Happy Birthday ANDY McCLUSKEY

Andy McCluskey celebrates his birthday today, offering Messages a chance to reflect on Andy’s commentary on being part of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark for nearly 40 years. In interviews Andy has always been effusive and engaging, while also presenting … Read More

SASH! Q&A

1998 saw the release of The OMD Singles – a compilation album designed to showcase the best of OMD’s single releases. The album had originally been conceived as a double CD release featuring a bonus disc of remixes, although budgetary … Read More

MAL HOLMES INTERVIEW 2003

Following on from his involvement in post-OMD outfit The Listening Pool, MAL HOLMES launched new record label Fin Music to develop new talent. In 2003 MAL HOLMES was working with a variety of singers and musicians, such as Dean Johnson … Read More

JO MOONEY INTERVIEW 2003

Back to the archives for this interview from 2003 with musician and singer JO MOONEY. Jo was one of the artists that MAL HOLMES was working with at the time as he was very keen to promote and develop new … Read More

PHIL COXON INTERVIEW 1993

Exploring OMD’s ’90s days… The release of Liberator in 1993 saw a continuation of Andy McCluskey’s desire to keep the OMD name relevant by giving a nod to contemporary trends in music at the time. As with Sugar Tax, Andy … Read More

BRETT WICKENS INTERVIEW

OMD’s design history revealed… OMD’s history is marked not only by some classic records, but also some classic designs. The sleeves for releases such as Architecture & Morality, Souvenir, Maid Of Orleans and Dazzle Ships are iconic designs that have … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL COLLISTER

The early years of OMD were bolstered by the talents of PAUL COLLISTER who acted as the band’s first manager – as well as supplying the tape recorder known as ‘Winston’ that formed a crucial part of OMD’s sound. Post-OMD, … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH CAROL WILSON

CAROL WILSON played an integral role in OMD’s transition to commercial success by signing the band to the DinDisc record label. As founder and manager of the label (which was an independent operation under the Virgin label) Carol was also … Read More

ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY INTERVIEW : PAUL HUMPHREYS

In 1981 OMD released what has largely been regarded as their most definitive album release. Architecture & Morality brought OMD both public and critical appraisal augmented by the success of the singles ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’. … Read More

ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY INTERVIEW : MARTIN COOPER

In 1981 OMD released what has largely been regarded as their most definitive album release. Architecture & Morality brought OMD both public and critical appraisal augmented by the success of the singles ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’. … Read More

ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY INTERVIEW : MAL HOLMES

In 1981 OMD released what has largely been regarded as their most definitive album release. Architecture & Morality brought OMD both public and critical appraisal augmented by the success of the singles ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’. … Read More

ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY INTERVIEW : ANDY McCLUSKEY

In 1981 OMD released what has largely been regarded as their most definitive album release. Architecture & Morality brought OMD both public and critical appraisal augmented by the success of the singles ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’. … Read More

THE ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY INTERVIEWS

In 1981 OMD released what has largely been regarded as their most definitive album release. Architecture & Morality brought OMD both public and critical appraisal augmented by the success of the singles ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan Of Arc’ and ‘Maid Of Orleans’. … Read More

THE ORGANISATION INTERVIEWS

Arriving in the latter part of 1980, Organisation followed up the ‘garage synthpop’ of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark with an album of Gothic moods that included the classic ‘Enola Gay’. In 2003 the album was reissued featuring remastered tracks … Read More

THE OMITD INTERVIEWS

Back in 2003, OMD’s eponymous debut album was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks, sleeve notes, photos and restored artwork. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featured many of the best OMD songs, including ‘Electricity’, ‘Bunker Soldiers’ and ‘Messages’. The sleeve … Read More

ABE JUCKES INTERVIEW

The return of OMD in the 1990s saw a surge of renewed interest in the band, especially with the success of SUGAR TAX and subsequent live concerts. OMD’s live shows introduced a whole new generation of fans to OMD – … Read More

2003 MAL HOLMES INTERVIEW

Following on from his involvement in post-OMD outfit The Listening Pool, MAL HOLMES launched new record label Fin Music, responsible for the critically acclaimed album Loser Friendly by Dean Johnson. At the time this interview took place, Mally was also … Read More

ANDY McCLUSKEY Q&A 1998

From the OMD archives… In 1998 during the very early days of the Official OMD Website, fans were invited to submit questions to ANDY McCLUSKEY for a Questions and Answers session. This was the year in which the OMD SINGLES … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROB FINIGHAN

In 2006, Cardiff-based independent television producer ROB FINIGHAN approached Andy McCluskey with the suggestion of an OMD documentary. With OMD reforming it seemed the right time to capture a picture of the band as they returned to both live performances … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL HUMPHREYS 2005

In 2005 plans were already underway to remaster and reissue OMD’s 1983 album DAZZLE SHIPS. Meanwhile, PAUL HUMPHREYS was in the process of writing material for the then-forthcoming ONETWO album ‘Instead’. This interview captured Paul’s thoughts on the reissue of … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH ANDY McCLUSKEY 2009

2009 marked a significant year in OMD’s history with the band performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer, while the autumn schedule included OMD touring alongside Simple minds for a series of special concerts. History Of Modern … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH HAMBI HARALAMBOUS 2008

OMD’s video guru… From the days of Eric’s Club through to the creation of The Pink Museum and the OMD video projections, HAMBI HARALAMBOUS has carved out a exciting and varied career on the Liverpool music scene. In this interview, … Read More

PAUL HUMPHREYS INTERVIEW 2004

Continuing our OMD Archives series, here’s a 2004 interview with PAUL HUMPHREYS. His collaboration with Claudia Brücken as ONETWO was underway and their first release was just around the corner. Along the way, Paul reflects on THE ID EP, OMD … Read More

An Interview With ADRIAN PRATT

ADRIAN PRATT was a former member of PEGASUS and also founder-member of HITLERZ UNDERPANTZ – both pre-OMD bands that Andy and/or Paul were involved with. Adrian was also involved in other Liverpool bands such as Mr Grumbold before developing an … Read More

AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIA KNEALE

A former member of pre-OMD outfit The Id, Julia Kneale occupied an important role in the formative years of the popular synthpop band. Already a published writer prior to Joining The Id, Julia is perhaps best known to OMD fans … Read More

TOM SKIPP Interview

If there’s one thing that has stood out with the launch of OMD’s 2013 album release English Electric it’s the design aspect of the album and subsequent releases. From the FAC6 homage of the limited edition metal box set to … Read More

An Interview with ANDY McCLUSKEY Part 2

Since the release of HISTORY OF MODERN, OMD have been keeping busy, both with tours domestic and abroad and also with plans for their next album ENGLISH ELECTRIC. Prior to OMD’s plans for the recent North American Tour, Lori Tarchala … Read More

ANDY McCLUSKEY INTERVIEW 2011 PART 2

With the release of their post-reformation album History Of Modern, OMD embarked on a tour which took them back to the USA in 2011. In the second part of this exclusive interview, Lori Tarchala spoke to Andy McCluskey a few … Read More

An interview with ANDY McCLUSKEY

Since the release of History Of Modern, OMD have been keeping busy, both with tours domestic and abroad and also with plans for their next album ENGLISH ELECTRIC. Prior to OMD’s plans for the recent North American Tour, Lori Tarchala … Read More

ANDY McCLUSKEY INTERVIEW 2011

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s founding members Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have been making music together since the mid ’70s. They were eventually enlarged to a quartet when Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper joined the team and together they … Read More

ANDY McCLUSKEY INTERVIEW 2002

In 2002 during an active time in terms of OMD releases, and prior to the release of The Id EP, Andy McCluskey reflected on OMD’s past, present and future including the forthcoming unreleased material album Looking back with a sense … Read More