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10 Key Tracks From the British Synthpop Boom of 1980

It's 40 years since the first explosion of electronic songs revitalized the UK charts with futuristic subject matter, DIY aesthetics, and occasionally pompous lyrics. To celebrate, here's a chronological list of those Moog-infused tracks of 1980 that had the biggest impact.

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Technology Is the Servant of the Human Beings: The OMD Interview

At the turn of the postmodern era, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were on top of the world. They were the cutting edge of pop music, whether they hate to admit it or not.

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OMD: The Punishment of Luxury

On their third post-reunion album, synth veterans OMD's triumphs more than make up for a somewhat dated message.

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OMD - "The Punishment of Luxury" (Singles Going Steady)

The latest track from OMD is a straightforward indictment of consumer culture and those who would champion it.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "Enola Gay" (1980) (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"Enola Gay" is perhaps the quintessential embodiment of OMD's sound -- a romantic epic told through two alternating, and often intersecting, synthpop riffs.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

The best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Mad World celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the ‘80s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period including Duran Duran, New Order, the Smiths and here, OMD.

Lori Majewski, Jonathan Bernstein
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The Future Will Be Silent: An Interview with OMD

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark let it all out in this plainspoken, open, and rather fascinating interview about their history, their conflicts, and what it means to have fun again while being in OMD.

Dennis Shin
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OMD: English Electric

Veteran English synthpop group OMD take a mulligan on their comeback English Electric.

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OMD Will Release New Album, 'English Electric', in April

A sublime reason for early Monday happiness... a brand new OMD album is on the way April 9th that the duo describes as a "12-track letter to technology, space, love".

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10 Memorable Moments from Last Year's SXSW Music Conference

With the 2012 South by Southwest Music Conference currently underway, Sound Affects lets you know about ten moments you might have missed at last year's event.

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OMD Return to the USA and Talk to PopMatters

OMD, the legendary godfathers of synthpop, embark on a North American tour in March. Frontman Andy McCluskey talked with PopMatters about the past, the present and the History of Modern.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: History of Modern

The British synthesizer veterans OMD do their best to sabotage their own comeback album History of Modern.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More

OMD's classic lineup reunites for a rearranged live take on their 1981 masterpiece. The reinterpretation succeeds, while the ensuing hit parade merely suffices.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Dazzle Ships

OMD's concept album about Cold War-era technology and tension was a flop upon its original release in 1983. But seen through modern eyes, it's a brilliant precursor to OK Computer.


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