The Pacific Age

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The Pacific Age
Studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released 29 September 1986 (1986-09-29)[1]
Recorded 1985–1986
Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris, additional recording at Amazon Studios, Liverpool
Genre Synthpop
Length 40:18
Label Virgin
Producer Stephen Hague
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
The Pacific Age
The Best of OMD
Singles from The Pacific Age
  1. "(Forever) Live and Die"
    Released: 26 August 1986 (1986-08-26)
  2. "We Love You"
    Released: 10 November 1986 (1986-11-10)
  3. "Shame"
    Released: 13 April 1987 (1987-04-13)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Colin Larkin 3/5 stars[3]

The Pacific Age is the seventh album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1986. "(Forever) Live and Die" became the group's third hit single in the US and returned the group to the top 20 in the UK, peaking at number 11.

For the first time, Graham Weir and Neil Weir were formally credited as full members of OMD for this album; they had been involved with the group as session musicians since the re-recording of "Julia's Song" in 1984 for the "Talking Loud and Clear" single.

In a 2013 online poll, The Pacific Age was voted the 46th best album of 1986 based on the opinions of almost 53,000 respondents.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs by OMD, as per label.
  • Writing credits below as per ASCAP database.[5]
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stay (The Black Rose and the Universal Wheel)"   Paul Humphreys, Andy McCluskey 4:22
2. "(Forever) Live and Die"   Humphreys, Graham Weir, Neil Weir 3:38
3. "The Pacific Age"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:59
4. "The Dead Girls"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:48
5. "Shame"   Humphreys, McCluskey ,Weir, Weir 4:15
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Southern"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Weir, Weir 3:41
7. "Flame of Hope"   Humphreys, McCluskey 2:40
8. "Goddess of Love"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:30
9. "We Love You"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Stephen Hague 4:10
10. "Watch Us Fall"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Hague 4:11


Band members

Additional performers


  • "(Forever) Live and Die" (1986)
  • "We Love You" (1986)
  • "Shame" (1987), re-recorded single version


  1. ^ "OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - discography". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0753501597. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1986: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of the ’80s — Part 7". Slicing Up Eyeballs. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "ASCAP (THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS)". Retrieved May 3, 2015.  searchable database (search Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark/OMD/O.M.D.