Progrography

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Music videos started out like pirate radio: furtive half-hour broadcasts during the day, slipped into alternative programming at night. So it was in a diet that included (at its best) Duran Duran, Split Enz and Talking Heads that OMD slipped in a simple wonder, "Joan of Arc." Not that the video was so visually stunning, but that song! Here was a holy grail worth hunting. I snatched up the single, Architecture & Morality, Dazzle Ships, backwards to the Kraftwerk-influenced experimental pop and forward to oblivion (dance pop). They've never made an impression on me to equal their first, but their ear for a pleasant melody seldom fails them. Their music generally falls in dark and light halves; Dazzle ends the dark, JC demarcates the light. By the way, there's a brilliant UK OMD discography at www.omd.uk.com/html/discography.html that shows us how it should be done.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1979 May Electricity
1980 February Red Frame - White Light
1980 February 22 ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK
1980 May 2 Messages
1980 September 26 Enola Gay
1980 October 24 ORGANISATION
1981 O.M.D.
1981 August 4 Souvenir
1981 October 9 Joan of Arc
1981 November 8 ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY
1982 January 15 Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)
1983 February Genetic Engineering
1983 March 4 DAZZLE SHIPS
1983 April Telegraph
1984 April 2 Locomotion
1984 April 30 JUNK CULTURE
1984 June 4 Talking Loud And Clear
1984 August 28 Tesla Girls
1984 October Never Turn Away
1985 May 13 So In Love
1985 June 17 CRUSH
1985 July 8 Secret
1985 October La Femme Accident
1986 March If You Leave
1986 August 26 (Forever) Live And Die
1986 September 29 THE PACIFIC AGE
1986 November We Love You
1987 April Shame
1988 January 25 Dreaming
1988 February THE BEST OF OMD
1988 Brides of Frankenstein
1990 November CD BOXED SET
1991 March Sailing On The Seven Seas
1991 June 11 SUGAR TAX
1991 June Pandora's Box
1991 September Then You Turn Away
1991 November Call My Name
1993 May Stand Above Me
1993 June 29 LIBERATOR
1993 July Dream of Me
1993 September Everyday
1996 UNIVERSAL
1996 August Walking On The Milky Way
1996 October Universal
1998 September 7 THE OMD REMIXES (EP)
1998 November 24 THE OMD SINGLES
2000 PEEL SESSIONS 1979-1983
2001 May 22 NAVIGATION: THE OMD B-SIDES
2008 March 31 OMD LIVE: ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY & MORE
2008 September 22 MESSAGES: OMD GREATEST HITS

SEE ALSO...
Pretty In Pink: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

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