I almost didn't post this. It's been stewin for a while but it just doesn't seem right. Every time I pull up OMD on YouTube and it plays back on my little computer speaker it feels wrong and I end up shutting it down. OMD feels too big to fit on a 400x325 screen. Even their name, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, is huge, grandiose, important, deep. I don't even like watching their videos. I always pictured the music they made just coming off of their bodies like human synthesizers and it disappoints me to this day to realize it originates in silly little instruments. These guys were HUGE to me. I probably liked The Smithe, Depeche Mode and The Cure better. But OMD was important to me. Whenever I wanted to feel dark and dramatic as a kid I would pull out Architecture and Morality, turn out the lights and light a few candles. If there was a girl I really wanted to impress I would just copy a few lyrics off of "Secret" and sign my name. When I wanted to feel like a grown up I would put on Crush and feel naughty that I had an album that said "get laid" on it. No double entendre or anything, they just came right out and said it. I even bought their albums in vinyl. And then bought a record player. It just seemed more serious that way.
So after you listen to these two, do me a favor. Do whatever you need to do to get one of their songs on a decent stereo, cue up "Enola Gay, Electricity or Joan of Arc", crank it to 11 and pretend it's 1986 again.
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