Long before OMG entered into our vocabulary, our three favorite letters were OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark). Not only was their song, “If You Leave” featured prominently in one of our favorite John Hughes movies, Pretty in Pink, but a boy named Andy in our school was obsessed with the band. We were obsessed with him, so it was only natural that we were soon wearing OMD concert shirts and dressing like lead singer Andy McCluskey, hoping to impress our Andy. Yes, we even permed our hair.
Sadly, Andy turned out to be straight and broke our hearts. But we were able to turn to OMD for their signature sound of sexy-synth moodiness to get us through our time of despair. Molly Ringwald always came out on top, and by God, so would we!
Well now, OMD has released their first new album in more than 14 years. Titled History of Modern, it features the same sound that we’ve always loved. We hate when bands from way back in the ’80s try to reinvent their sounds to be something new and different. Instead, we prefer they stick to what made them famous and just amp it up a little bit. And that’s exactly what they’ve done here.
One of our favorite tracks is “Save Me,” which is a fun mash-up of OMD and Aretha Franklin. We also love the lyrics of “If You Want It” because it’s beautiful, inspirational and downright motivational – three things we’ll never say about that creepy Anthony Robbins.
But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve got the hookup on a free download of “Sister Marie Says”. To get the download you have to sign up for the OMD newsletter, but that’s easy enough to cancel if you don’t want to continue receiving it.
Then check out the video for their first single, “If You Want It,” which we love even more now that we’ve seen the totally hot men dancing around in their tighty-whities! OMD, you’ve worked your way back into our hearts and pants – not to mention the top of our iTunes playlist. But mostly our pants.
History of Modern
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