Thursday, September 13, 2007

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Synth-pop veterans Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have always been one of the more underrated bands around, despite their repertoire of spectacular pop songs about subjects as diverse as oil refineries, genetic engineering, telephone booths and Catholic schoolgirls. This Marc Almond-hosted, updated 2006 documentary provides an insightful look into their beginnings, and tracks their career to the point when they became world-renowned stars, and on to the recent reformation. Look out for the hilarious clips of frontman Andy McCluskey's endearingly silly geography-teacher-at-the-school-prom onstage dancing. On a more sombre note, it also explains, for the first time, the real reasonz behind the band's initial schism (between McCluskey and co-founder Paul Humphreys) in 1988.


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