The music. The movies. The hair. The…lack of fashion. Anyone who came of age in the 1980s likely regrets taking part in certain fads but deep down wishes they could go back – through John Hughes-tined glasses anyway. No need for a DeLorean – one of the bands that personified the 80s sound best are mounting a comeback and thankfully haven’t changed a thing. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are touring this fall for the first time in 23 years, and thankfully their signature new wave, ’80s pop synth sound is intact.
The band, which consists of front man Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphrey, Malcolm Holmes, and Martin Cooper, are touring in support of their first new album in 15 years: History of Modern. Expect the Brits to play some new stuff (which sounds delightfully like the old stuff) as well as hits like “Dreaming” and the orca-smash “If You Leave.” Who doesn’t remember that song? Not fans of “Pretty in Pink” or anyone who owned a Walkman that’s for sure.
Anyway, I caught up with McCluskey and asked him about the tour, the new album, and bringing OMD back to life after all these years.