An evening with the electronic music legends
This event takes place in the British Library Theatre and will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person, or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.
The online version of this event will be live captioned.
It is now over 40 years since Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) first appeared on Top Of The Pops, performing debut single ‘Electricity’. Hailing from the Wirral, they went on to sell 25 million singles and 15 million albums and establish themselves as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups.
Their classic LPs include Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980), Organisation (1980), Architecture & Morality (1981) Dazzle Ships (1983) and many others released since reforming in 2006. Despite their pioneering electronics there was always a warmth and wistful emotional quality to their songs – such as ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Souvenir’ or ‘Joan of Arc’ – that has consistently made them different.
Join the duo that are OMD, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys as they talk to DJ and radio host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy about their music and remarkable career. Plus a Q&A and a full playback of Architecture & Morality on a world class hi-fi system.
Classic Album Sundays, founded by Colleen Murphy, is a long running series of events (not always on Sundays!) and a rich website that tells the stories behind the albums that have shaped our culture and our lives.
Part of the British Library’s 2022 Season of Sound, a range of talks, discussions and performances celebrating the Library’s sound archive of over six million recordings.
Image of OMD by Alex Lake.
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