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Core members Andy McCluskey (bass, keys and vocals) and Paul Humphreys (keys and vocals) formed the seminal boundary-pushing synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark—or OMD—40 years ago in North West England. They broke into the American mainstream when “If You Leave” was featured at the end of Pretty in Pink in the mid-’80s. But by 1996, OMD (above, performing “The Punishment of Luxury” live in studio for WNYC FM) would call it quits, which is where this story would end if McCluskey and Humphreys hadn’t reunited, along with Martin Cooper (keys and sax) and Stuart Kershaw (drums), in 2006. And although they could’ve relied on their deep catalog of 10 LPs at that point, essentially as a legacy act, instead they’ve continued to push forward, making new acclaimed music every few years. Their 13th studio full-length, The Punishment of Luxury (stream it below), arrived last September to considerable plaudits across the globe. “Synth-pop at its most charming and effortless,” proclaimed the Irish Times. “The band can conjure up melodies so familiar they feel like greatest hits. It’s an album so full of stylish pop perfection it would make Brandon Flowers weep into his silky pillow. While the A.V. Club added: “OMD examine the complications of progress on the sparking The Punishment of Luxury.” Back in the United States, OMD play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.
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When the post-punk quartet the D’Urbervilles took a break in 2008, singer-guitarist John O’Regan began working on the solo project Diamond Rings. And even though he became known for channeling the glam androgyny of David Bowie and Annie Lennox, the raw but hook-laden synth-pop of his 2010 album, Special Affections, spoke for itself. Diamond Rings returned last year with a bigger and bolder follow-up, Free Dimensional. But it’s still his songwriting that shines through, even when stripped of all the trappings of modern pop, never more apparent than in this take on “All the Time” in a SoHo apartment.
You can see Diamond Rings in person when he opens for OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) next Wednesday at Terminal 5. And for even more John O, watch his acoustic performance of “Put Me On” and check out his wide-ranging interview about his first solo song, his first musical memory and plenty more.
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