Pretending To See The Future – 40th Anniversary Book

We are pleased to announce the publication of the book Pretending To See The Future, in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary.

Told in the first person, Pretending To See The Future is an oral history of OMD, mixing hundreds of fan anecdotes with memories from the band, their collaborators, other musicians and celebrity admirers garnered from 40 years of recording and performing.

The book contains commentary from OMD founders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, plus band members Martin Cooper, Malcolm Holmes and Stuart Kershaw, and is packed full of memorabilia and hundreds of photos. With many images in full colour and previously unseen pictures from the band’s own archive, this is the OMD story as it’s never been told before.

The book is now available to pre-order from PledgeMusic.

All early pre-orders from Pledge will also receive an exclusive flexi-disc featuring a very rare and previously unheard demo of Messages from the summer of 1978 before Andy and Paul actually formed Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Recorded in the garage studio of school friend Paul Collister who would become OMD’s manager, and featuring the electronic drums built by Paul Humphreys. This is sound of two eighteen year old kids experimenting in early electronic music and still exploring the arrangement of a song that would become the band’s first hit single two years later.

The flexi-disc will be made to order for the initial orders and will not be available elsewhere. Order now to avoid disappointment.

Submissions for the book are still being accepted at omdbook@gmail.com – please send your own stories of notable memories of seeing the band in concert.

40th Anniversary Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Shows

We are thrilled to announce the first of our 40th Anniversary celebrations!

 

We will be returning to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic this year for a pair of concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 6th & 7th October. These dates coincide with the anniversary of our first gig which took place at Eric’s in Liverpool in October 1978.

 

The concerts will see Andy McCluskey & Paul Humphreys accompanied by the orchestra performing some of OMD’s large scale ambient tracks such as “Stanlow”, “Sealand” and “Ghost Star”. Also featuring in the performance will be material from the recent album “The Punishment of Luxury”, rare B-sides and songs that have never been played live before, as well as some of the classic hit singles.

 

There will also be a performance of a new instrumental piece entitled “And Then She Saw The Minotaur” from an as-yet unreleased film soundtrack.

 

Tickets will be on sale from 10am on Thursday 22nd February from here. Alternatively they will be available from 9:30am on the booking like 0151 709 3789. VIP packages including the best seats in the house will also be available at this time.

OMD Book – we need your help!

We are delighted to announce that a new book about OMD is being published later this year by Red Planet Publishing, and we want you to be a part of it.

Pretending To See The Future (provisional title) will tell the story of OMD from the band’s beginnings to our latest tour. Featuring memories from Andy and Paul and some of the many people they have worked with over the years, we also want to hear your memories. Tell us how and when you discovered the band’s music and your concert memories, including where and when you saw them.

We’ll feature the best stories in the book.

Please send your story (long or short, it doesn’t matter but stories may be edited) and any pictures of yourself and scans of ticket stubs or other memorabilia to omdbook@gmail.com

We can’t wait to read them!

The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material

We’re delighted to announce the CD and digital release of The Punishment of Luxury: B Sides & Bonus Material! It will be released on 15th December.

 

The tracklisting collects together all of the B sides, radio edits, extended 12″ mixes and remixes from The Punishment of Luxury era and brings them to CD for the very first time.

 

ISOTYPE
1) Isotype (Single Mix)
2) Skin
THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY
3) The Punishment of Luxury (Single Mix)
4) The Punishment of Luxury (12″ Extended Mix)
5) Lampe Licht
6) The Punishment of Luxury (Manhattan Clique Remix)
WHAT HAVE WE DONE
7) What Have We Done (Single Mix)
8) What Have We Done (12″ Extended Mix)
9) HAHAHA
10) What Have We Done (Chicky & Coco Remix)

 
Pre-order now: CD & Digital

Setlist Voting

We will be doing an online vote at each show this year. Three songs will be offered and the winner will be added to that evening’s setlist. The songs offered each day may change.

 

The online vote can only be accessed with a password which will be displayed at the merchandise desk at each show. It will close at 8pm each night so that the votes can be counted and the band can prepare before they take to the stage.

 

American Tour Announced

We are excited to announce the North American leg of The Punishment of Luxury Tour. All dates will be on sale at 10am local time on Friday 22nd Sept (except Milwaukee which will be on sale at 12 noon local time on Saturday 23rd). Ticketing details can be found on our Shows page.

 

VIP Upgrade packages including meet & greet with the band, access to soundcheck, signed setlists & other exclusive merchandise are also available – these must be purchased separately to tickets for the show itself. These are available for purchase now.

 

6th Mar – US – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
7th Mar – US – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
9th Mar – US – Boston, MA – House of Blues
10th Mar – US – New York, NY – Terminal 5
12th Mar – CA – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
14th Mar – US – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
16th Mar – US – Chicago, IL – Vic Theater
17th Mar – US – Milwaukee, WI – Northern Lights Theater
18th Mar – US – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St Entry
20th Mar – US – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
21st Mar – US – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
23rd Mar – CA – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
24th Mar – US – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
25th Mar – US – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
27th Mar – US – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
29th Mar – US – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
30th Mar – US – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
31st Mar – US – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
2nd Apr – US – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
5th Apr – US – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
6th Apr – US – Austin, TX – Emo’s
7th Apr – US – Houston, TX – House of Blues
9th Apr – US – New Orleans, LA  – Civic Theater
10th Apr – US – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater
12th Apr – US – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
13th Apr – US – St Petersburg, FL – State Theater
14th Apr – US – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

New single – “The Punishment of Luxury”

The second single to be taken from our forthcoming album The Punishment of Luxury is the title track. Watch the video here.

 

It is out now on all good download and streaming platforms. iTunesSpotifyApple Music. Those who pre-order any physical formats of the album from PledgeMusic will receive an instant download of the track as well.

 

Andy McCluskey explains: “Most people in the Western world are materially better off than their predecessors ever were and yet we are unhappier. Now we have many possessions we don’t need because we’ve been persuaded to buy. This is the punishment of luxury.”

 

Additionally it will be available as an exclusive 12″ vinyl which will be released on 13th October. The 12″ vinyl is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide and includes a 12″ extended mix of the single and an exclusive b-side entitled Lampe Licht. Pre-order from PledgeMusic or Rough Trade.