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OMD - 40 YEARS: GREATEST HITS

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Andy McCluskey is pushed to pick his highlights from the 40 years of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD): there have been so many. There’s the time he first held their debut single, Electricity, on Factory Records. There was the first of their staggering 29 Top Of The Pops appearances, when the Wirral electronic giants-to-be were initially so surprised to find themselves on the telly alongside Elton John and Bonnie Langford he mouthed “What are we doing here?!” at synth-playing OMD partner Paul Humphreys. Then there was signing his ever autograph at Liverpool Eric’s; being paid by the venue for the first time (with half a crate of beer), or standing on stage at the Rewind festival in 2018 with “35,000 people going wild”.

Meanwhile, Paul whittles his highpoints down to two most significant achievements: meeting Tony Wilson, who told them he wanted to put out a record, and “every gig now, because it’s such a thrill that we’re still doing it”. However, the pair would be more than entitled to add this month’s triumphant gigs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which led the Times to declare: 

This was a band rejecting every rock ‘n’ roll cliché going.

In between are four decades – give or take a decade break – in which Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, which have established them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups. Their 13 long players include soon-to-be-reissued benchmark-raising classics Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980), Organisation (1980), Architecture & Morality (1981) and Dazzle Ships (1983). Three more since their reactivation 12 years ago have culminated in 2017’s The Punishment Of Luxury, which was hailed by fans and critics alike as a return to the shimmering brilliance of classic early singles such as nuclear lament Enola Gay and the plangent Souvenir.

OMD always had a sense of semi-classical grandeur, and the nuances of their music demonstrate how, for all their hits, they have simultaneously remained uncompromising and innovative over successive decades. Once upon a time, Factory boss Wilson told the two teenage Kraftwerk fans, “You are the future of pop music”, and indeed sounds and production techniques which OMD were using way back in 1980 have become part of the fabric of how today’s pop is made.

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Symphony Hall

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£48, £43, £38* (inc. per ticket commission)

Free (limited) ticket for Disabled Visitor’s Carers and Wheelchair User’s Helpers, as per Access Scheme

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Running Times

Doors – 19:00
Support – 20:00
Interval – 20:30
OMD – 21:00- 22:30 (approx.)

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.