Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark formed in 1978 and lasted in various incarnations until 1996. Part of the synth-pop new wave, OMD’s early songs “Electricity” and “Enola Gay” were guaranteed to fill the dance floor at New Wave dance emporiums. The height of the band’s popularity was in the early 80’s.

After a ten-year absence OMD reformed in 2006 with the original classic line-up: the two principles– Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys–plus Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper. And now Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark has just released History of Modern, their first album in fourteen years!

The band is offering a free download of the demo for the song “Sister Marie Says” on their website. Not included on the album is OMD’s cool cover of a song by The xx (this year’s Mercury Prize winner). “VCR” is the Song of the Day.

VCR (rough mix) by OMD