006 11:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The remastered "Dazzle Ships" has been on the cards for about two years, with five extra tracks - the 12 inch versions of the two singles and their respective b-sides, plus "The avenue" from the "Locomotion" 12 inch (for some reason). Still no nearer getting issued though.

Rob M (Rob M), Monday, 13 March 2006 11:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

and May last year on NYLPM "with the news that OMD are due to reunite, at the very least for a performance on German telly this month."

http://www.freakytrigger.co.uk/nylpm/2005_05_01_nylpm_archive.html#111576540197656225

kind of

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Monday, 13 March 2006 14:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Cool. Grimly -- I hope I will be standing beside you watching some of this stuff happen soon. Actually, it would be good to see you soon, even.

alext (alext), Monday, 13 March 2006 14:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seriously tho, this IS great news.

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Monday, 13 March 2006 14:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hurrah, ILM OMD posse drags its old-man arses into action. hello rob. hello alex [1]. hello alan. hello esteban ...

ILM IS THREE MONTHS BEHIND AJA/DANTE!!!

... fuck. rats' cocks.

[1] did you get my triptych e-mail? if not, let me know and i'll re-send.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Monday, 13 March 2006 15:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is a mini version of those watercooler thread, amirite?

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Monday, 13 March 2006 15:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh my.

Anyway, this is all good news, no matter the timeliness.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 13 March 2006 15:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is a mini version of those watercooler thread, amirite?

[comment deleted on legal advice]

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Monday, 13 March 2006 15:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
RIGHT: according to the not-always-reliable official website, the dazzle ships reissue will be with us in the autumn. i quote:

The album, which featured the singles Genetic Engineering and Telegraph, will be digitally remastered and will feature bonus tracks, including the full-length version of 66 & Fading. The reissue will also feature some previously unreleased material in the shape of Swiss Radio International - a track that was dropped from the original release - and also a version of Telegraph recorded at The Manor during the Architecture & Morality sessions in 1981.

Meanwhile, OMD will be back in the studio on August 7th for 1 week of rehearsals for the 2007 tour.

Andy McCluskey is also to be interviewed for a forthcoming issue of magazine The Word.

this is insanely good news. i cannot wait.

sadly, the A&M gigs planned for the autumn have been put back to next year too. oh well. gives me more time to anticipate. and maybe see OMD twice in one year. the joy!

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 13 July 2006 08:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

how do i shot HTML?

that's better.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 13 July 2006 08:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
THEY WILL BE PLAYING "ROMANCE OF THE TELESCOPE LIVE". i will be able to die happily having seen that.

the DVD re-release of A&M sounds good too. but i still want me that remastered "dazzle ships", yo.

here endeth the newsflash.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

OMD are obviously classic, apart from the awful "Dazzle Ships" album, which contained one good single ("Telegraph") and then nothing much more worth listening to.

"Organisation" and "Architecture And Morality" were ace though, and the more straight pop oriented stuff they did later in the 80s is better than its reputation.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

but i still want me that remastered "dazzle ships", yo.

That's for damn sure.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

apart from the awful "Dazzle Ships" album

now, geir. we've done this. at length. you're wrong and i'm right, remember?

and the more straight pop oriented stuff they did later in the 80s is better than its reputation

yes, absolutely. in fact, at some point i might even go back and re-investigate "junk culture".

then again ...

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, it's actually a good album.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

the way i remember it, there was a lot of really cringe-inducing steel-drum nonsense, that bloody awful "all wrapped up" song, fucking "locomotion", the admittedly quite ace "tesla girls" and the GREAT LOST OMD SINGLE that was "never turn away", which stuck out like, umm, a healthy thumb on an otherwise sore and bandaged hand.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 24 August 2006 21:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Tesla Girls" was great. Although not as great as "Dreaming", the underrated and largely ignored masterpiece single from 1988.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 24 August 2006 22:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Has this already been covered?

"Work on the forthcoming OMD album The History Of Modern continues and a provisional release date is under consideration.

Paul Humphreys has been working on the new OMD album recently and mixing work is also on the schedule. Meanwhile, Andy McCluskey is meeting with Peter Saville this week to discuss sleeve design concepts. The band are also receiving a lot of requests for licensing offers from around the world and it looks likely that a lot of deals are going to be made over the next few months.

The record label that will be issuing the album is 100% Records, who have previously worked with Moby, Placebo and The Temper Trap.

The provisional release date for The History Of Modern is scheduled for late August/early September."

keythhtyek, Sunday, 4 April 2010 18:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Heard a track on some podcast recently and it sounded a little like Souvenir. Looking forward to this.

You Weaked It! (MaresNest), Sunday, 4 April 2010 19:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Souvenir = my favorite OMD track, no contest. Cautiously optimistic...

Olivier Messiaen Control (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 4 April 2010 21:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Peter Saville thing is interesting, because it sounds like they might do something that sounds like their earlier stuff again. Also, good to hear Humphreys being back again, he didn't participate on those mostly below par 90s albums McCluskey made all alone.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Sunday, 4 April 2010 21:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

New album forthcoming, new interview in the Quietus, GREAT quote from McCluskey that Tom Ewing flagged on Tumblr:

We looked at how we had constructed some of our more unusual songs, and a lot of them were made from concrete music, found sounds, and we looked at what we had explored in the past and we were trying not to repeat ourselves, and, well, we’ve done trains; we’ve done machinery. And then I actually said to myself “I realise now that everything that we’ve sampled from the real world – trains, machines, computers, guns, typewriters – they were actually accidental”. The audio that we had sampled was a waste product from the specific design function of whatever it was that we had recorded. Let me clarify that: a typewriter is designed to type things onto a page, not make a clicking noise when you hit the key. A steam engine is not designed to go ‘chuff chuff’. That’s an audio waste product of the inefficiency of its engine. And as the world has modernised, the accidental audio by-products, waste products, of the things that have become concrete music are going to be less and less because the designers have designed out the waste so that the machinery of the modern world has actually become more silent.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Read this earlier on this morning... having heard two (and a half!) snippets from the album now, I'm getting very very excited for this one!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:41 (four years ago) Permalink

This is closer to the "Dazzle Ships" end of town, right?

Mark G, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:38 (four years ago) Permalink

I think we should start another OMD S&D thread.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

BLimey, it's all happening in music-world, innit?

mbv,
OMD,
ILX do Bowie...

Mark G, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

This is closer to the "Dazzle Ships" end of town, right?

― Mark G, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 4:38 PM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The two and a half tracks they've previewed so far would suggest so, yeah.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:43 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

New album soon! First track from same:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PO_RkGju6M

Meantime they're playing LA and SF at the end of July -- and nowhere else (at least, so far). But that's lucky for me! Already got my ticket for SF. This'll be the first time I've ever seen them, so I'm quite glad.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 May 2017 20:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Predictably, I really love this... sounds like they're moving even further in the direction they went with English Electric, which of course I wholeheartedly welcome.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 15 May 2017 22:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Heard a clip from another track on BBC radio, it sounded pretty good to me!

MaresNest, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:31 (one month ago) Permalink

So Malcolm Holmes ultimately retired?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Word has it is he is still making contributions to the new record, but Stuart Kershaw has taken over the drum stool for live performances.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 19:03 (one month ago) Permalink

looking forward to this, I've never seen them and I really like the last two records

akm, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 02:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Not really feeling this as much as "Metroland". All of this modern OMD stuff feels a bit cynical to me even if I still enjoy some of it. "You guys like 'Dazzle Ships'? HERE YOU GO!"

yesca, Monday, 29 May 2017 16:30 (four weeks ago) Permalink

maybe but I'm perfectly happy a band is aping itself at it's best work.

akm, Monday, 29 May 2017 16:41 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah this song is pretty fantastic, if Wire can revisit earlier albums why shouldn't OMD? If the results are this good.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 29 May 2017 18:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I don't think this track sounds anything like Dazzle Ships, to me it sounds very much a continuation of the last couple of LP's rather than OMD circa 1983. I think the recent stuff (History of Modern onwards) has a sonic quality which distinguishes it from the earlier albums. Sure, there's a Kraftwerk influence there but that shouldn't be very surprising.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 29 May 2017 23:33 (four weeks ago) Permalink

As for the track - I like it, but it sounds to me like it'll work best in the context of the album.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 29 May 2017 23:36 (four weeks ago) Permalink

The themes, instrumentation, emphasis on isolated samples and vocoders - this is all the pure spirit of Dazzle Ships even if the production is updated for 2017. At best the last couple of albums are a genuine return to the spirit of early 80's OMD vs. say, "If You Leave".

yesca, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 03:24 (four weeks ago) Permalink

The first half of that track is really just straight-up Kraftwerk, circa Autobahn/Radioactivity. If you stripped down the production a bit, it could practically pass for an outtake from one of those albums.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:20 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I don't hear any detuned guitars, toy pianos, shortwave radios or acoustic instruments treated in unusual ways on this. Dazzle Ships is a record that couldn't possibly be made again. Thematically, it just strikes me as being business-as-usual OMD. 'If You Leave' was never one of their defining tracks.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 08:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Isotope is great, sounds like OMD. The military one ... that sounded like something from Dazzle Ships.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:30 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Military themes have been part of OMD's music since 'Bunker Soldiers', the first track off the first LP.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 20:18 (four weeks ago) Permalink


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