Posted in music | pictures on September 22, 2011

photos by Chris La Putt

OMD @ Irving Plaza - 9/21/2011
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"You've gone back to friggin' guitar, bass and drums, how can that be the future? Bloody hell."

That's Andy McCluskey, of the English synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, circa 2000, reacting to the garage-rock bands that were suddenly all over. He was, to put it mildly, peeved. Once upon a time, OMD sounded as fearlessly futuristic as anything in pop music, and they were certain that their magical machines would render guitars obsolete. Now, well into middle age (and in the midst of an American tour that hits New York [last night and the night before]), they sound like a glorious old vision of a future that never arrived. The emergence of synth pop coincided with that of punk rock in the late 1970s, and the two shared similar do-it-ourselves, reject-the-geezers values. But although synth pop was eminently more progressive and daring, it's the punk rockers whom everybody looks back on with intense fondness and admiration. Who knows why this is? It could be as simple as that the guitar is such an awesome prop and that nobody has ever looked cool fingering notes on a synthesizer.

Whatever OMD may lack in stage presence, they make up for with songs. They had great danceable hits like "Enola Gay and "Electricity", and they also indulged in sonic experiments that are just as appealing, if you can give them time to sink in. [NY Times]

Pictures from last night's OMD show, including one of the setlist (that isn't exactly what they played), and the actual setlist from the night before, below...

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Concert Setlist at Irving Plaza
, New York, NY, USA on September 20, 2011

Dazzle Ships
Stanlow
Messages
Tesla Girls
She's Leaving
(Forever) Live and Die
History of Modern
If You Leave
Souvenir
Joan Of Arc
Maid Of Orleans
Statues
If You Want It
Talking Loud And Clear
So In Love
Sister Mary Says
Locomotion
Dreaming
Sailing On The Seven Seas
Enola Gay

Encore:
Milky Way
Secret
Electricity

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Comments (21)

Orchestral Maneuvers to Spin Doctors in the Dark

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 10:45 AM

shit is dope

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 10:58 AM

I should have gone to this show.

Posted by Dan | September 22, 2011 11:01 AM

I see a Jazz Bass and a Drum Kit

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:01 AM

They played several Spin Doctors cover songs. It was quite a moment.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:03 AM

Had no idea they played last night. Glad to hear they didn't take any stupid Spin Doctors requests.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:13 AM

only song i know is if you leave

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:16 AM

They actually played several Spin Doctors requests after the reporter left, it was the highest point of the show. Amazing covers!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:16 AM

fuck this old man shit. beach fossils tonite!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:24 AM

TOYNBEE IDEA BRITAIN VS SPIN DOCTORS BROS ON FIRE VS BLOKES W HEPATITIS GUITARS SLAY BITCH KEYS 3333.55 TIMES 1894794

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:29 AM

Wimpy pop then, wimpy pop now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:37 AM

Memes suck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:47 AM

you know who loves puppies? The spin doctors

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:48 AM

Me me? You You? Spin Doctors Doctors give me the news, we got a sweet case of loving you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:52 AM

If you leave

before we play Spin Doctors covers

please don't take my heart away.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 11:54 AM

this is why i hate the pretentious Times,
if you play at being english and use GEEZER then you can't say PUNK ROCK.
PUNK is the real and only name of the genre.

Posted by ME | September 22, 2011 12:10 PM

omg omd lmfao

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 12:12 PM

How Bizarre

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 12:57 PM

You know what's not bizarre? Spin Doctors!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 1:24 PM

watch out for the camera crane

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 1:27 PM

they arent not OAR

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2011 7:40 PM

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