YOU ME & OMD – postponed

We are really sorry to say that after numerous conversations we have taken the heartbreaking decision to postpone the YOU ME & OMD livestream event to March 27th.

Whilst there is nothing in the government’s new regulations that technically prevents us from proceeding with the event, we feel it would be against the spirit of the fight against the virus to allow band members who live in a Tier 3 area to be travelling and working in a venue alongside crew members who have travelled from other parts of the country. Similarly we are concerned about the movement of the audience.

Additionally, whilst Andy’s symptoms remain extremely mild and his isolation period is due to end in the coming days, it would be irresponsible to resume rehearsals with the rest of the band and crew.

This now means that the crew’s next work opportunity is 6 months away. Whilst refunds for the event are available, we urge you (if you can) to keep your ticket for the rescheduled date in March. If you are in a position to contribute, we would really appreciate it if you are able to purchase some YOU ME & OMD merchandise or donate via the website – this income will provide some much needed help to the crew over the next 6 months ahead of the event. Some of the crew have already put significant work in and we are of course ensuring that they will be paid for this despite the postponement.

We can’t wait to get back on stage. We are absolutely devastated but know it will be worth the wait. Thank you for your understanding and all your contributions so far. Your support means the world.

Please support the crew by purchasing merchandise here: https://store.omd.uk.com/collections/you-me-omd

YOU ME & OMD

We are very excited to announce our return to the stage with “YOU ME & OMD”, a live-streamed gig in aid of our fantastic road crew who have not had any work since February and who face an extremely uncertain future.
YOU ME & OMD will take place on Saturday 24th October at 9pm UK time. The show will feature selections from Architecture & Morality as well as plenty of greatest hits.  Tickets are on sale now.


There are 4 classes of ticket available:

– Livestream Access
– Livestream Access + exclusive pre-sale for the band’s next UK, Ireland, Europe & American tours (to be announced subsequently)
– Join the remote audience via Zoom – you will appear on screens in the venue, the band will see you from the stage. Limited availability.
– Join us at the venue itself – a very limited number of socially distanced pairs of tickets will be available via a semi-blind auction.

There is also a variety of YOU ME & OMD merchandise available, all in aid of the crew.

More information on each of the above ticket types is available here

OMD – Live From Your Sofa – Virtual Merch Desk

At 6pm UK time on Saturday the virtual merch desk will open: https://store.omd.uk.com/collections/omd-live-from-your-sofa-virtual-merch-desk

There will be brand new T shirts, reissues of some of the Architecture & Morality 1981 merchandise range, rare test pressings, out of print records, signed setlists from the last seven years and much more.

There will also be a charity raffle for the ultimate bundle of OMD test pressings. Tickets cost £2 and all proceeds will go to charities chosen by the band and those who work closely with them.

Below is an exhaustive list of the items which will be made available at 6pm UK time on Saturday. Many of these items are available in very small quantities – we expect demand to be high so apologies in advance if you have technical problems adding items to your basket or checking out. If there is an item you are particularly keen to get we suggest you add it to your basket at 6pm and check out as soon as possible.

NEW MERCH

OMD: Live From Your Sofa – Event T-shirt
4 Band Member White T Shirt
Architecture & Morality Yellow T Shirt
Architecture & Morality Scarf
Joan of Arc Enamel Badge
Architecture & Morality Enamel Badge
Debut Album Design Enamel Badge

RARITIES

Test Pressings (Sister Marie Says 7”, The Future Will be Silent 10:, The Punishment of Luxury LP, The Punishment of Luxury 12”, What Have We Done 12”, Messages 1978 Demo Flexi 7”)
If You Want It (7”, CD Single, Maxi CD Single, Promo CD)
Sister Marie Says (7”, Promo CD) 
History of Modern Part 1 (CD, 10”)
History of Modern (Orange Vinyl, Box Set)
Dresden (CD Single)
The Future Will Be Silent (10” Picture Disc)
Night Café (CD)
English Electric (LP, Box Set)
English Electric Tour Programme
English Electric Keyring
Dazzle Ships Live at the Museum of Liverpool (Signed CD+DVD, 12” Picture Disc)
Dazzle Ships / Architecture & Morality 2016 Tour Programme
Isotype (12”, Promo CD)
The Punishment of Luxury (12”, Promo CD)
What Have We Done (12”)
The Punishment of Luxury (Yellow Vinyl LP, Signed Yellow Vinyl LP)
Messages 1978 Demo (Flexi Disc)

SIGNED SETLISTS

2019 Souvenir Tour – Hammersmith Apollo (the very gig which we are all watching)
2013 UK Tour (Ipswich, London, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Gateshead, Liverpool)
2016 Dazzle Ships/A&M Tour (Berlin)
2017-18 The Punishment of Luxury Tour (UK leg, Dublin, York, German leg, Tilburg/Antwerp/Lausanne leg, Europe 2018 leg)
2019-20 Souvenir Tour (Belfast, Dublin, Nottingham, Hull, Sheffield, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leicester, Bath, Oxford, Guildford, Cambridge, Ipswich, Bexhill, Bournemouth, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris)

OMD – Live From Your Sofa

We are really excited to announce OMD Live From Your Sofa!

This is an online gig featuring never before seen footage of the whole of last year’s Hammersmith Apollo show.

The footage will premiere at 8pm (UK time) on YouTube on Saturday 9th May. This will mean everyone watching will see it all at the same time. We hope that this means that fans are able to join each other digitally for the gig.

Hopefully many will be able to access YouTube through their TV.

We have much more to announce about the event throughout the next week and a half. Watch for further announcements!

Architecture & Morality T Shirt Vote

We will soon be re-issuing a number of classic 1981 Architecture & Morality merchandise items.

We have decided that the T shirt should be a different colour to the original navy blue and should instead be based on one of the original four album colour schemes. We want to know which the most popular is – the decision is yours.

Vote below



What colour should the re-issued 1981 style Architecture & Morality T Shirt be?
  • Pale Yellow 35%, 487 votes
    487 votes 35%
    487 votes - 35% of all votes
  • Pale Blue 29%, 407 votes
    407 votes 29%
    407 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Grey 27%, 388 votes
    388 votes 27%
    388 votes - 27% of all votes
  • Pale Green 9%, 129 votes
    129 votes 9%
    129 votes - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 1411
22nd April 2020 - 26th April 2020
Voting is closed

OMD return to the Royal Albert Hall

We are thrilled to announce that we are returning to the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London on 28th September. We will be playing two sets – the first will be atmospheric fan favourites such as Stanlow, Our System, Statues and Ghost Star. We’ll also be including a selection of tracks from our debut album in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The second set will be a full Greatest Hits set.
 
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 6th March from here.
 
A number of premium seat & merchandise packages will be available as part of a pre-sale at 9am on Wednesday 4th March from here
 

OMD return to the Wirral

We’re delighted to announce our first gig back home on the Wirral since 1979!

 

On 9th May Andy and Paul will play a 2-man show at Near Future, the new pop-up 350 capacity venue in Birkenhead. It will be the first ever show at the venue. In order to capture the spirit of the band’s early Wirral gigs, the setlist will feature seven songs from the band’s debut album.

 

250 tickets will be available as an OMD fan presale on 14th Feb at 9am from here.

The remaining 100 tickets will be available on general sale on 14th Feb at 10am from here.

 

We are aware that demand for this show will be particularly high. As such there will be a ticket limit of 2 per transaction.

“We’re Not as Good as When We Go for an Adventure”: An Exclusive Interview with Andy McCluskey of OMD on the “Souvenir” Greatest Hits and Deluxe Boxset (Part 3) by Mary L. Chang

The second of the two European-coded DVDs is an impressive trinity of material.  The first two parts are live shows that Andy McCluskey says demonstrate how time and experience changed the band for the better.  The 1981 show filmed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane was during the “Architecture and Morality” era, “when we were at the peak of our powers, but it just shows how very minimal the stage lighting was.  We were trying absolutely not to be a [conventional] rock and roll show, with crash bang wallop full of pyrotechnics and big flashing lights.  It was [about] trying to be more theatrical and moody and quite often, it was dark.”  He further notes, “When you listen to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane show, this was our third album, but we were still only 20, 21.  It’s crazy.  We were kids.  We still had all of our anxieties and nerves.”

 

In contrast, a 1985 show at Sheffield City Hall (“the most beautiful oval building”) filmed for the BBC’s Oxford Road Show series “shows a band much more confident, much more middle of the road, because we had brass with us.  We’d grown into being a bit more capable and relaxed onstage.  You can see that we’ve grown and mellowed a little bit by the mid-eighties.  It’s nice to see those two shows back to back.”  OMD will be returning to Sheffield on the 3rd of November, to that very same venue, on their European and UK 40th anniversary tour.

 

Also included on the second DVD is Crush the Movie, previously only available on VHS cassette in the eighties.  I ask Andy if the original intention of the film was to promote the album, or vice versa.  “It’s hard to know, really.  Someone persuaded us to make this complete film.  It was available as a video to purchase, so the fans could buy it, and it obviously contains the promo videos for the single releases.  But it was one of those things you do and you look back and think, I wonder how much that cost us?

 

“People say, ‘you look so serious in your photographs, and your music is dead serious.’  And we’re like, ‘we are serious about our music.  But we ourselves are ordinary guys who have a laugh.’  So you can see us goofing off in the studio and when we’re filming in Spain.  I think that was quite nice, to see a different side of OMD.  It hasn’t been available since it was available on VHS video, so we thought we’d make it available digitally because a lot of people haven’t seen it in decades.”

 

Included in the film is Andy and Paul Humphreys’ parody of an ABBA-themed sketch from Not the Nine O’Clock News, a tv programme that made Rowan Atkinson a star.  They are in the studio with headphones on, gaily singing something called ‘One of Us is Ugly, One of Us is Cute’.  “Again, that was us, messing around in the studio, copying a comedy routine from a popular tv series at the time.  I look back at it and actually cringe because, god, what were we doing?  But it’s probably quite funny now.”  It is.

 

Arguably, the most accessible parts of the “Souvenir” deluxe boxset are the 40 singles that span OMD’s career because many, if not all, are old friends to OMD fans.  He and Paul decided to be “completely inclusive”, though Andy concedes that “some of them, maybe we could have done better [with], or we didn’t realize at the time it wasn’t as good as we thought it was.”  With the ever-present desire to try a different direction on each successive album, the singles lined up chronologically reflect this spirit of experimentation.

 

‘Don’t Go’ is their special 40th single, and it turns out it was conceived around the time they considered B-sides for 2017’s “The Punishment of Luxury”.  As Andy explains, things were promising from the start, but it took Paul’s intervention to finish the job.  “When I put the lyric on this sequencer, we thought, ‘hang on a minute, this is really good, this actually could become quite a strong song.  Let’s hold on to it.’  So we kept it, and earlier this year, when we were looking to finish the [greatest hits part of the] album, we went back to it.  It was a bit of a struggle, actually, because we knew there was something good in there [the earlier version], but we knew something was missing.  Finally, when Paul put the melody in the middle that reprises at the end, that was when we had a real clincher.

 

“The funny thing is, I started out singing it in the lower key.  Then, as it grew, I just thought, this needs to go up the octave to give it the proper McCluskey howl.  And that’s what really then elevated it to have a huge, intense, emotional kind of melancholy.  It’s a really good song.  We’re very proud of it, we thought for our 40th single in our 40th year, it stands up.  It’s good.  We know it won’t be a hit.  It’s not going to get played enough on the radio.  But we know it’s a good song.

 

“It’s one of the few songs where I’m not trading in poetry or metaphor.  It’s a pretty straight lyric about how much you can hurt when someone leaves your life.”  The tear-jerking video by Sprankenstein Studio was also just released last week.  “The video is a choker, isn’t it?” Andy jokes.  “It’s such simple line drawings.  The particular bit where the main character is sitting on the bench, aging, really shows how touching you can be with a few brushstrokes, you know?”

 

Naturally, having the singles arranged in chronological order allows Andy to reflect on the individual singles and what their success meant to him at the time.  “‘Electricity’ was never a hit, until this week when the 7” re-release was number 1 in the [UK] vinyl [singles] chart.  ‘Messages’ was our first hit, that was amazing.”

 

Sometimes, there was simply astonishment.  “‘Enola Gay’ was massive.  I remember we went to Italy and the record company asked us, ‘would you mind doing some press before we go to the tv station?’  We walked into this room and there’s 50 people and we’re like, this is a press conference!  Normally we do one-on-ones.  What the fuck?  And the first question was, ‘how does it feel to be number one in Italy?’  And we were like, ‘is this Candid Camera, is this a joke?  What?’  The record company goes, ‘yeah, it’s a surprise!  We didn’t want to tell you!’

 

“‘Maid of Orleans’ is a weird song to have been the biggest-selling song in Germany in 1982.  I mean, it starts with 40 seconds of distortion.  ‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’ was a huge release that I had as a hit on my own.  I was terrified because all I’d ever done was work with Paul and the other guys in the band.  Then ‘Walking on the Milky Way’ is one of the best songs I’ve ever written in my life, and that struggled to get to number 17 because [BBC] Radio 1 wouldn’t play it in the UK.”

 

OMD are in an enviable position where they have not one, but two fantastic primary songwriters and lead vocalists.  I ask Andy which of the songs he’s penned are his personal favourites.  “I have a soft spot for ‘Electricity’ because it was the first piece of music, an object of a song I had written.  That was the most amazing feeling, ever.  A song that Paul and I had written when we were 16, and I was now holding in my hand at age 19.  ‘Enola Gay’ because it kicked the doors open [for us] internationally.

 

“‘If You Leave’ [from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack], we’re proud of [it] because it was a remarkable piece of craftsmanship: under extreme duress, we write a song off the top of our heads in 1 day, and then it turned out to be the biggest hit.  I am very proud of ‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’ because I think I went back to the kind of ethos of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, which was ‘don’t write a hit, just write something and see what happens.  And one of them will be a hit if you’ve actually written a good song’.  ‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’ was an utterly bonkers song, but it was a massive hit in northern Europe.”

 

Andy also wants to take the time to reflect back on the two most recent OMD albums ‘English Electric’ and ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ and through the eyes of the version of him holding that original 1979 ‘Electricity’ single.  “There’s some tracks on there, because we’re looking back, because we’re reflecting, because we’re looking at 40 years, [so] I know how the 20-year old Andy McCluskey would have felt about the fact that the 60-year old McCluskey was still in the music industry.  He would have been horrified.

 

“He would have said, ‘if this is for young people, only young people make good music.  Old people make boring, conventional crap.  You need to retire before you’re 30.  Get out of the way, and let the young train come ploughing down the track.’  All I would say to him was, ‘son, totally understand where you’re coming from.  That gave you your energy and your angst, your naivete and enthusiasm.  But just have a listen to this album.  Have a listen to “The Punishment of Luxury”.’  I suspect the 20-year old Andy McCluskey would have gone, ‘wow! You guys can still do it!  Okay, carry on!’”

 

In the year of their 40th anniversary, Andy and OMD have incredible music behind them that they can be pleased with because they made it largely under their own terms.  “The one thing we’re most proud of is that for the most part, we have ploughed our own course through the music industry.  We have done what we have wanted to do.  There were times when we were under pressure.  It was only because of money – because we didn’t get into this to be rich and famous – but once it becomes what you do, you have to pay the bills to keep on creating.  If you don’t sell enough records, you get dropped, so no-one’s going to hear the next one.

 

“We sometimes had to err on the side of caution.  And the one thing that we have realised, when we err on the side of caution, we’re not as good as when we go for an adventure.”  It’s that sense of adventure, along with their healthy desire to be different, that has led OMD to write some of the greatest songs in popular music.  The “Souvenir” deluxe boxset, then, affords the music fan the chance to join them on a unique ride.  And what a ride it is.

 

Mary L. Chang is an American freelance music journalist.  She was the Editor-in-Chief of the UK/U.S./Irish music website There Goes the Fear from 2010 to 2019 and has contributed to international music outlets including DIY, Click Music and PopWreckoning.

Cancelled Watford Show

We are truly sorry to all ticket holders for last night’s show’s late notice cancellation. We were told by the venue at 5pm that the show could not go ahead and that the auditorium was out of bounds. Our crew had loaded all our equipment in and we were in the venue excited and ready for the show. We tried absolutely everything possible to make the show work but we were ultimately obliged to comply with the venue’s cancellation for safety reasons.

 

We spent much time yesterday evening looking at rescheduling possibilities but sadly there are no dates on our current tour where both the venue and the band are available except Sunday November 24th. We have a sold out show some distance away in Rostock, Germany on Monday November 25th, so unfortunately logistical factors also make this date impossible. We also can’t return for a one-off show at any other time for logistical reasons including the availability of our brilliant 20-strong crew who set the show up for us every day. With great regret, we are therefore unable to reschedule the show.

 

Additionally, we have no information on when (or if!) the venue’s problem that caused the last minute cancellation will be fixed. As such, rescheduling may mean another repeat of yesterday’s events. We understand that the venue do plan to go ahead with some less production-intensive shows in future (such as dance and comedy events) as their technical problem is caused by amplified live music with loud bass frequencies.

 

We would like to thank our fans for being so understanding about such a short-notice cancellation. We were so excited to play in Watford last night. All we can say is that we have no plans to stop touring, and we hope that we can come back to Watford at the earliest available opportunity.

 

Refunds are available from the point of purchase. This process may take a little time (particularly for those who purchased tickets directly from the venue).

 

Andy, Paul, Martin, Stuart & the whole OMD team