The QUESTIONS & ANSWERS section of the Official OMD Website proved to be a popular feature in which queries about OMD’s record releases and career could be answered directly by ANDY McCLUSKEY or by site administrator and OMD archivist Paul Browne.
The context for many of the queries and replies featured on these pages has obviously changed over time but have been preserved here intact as a window on a particular period in OMD’s history.
Being a long term fan of Orchestral Manoeuvres, I have always wondered which Kraftwerk track was the source of your inspiration? Also, what year did you discover them?
“1975. Autobahn blew me away.” – Andy
I would just like to know just what Barry White and others thought of the songs OMD covered like Dream of Me, The More I See You and Neon Lights?
“Barry White liked what I did with Dream Of Me and Kraftwerk said that they liked Neon Lights.” – Andy
If OMD was inspired by Neu, in which aspects? Neu were primarily guitar/drums and were a mantrarock (ie krautrock) group and synth is not nearly always audible.
“I liked the hypnotic and melancholy nature.” – Andy
Which Joy Division song do you like the most ? How would you describe Ian Curtis ? I’ve read the Messages biography and I know that you were a fan of this Manchester band. I find that She’s leaving comes very close to Joy Division.
“Atmosphere” – Andy
What is the cover of Dazzle Ships? is it an abstract image of ships?
Ed Verrilla, Pittsburgh
It takes its design concept from the type of painted camouflage on warships in the First World War. They were called Dazzle Ships, hence the nautical sounds on the title track.
The original Q&A pages first appeared on the Official OMD Website in 1998
Revised text 4th February 2014
Publications that have featured his contributions include Electronic Sound, Metro, Japan Update Weekly, J-Pop Go, Wavegirl and The Electricity Club.