Souvenir: 40 Years of OMD

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with an exhibition celebrating the band’s impressive legacy at the British Music Experience in Liverpool.

The exhibition comes as part of another exciting installment of the band’s anniversary celebrations which first saw the reissue of their first four classic albums on 180g vinyl, mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and housed in their original iconic die cut sleeves designed by the legendary Peter Saville, followed by the huge world tour. The band, Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Stuart Kershaw will be starting in October in Portugal, stretching through to February 2020 finishing in Paris and including 21 UK dates. The band have just announced the release of a special box set comprising of 5 CDs and 2 DVDs housed in a 10” box set, together with a hardback book, poster and a series of 10” prints.

OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, which has established them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain’s best-loved pop groups. Their 13 albums include recently reissued ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’ (1980), ‘Organisation’ (1980), ‘Architecture & Morality’ (1981) and ‘Dazzle Ships’ (1983).

The opening night of the exhibition will consist of a private view of the exhibition (attendees will also be able to browse the incredible BME collection too) and a Q&A with Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys.

Items on display include the bands’ instruments, clothing, prints, posters and Andy’s binders full of ideas, photos and press cuttings.  Including the Vox Jaguar Organ which Paul played on Electricity, Messages and Enola Gay to the 1974 Fender Jazz Bass played by Andy on Enola Gay, Messages, Souvenir, Joan of Arc and Tesla Girls.

Andy McCluskey commented “A one-off concert at Eric's Club in Mathew Street in October 1978 just to satisfy our need to be able to say "at least played our crazy songs live", turned into a remarkable 40-year odyssey. We are honoured to have an exhibition at BME in Liverpool celebrating the journey from a two-piece experimental band with a borrowed tape recorder, through all the hits and world tours. It is incredible to look back at the primitive instruments on display and remember that it was with this miscellaneous collection of decaying junk that we set out to "change the world!"

To compliment the exhibits, there will be a short film featuring live footage of the band on the main stage screen at regular intervals throughout the day, and interactives that let you hear how the most iconic instruments on display sounded in the original recordings.

The Merch Store has a great range of OMD items for sale, including t-shirts, prints, the limited-edition box set and book, Pretending to See the Future.

A massive thanks from BME to the band for the loan of all the artefacts and for their general support throughout this exhibition.

General entry to the exhibition is available by purchasing a General Admission ticket for the BME from 11th October-5th January by clicking "Book Now" at the top of this page.