Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette
Ahead of their UK arena tour, we caught up with Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark for a chat on Drive.
The band formed in 1978 and are regarded as pioneers of electronic music. While very much known for their pop hits – having scored 7 top 10 albums and 5 top 10 singles – they’ve also released some great experimental music too, most notably 1983’s Dazzle Ships which almost killed off their career but is now seen as one of the classic albums of its genre.
The band are still as popular as ever – their most recent album The Punishment Of Luxury reached no 4 in the UK on its release four years ago, and also made it to the top 10 in Germany and Ireland too.
We’ve been fortunate enough to interview both Andy and his OMD partner Paul Humphries a few times over the years and they are always fantastic fun on the radio.
The band are touring to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Architecture & Morality. Andy chatted to Drive host Stewart Pink about the formation of OMD and having creative freedom as an artist, Andy’s son’s band MiG15, his daughter’s Gameboy and being mostly responsible for Atomic Kitten.
You can also get to find out why Andy banned Stewart from all venues on their forthcoming tour, which was a twist we weren’t expecting!
The interview can be heard again at www.phoenixfm.com and details of OMD’s tour can be found at www.omd.uk.com.