Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark discography

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark discography
Studio albums 12
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 5
Video albums 8
Music videos 45
EPs 2
Singles 38

The discography of English synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) includes 12 studio albums and 38 singles, among other releases. Since the late 1970s, the group have cultivated a legacy as innovators within popular music, with sales of more than 40 million records to date.

OMD formed in 1978 and began issuing records the following year, entering mainstream consciousness with the five million-selling 1980 single "Enola Gay". The next year's Architecture & Morality sold over four million units; its three singles shifted a combined 8 million copies. However, the challenging Dazzle Ships (1983) eroded consumer interest in Europe. A shift toward more pop-oriented songwriting bred greater US sales, culminating in the 1986 hit, "If You Leave". In 1989, creative differences rendered frontman Andy McCluskey the band's sole member, as co-founder Paul Humphreys formed spin-off group The Listening Pool. Enlisting new bandmates, McCluskey recorded the three million-selling Sugar Tax (1991), which re-established the group as a chart commodity in the UK. Supplanted by alternative rock acts in the mid-1990s, OMD's fortunes waned, and the band were dissolved in 1996.

In 2006, OMD reformed with Humphreys back in the fold and have been releasing material from 2010 onward, while continuing to regain European chart prominence.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
GER
[3]
NLD
[4]
NZ
[5]
US
[6]
1980 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • Release date: 22 February 1980
  • Label: Dindisc
27 49
Organisation
  • Release date: 24 October 1980
  • Label: Dindisc
6 18
1981 Architecture & Morality
  • Release date: 8 November 1981
  • Label: Dindisc
3 62 8 1 22 144
  • UK: Platinum[7]
1983 Dazzle Ships 5 100 11 15 10 162
1984 Junk Culture
  • Release date: 30 April 1984
  • Label: Virgin
9 54 32 9 182
1985 Crush
  • Release date: 17 June 1985
  • Label: Virgin
13 23 13 23 38
1986 The Pacific Age
  • Release date: 29 September 1986
  • Label: Virgin
15 36 15 15 14 47
  • UK: Silver[7]
  • CAN: Platinum[8]
1991 Sugar Tax
  • Release date: 7 May 1991
  • Label: Virgin
3 96 8
  • GER: Platinum[7]
  • UK: Platinum[7]
1993 Liberator
  • Release date: 14 June 1993
  • Label: Virgin
14 17 36 169
1996 Universal
  • Release date: 2 September 1996
  • Label: Virgin
24 39
2010 History of Modern 28 5 97
2013 English Electric
  • Release date: 8 April 2013
  • Label: BMG[9]
12 10

Live albums[edit]

Year Title
2000 Peel Sessions 1979–1983
2008 OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More
2011 OMD: The History of Modern Tour – Live in Berlin
2015 OMD, Dazzle Ships Live at the Museum of Liverpool
2015 Access All Areas (live 1980)
2016 Architecture & Morality/Dazzle Ships Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
GER
[3]
NLD
[4]
NZ
[5]
US
[6]
1988 The Best of OMD
  • Release date: 12 March 1988
  • Label: Virgin
2 42 8 4 1 46
1998 The OMD Singles
  • Release date: 28 September 1998
  • Label: Virgin
16 30 50
  • UK: Silver[7]
2001 Navigation: The OMD B-Sides
  • Release date: 14 May 2001
  • Label: Virgin
2008 Messages: Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 29 September 2008
  • Label: EMI
2011 So80s (Soeighties) Present OMD – Curated by Blank & Jones
  • Release date: 7 February 2011
  • Label: EMI, Soundcolours

Singles[edit]

1970s–1980s
Year Song Chart positions Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[11]
GER
[3]
IRE
[12]
NLD
[13]
NZ
[5]
US
[14]
US Dance
[14]
1979 "Electricity" (released twice) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
1980 "Red Frame/White Light" 67
"Electricity" (third release) 99
"Messages" 13 67
"Enola Gay" 8 47 14 31 34 Organisation
1981 "Souvenir" 3 57 39 9 38 Architecture & Morality
"Joan of Arc" 5 13
1982 "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)" 4 78 32 1 5 1 7
"She's Leaving" (NLD only)
1983 "Genetic Engineering" 20 20 11 Dazzle Ships
"Telegraph" 42 39 28
1984 "Locomotion" 5 30 14 4 8 32 61 Junk Culture
"Talking Loud and Clear" 11 18 9 6
"Tesla Girls" 21 21 33
"Never Turn Away" 70 29
1985 "So in Love" 27 56 18 13 12 26 16 Crush
"Secret" 34 31 25 24 63
"La Femme Accident" 42 49
1986 "If You Leave" 48 15 5 8 5 4 Pretty in Pink soundtrack
"(Forever) Live and Die" 11 19 10 8 13 5 14 19 The Pacific Age
"We Love You" 54 18 26 16
1987 "Shame" 52
1988 "Dreaming" 50 33 22 26 37 16 6 The Best of OMD
"Brides of Frankenstein" (club promo) 7
1990s–present
Year Song Chart positions Album
UK
[1]
AUS
[2]
GER
[3]
IRE
[12]
NLD
[13]
NZ
[5]
US Dance
[14]
1991 "Sailing on the Seven Seas" 3 77 9 5 9 Sugar Tax
"Pandora's Box (It's a Long, Long Way)" 7 53 11 19 11
"Then You Turn Away" 50 56
"Call My Name" 50 28
1993 "Stand Above Me" 21 33 39 6 Liberator
"Dream of Me (Based on Love's Theme)" 24 53 22
"Everyday" 59 60
1996 "Walking on the Milky Way" 17 53 Universal
"Universal" 55
2010 "If You Want It" 176 49 History of Modern
"Sister Marie Says" 169
"History of Modern Pt.1"
2013 "Metroland" English Electric
"Dresden"
"Night Café"

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
UK
[1]
1998 The OMD Remixes 35
2011 History of Modern (Part I)

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Release date Title Format Additional information
July 1982 (1982-07) Live at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane LD (Japan only), VHS, Betamax, DVD (2007) Live concert. A DVD of this concert came with the 2007 reissue of Architecture & Morality.
June 1985 (1985-06) Crush the Movie LD (Japan only), VHS, Betamax Documentary on the band during the recording of Crush, with promo videos of the album's singles.
12 March 1988 (1988-03-12) The Best of OMD VHS Promo videos
November 2007 (2007-11) Souvenir DVD Documentary on the history of the band, including the reformation in 2006/2007.
28 April 2008 (2008-04-28) OMD Live: Architecture & Morality & More DVD Live concert
29 September 2008 (2008-09-29) Messages: Greatest Hits DVD Promo videos
14 December 2009 (2009-12-14) Electricity: OMD with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra DVD Live concert
29 May 2015 (2015-05-29) OMD, Dazzle Ships Live at the Museum of Liverpool DVD Live concert

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
1979 "Electricity"
1980 "Red Frame/White Light"
"Messages"
"Enola Gay" (Version 1)
"Enola Gay" (Version 2)
1981 "Souvenir"
1982 "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)"
1983 "Genetic Engineering"
"Telegraph"
1984 "Locomotion"
"Talking Loud and Clear" (Version 1)
"Talking Loud and Clear" (Version 2)
"Tesla Girls"
"Never Turn Away"
1985 "So in Love"
"Secret"
"La Femme Accident"
"Hold You"
1986 "If You Leave"
"(Forever) Live and Die"
"We Love You"
1987 "Shame" (version 1)
"Shame" (version 2)
1988 "Dreaming"
1991 "Sailing on the Seven Seas" (UK version)
"Sailing on the Seven Seas" (US version)
"Pandora's Box" (UK version)
"Pandora's Box (It's a Long, Long, Way)" (US version)
"Then You Turn Away"
"Call My Name"
1993 "Stand Above Me" (Smoking Version)
"Stand Above Me" (Non-Smoking Version)
"Dream of Me (Based on Love's Theme)"
"Everyday"
1996 "Walking on the Milky Way"
"Universal"
1998 "Enola Gay" (Sash Remix)
2010 "If You Want It"
"Sister Marie Says"
2013 "Please Remain Seated"
"Decimal"
"Atomic Ranch"
"Metroland"
"Dresden"
"Night Café"

"Enola Gay" (Version 2) appeared on the video release of The Best of OMD as did "Talking Loud and Clear" (Version 2). "Enola Gay" (Version 1) is in turn featured on the DVD Messages: OMD Greatest Hits.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Song Soundtrack
1981 "Enola Gay" Urgh! A Music War
1985 "Tesla Girls" Weird Science
1986 "If You Leave" Pretty in Pink
"We Love You" Playing for Keeps
1988 "Secret" Arthur 2: On the Rocks
1991 Film score (unreleased) For the Greater Good (TV)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d Australian chart peaks:
    • Top 100 (Kent Music Report) peaks to 19 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 224. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA from mid 1983 until 19 June 1988.
    • Top 100 (ARIA Chart) peaks from January 1990 to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Charts Surfer - UK, German and French charts". charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  4. ^ a b Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Hitdossier
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  9. ^ http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/bmg-signs-omd-2/
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