Malcolm Holmes

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Malcolm Holmes
Born (1960-07-28) 28 July 1960 (age 60)
Birkenhead, England
GenresNew wave, synthpop
Occupation(s)Drummer and Producer
InstrumentsDrums, electronic drums
Associated actsOrchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
The Listening Pool

Malcolm Holmes (born 28 July 1960 in Birkenhead, England) is a British drummer. He is best known for being the original drummer with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.[1]


His first drumming sessions were for The Id, who included future members of OMD. He also played on sessions for The Pale Fountains, Dalek I Love You, The Lightning Seeds and Margi Clarke, aka Margox in the late 1970s. He joined OMD in 1980.[2]

Holmes played on over 130 of the band's songs as well contributing live performances at hundreds of OMD concerts. On his first Top of the Pops TV performance in 1980 he performed standing up, playing an electronic drum kit. He used a home made electronic drum kit for live performances before they became available to the mass market.[citation needed]

He rejoined OMD when they reformed in 2006.[3]

In July 2013, while touring with OMD in Toronto, in reported stage temperatures of above 45 degrees Celsius he collapsed during the show. They subsequently left the stage, where Holmes' heart stopped. The band later announced the cancellation of the rest of their tour, which included a headlining slot at Rewind Festival in Scotland on 28 July 2013, his 53rd birthday.[4]

After making a steady recovery over the following months Holmes continues to work in the music industry.[5]


  1. ^ Rideout, Ernie (1 July 2008). Keyboard Presents the Best of the '80s: The Artists, Instruments, and Techniques of an Era. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 104–. ISBN 978-0-87930-930-5. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 May 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Mal Holmes OMD Drummer Website".