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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

On electro-pop stardom, Kraftwerk, religion and the new album

Andy McLuskey (right) with OMD partner Paul Humphries, both sternly pondering the future of electro-pop

Andy McCluskey (b 1959) is singer and frontman of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, one of the most successful groups of the late Seventies and early Eighties electro-pop boom. They reformed five years ago but have been in no rush to dive into things, finally releasing a new album, History of Modern, this autumn.

Andy McCluskey (b 1959) is singer and frontman of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, one of the most successful groups of the late Seventies and early Eighties electro-pop boom. They reformed five years ago but have been in no rush to dive into things, finally releasing a new album, History of Modern, this autumn.

The band are about to embark on their biggest tour for many years

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This was a candid interview. I've never heard Andy comment on drug usage before. In the end, he's right. The new album is [apart from three numbers I don't care for] their strongest material since "Dazzle Ships." I rate "History of Modern" as their 4th best album overall. When I received my copy, it dominated my listening for a month like nothing had in over 20 years.

Some ten years ago I made my own sampler with "Best of", and like to listen to it - damn, they were good. And this voice... But for me "Dazzle Ship" is a rare master piece, and the only OMD album that I listen entirely. In vinyl, because it sound much better than from CD.

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